Don’t dismiss paper Caymanians

I take exception to Mr. Case’s characterization of ‘Paper-Caymanians’ in the 21 July edition of the Caymanian Compass and I’m quite sure that a number of the 200 adults that attend the Wesleyan Holiness Church and are expats or Paper Caymanians would not be amused at being pigeon-holed as being the non-religious sheep that he seems to make them out to be.

Does Mr. Case think that only Non-Paper Caymanians'(for want of a better phrase) have the monopoly on being religious?

We were all Paper Caymanians in one way or another at one time – ( remember Mr. Case, a few hundred years ago when this Island was not populated – your predecessors and mine settled here just as many newcomers today – although admittedly in much harder circumstances).

So you too are also technically an ex-pat Paper-Caymanian – albeit, by default.

My father was born and raised in Cayman and left the country as did many Caymanians, to go to sea.

The fact that he fell in love with a non-Caymanian meant that I was born off the Island and so, am a Paper-Caymanian or would it be a Half-Paper-Caymanian?

I guess it must have been my Caymanian side that rubbed off and kept me from being a money-worshipping heathen.

Actually, my mother was the more religious influence.

By the way, religion is alive and well in the sordid and decadent world of the Paper-Caymanian.

I come from a family of staunch churchgoers both here and overseas.

As far as Sunday trading is concerned, you seem to be implying that all religious people should have exactly the same beliefs as you.

Apart from other religions (e.g. Muslim, Jewish etc which are also practiced by Caymanians), what about those who celebrate the Sabbath on a Saturday? Should they now be forced to recognize Sunday as the Sabbath because you think that it’s right ?

By all means, set aside your Sunday for worship, rest and relaxation – Although I do not feel one way or the other about Sunday trading (and no, I did not vote in the poll).

I really don’t think that those who are advocating Sunday trading are trying to make it compulsory for you to go shopping – so you may feel free to sit at home with a clear conscience.

At the end of the day, what we’re referring to is things being pushed upon us.

Let’s take the situation of Sunday loud music in bars. This is outlawed, but those same people who are not allowed to play loud music are forced to listen to loud music, drums beating and singing from churches just a few yards away whether they like it or not.

I am not criticizing nor am I saying that the churches should not be allowed to do that.

I am just making the point that despite my beliefs, maybe some people would have a problem with it and as a tolerant Christian person, I should be prepared to accept their point of view even if I do not agree with it.

At the end of the day, the Sabbath should be a day that each person in his/her heart wishes to dedicate to their God and if I need to run to the supermarket on the way home from church to get a carton of milk to put in the cups of tea/coffee of my after-church prayer group members – I don’t think God would mind and I certainly do not feel that it makes me any less religious than you, because of it.

Christianity teaches tolerance. Let us practice what we preach, not decry our fellow citizens because they have a different point of view and certainly let us not stereotype people just because they were not actually born on the Island.

You intimate that Caymanians would not bother to respond to a poll. You underestimate the intelligence of your fellow countrymen sir. Caymanians are a very intelligent people who respond in all walks of life as equally, intelligently and vibrantly as do their paper counterparts.

As the old phrase goes, I do not agree with what you are saying but I will defend your freedom to say it.

Name withheld by request

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