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Apr 1, 2016

Stirm Says Video was Intentionally Posted to Discredit His Character

Scott Stirm

On March thirtieth, Stirm issued a release as a reaction to a letter from the National Garifuna Council. In his response, Stirm says that the video was manipulatively edited and posted on social media to discredit his character due to his strong stance that he and other church leaders have taken against moral and social issues in Belize.


Scott Stirm, Vice President, National Evangelical Association of Belize

“I know more Garifuna who do not hold the ancestral spiritism than I know who practice it and I trust that you that even among the Garifuna the camp is divided on this issue as we have seen perfectly clearly today. Number four this is what is aid to Assistant Commissioner Mariano, you disrespectfully dated that in your letter that my actions were consistent with Columbus behavior. I would caution all of us, if we are going to attack each other for what whoever’s ancestors did to whosoever’s ancestors it’s going to be World War Three and Four all mashed up in one. I would rather that we find a way forward together and I sincerely mean that. Number five the sole motivation behind the editing and the circulating of the video was simply to discredit me due to the strong stance that me and other leader has taken on moral and social issues in our nation. The section fifty-three law suit, the gender policy, LGBT issues. And I say today to the National Garifuna Council, if I were to stand upon a platform for religious freedom, I would have every right to stand my ground concerning statement rooted in religious convictions as with all religious convictions and freedom in a democracy and I have been counseled to stand my ground. However in my compassion and love for my dear Garifuna brothers and sisters I willingly waved my right to humbly apologize for any offense that was caused by any of my words, my heart was not at all to offend and for that I sincerely apologize and I will not cease to pray for my dear Garifuna brothers and sisters and the rest of the nation of Belize so that we can fulfill God’s given eternal destiny in Belize. And I will continue to press towards that goal for the rest of my life. I also want to say with all of my heart that I stand upon the eternal word of God and I will never, ever, ever back down from the eternal word of God. And if anybody has a problem with that I would urge them to get on their knees and ask the one who wrote it.”


While Stirm got the support of the evangelical association, it is certainly not the end of this story.

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4 Responses for “Stirm Says Video was Intentionally Posted to Discredit His Character”

  1. Isaias says:

    Stand strong in the Word of God pastor, for you will not answer to human authority but to the One whom you serve. Paul touched the base of tradition of the Ephesians and, well, you know what happened. He did not back down. Because this world may not understand or receive the Gospel of Christ as He gave it, it does not invalidate it. On the contrary, it proves more that God is true in His Holiness. For if they do, they would discern that their acts ARE in darkness. IT WILL GET TOUGHER TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN THIS WORLD YET. (For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV)

  2. Delores Manzanero says:

    I can’t believe Mr. Stirm is the leader of a religious organization when he seems to only be interested in sowing divisiveness. He should try being more respectful towards his fellow Belizeans, even if their beliefs are not the same as his. Otherwise how can he be surprised when people complain that he is acting like Columbus.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    This is White Supremacy my people call it for what it is.It’s also Racial and Religious discrimination.My question to this bigot “SCOTH STRIM” is of all the ethnic groups in the country of Belize why did you single out the Garifuna people when their are other ethnic groups in Belize that has similar customs as the Garifuna people.Why don’t you make a webinar about the NAVAJO INDIANS in the USA who also practice Witchcraft?Belize is the only country that that you can stigmatize a race of people and get away,anywhere else you would have gotten your @whipped.

  4. Moses Benguche says:

    Every time religious fanatics evangelist want to make a point, they quote the bible as if it were the authoritative ultimate law for all mankind. Wrong. It only applies to those who accept to believe the foolishness they call faith. Consider this, the greatest most powerful in the world, the creator of man and beast is so insecure that he needs our love and devotion and if we don’t give it to him we go to hell. Tell me that is not foolishness. No true God requires that man praise and adore him for he is already God and immune to the bullshit of man who prey upon the ignorant who join the minions of blind spirits who seek to escape fear and justify their fright of thinking for themselves to learn just who and what God is.

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