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  • National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, is encouraging Jamaicans to unite against criminal elements in the society by supporting the churches that will stage Jamaica Pray on July 31, in Half-Way Tree, St. Andrew.
  • Mr. Montague said it cannot be business as usual and this is no time to point fingers. “All must become part of the solution,” he added.
  • Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Peter Bunting, also endorsed the event.

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, is encouraging Jamaicans to unite against criminal elements in the society by supporting the churches that will stage Jamaica Pray on July 31, in Half-Way Tree, St. Andrew.

He emphasised that the move by the churches needs the support from all strata of the society, as criminals should not be allowed to prevent the progress of Jamaicans, and the Government “is giving this important national event our fullest support”.

“Let us make a powerful statement for peace and lawfulness in our country, and take a united stance against crime and the criminals who threaten the very future of Jamaicans,” the Minister said.

He was endorsing the event at a press launch, held today (July 26), at the Guardian Life Building, in New Kingston, St. Andrew.

Jamaica Pray is a National Day of Prayer, organised by the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, and will last from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is the Christian community’s approach to seek divine intervention to counter crime and violence.

Mr.  Montague said it cannot be business as usual and this is no time to point fingers. “All must become part of the solution,” he added.

The Minister pointed out that crime is a multifaceted problem, which must be tackled on many fronts.

He said many studies have shown that the issue has its roots in poor parenting, a breakdown in social institutions, and a deterioration in moral and social standards.

“The religious community in general, and the church in particular, cannot ignore these trends; you must redouble your efforts to promote righteousness in the land,” the Minister urged, while commending the church community for their efforts to stem crime.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Peter Bunting, also endorsed the event.

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Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague (3rd left), and Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Peter Bunting (4th left), join hands in prayer with leaders of the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches, at the press launch of Jamaica Pray, held on July 26, at the Guardian Life Building, in New Kingston, St. Andrew. The event, set for July 31 in Half-Way Tree, is the Christian community’s approach to seek divine intervention as it relates to crime and violence.

He pointed out that through the work of churches in the St. Catherine North Police Division, there has been a significant reduction in criminal activities in the area.