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Sep 19, 2014

Interim Injunction to Stop Alkaline Concert at Sacred Heart College Granted

Michel Chebat

Late this evening, representatives of the Roman Catholic Church rushed to the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction to stop a concert that is planned for this Independence holiday weekend at a church-state school in San Ignacio. It follows a statement issued this morning by Bishop Dorick Wright. The Church is outraged that Sacred Heart College has made its facilities available for a concert by Dancehall performing artist Alkaline. Popular among youthful audiences, Alkaline and his subgenre of Dancehall music have been described as both satanic and lewd. In a brief appearance at our studio on Thursday, Alkaline’s look was somewhat unsettling, complete with black corneal tattoos and a ghastly mask.  The Bishop says the decision to rent the facilities represents, “a serious error in judgment on the part of the Administration of Sacred Heart.” Bishop Wright is also of the view that the event presents a grave moral danger to the socially fragile and impressionable youths from all over Belize who will attend. This evening, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin directed that the injunction be heard in the courtroom of Justice Courtney Abel. Shortly after five o’clock, attorney Michel Chebat, on behalf of the Catholic Church, told the media that an interim injunction has been granted and that an inter parte hearing is set for Saturday morning at ten o’clock to determine the fate of Alkaline’s performance at Sacred Heart College.  

 

Michel Chebat, Attorney

“It’s an application by the Catholic Church of Belize and the injunction is geared at preventing Alkaline’s concert at the Sacred Heart College grounds. As you all may be aware, in the church’s view, this artist does not reflect the morals and the values of the Catholic Church. It is alleged that this gentleman is involved in satanic worship, his lyrics are lewd. I would say to you that somebody like that should not be allowed to even enter into Belize. He is not somebody that we would want our youths to be exposed. And so thankfully the court has seen that and the court has granted a temporary injunction preventing the concert. We are to return tomorrow morning at ten o’clock for an inter parte hearing where the promoters will get an opportunity for the court to hear them if they so wish.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“One of the questions is why at a last minute, at the eleventh hour; would the catholic church decide to forward this particular request?”

 

Michel Chebat

“[Umm] This has just been brought to the bishop’s attention and it is the bishop who has mandated and has instructed me to proceed to obtain the injunction. As you all are aware, the Roman Catholic Church is the proprietor of Sacred Heart College and in that light he is the ultimate authority over that school and he has so exercised his authority today.”

 

Reporter

“This might be seen or taken as a publicity stunt. Any sort of publicity is good publicity even though it is bad; it might boost ticket sales for the artist. How do you respond to those who say that the church has bought into that game and they have allowed Mister Alkaline more attention than he wouldn’t have got, had you not taken this step?”

 

Michel Chebat

“I think your comment is a fair comment. We would hope that people out there who are looking and listening and who have done the research on Alkaline would know exactly what it is that he represents and would stop their children from attending this concert. Certainly we don’t want our kids to be exposed to this kind of a person, bottom line.”

 

Reporter

“Sir but shouldn’t the organization’s principal and dean, shouldn’t she have vetted this individual before granting permission for this concert?”

 

Michel Chebat

“Absolutely, absolutely. But whether she did or did not, it does not prevent the bishop, who is the ultimate authority so to act. And that is what he has done. He has acted and this is where we are today.”

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4 Responses for “Interim Injunction to Stop Alkaline Concert at Sacred Heart College Granted”

  1. Retired CEO says:

    I totally agree with Bishop Wright, Belize has become a cess-pool of all types of degenerated behavior. Explicitly sexual, gay n pride, nasty party mentality in the name of art and culture.

  2. DJ says:

    Seriously?! The church is taking action on this nonsense? Instead of sticking their noses in where it does not belong they should show this much concern for the same Bull**** happening through out the country. In case their common sense have not kicked in yet, youths are constantly exposed to violent content and situations. The church should be put boundaries and not be allowed to have so much inconvenience. Instead of focusing their attention on minor things like this they could help make campaigns, help educate the people more and stop brain washing them. This country is slowly but surely going downhill with all the idiots we put into power.

  3. citizen says:

    All I can say is: what a lack of professionalism on behalf of the school’s management!

  4. CEO says:

    I do not like a lot of crap that the church does because their priests are some of the most who are responsible for criminal acts against minors and the church has been covering it up for hundreds of years but they are the first to show up to protest gay rights issues, nonetheless Mr DJ, your reasoning is intrinsically flawed! If I understand you correctly you are saying that because the country is in bad shape so lets open the flood gates and let every degenerate in to do what ever?

    I say we need to start correcting the ills of the country and society and the church (and the church has, on paper, made some good changes).

    I agree with the Bishop this time!

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