Let me start by saying that I have been happily associated with The Cayman Islands for about 20 years and that bond was forged initially and has been maintained in no small part through the vehicle of Pirate’s Week.
I have been to the spring festival of Batabano and have also visited the Islands at other times of year.
I count my Cayman Islands friends among the best of my entire life. I’ve watched many of the children on the Islands grow up and become fine young adults.
I’ve seen Cayman businesses come, and sadly have watched some of them go and all of them saw benefits from Pirate’s Week. What’s more, I know of no business that has ever been hurt by the festival in any way.
Never has the concept of island heritage been lost or even diminished by the pirate theme and never has the overwhelming response to Pirate’s Week been a deterrent to or interfered in any way with the many wonderful Heritage Days celebrations that take place around the islands during that time of year.
The argument that this one week out of the year is going to somehow misdirect the youth of the region away from traditional Christian values and appreciation of their national heritage is ludicrous. That only suggests to me that the church community is failing miserably during the other 51 weeks of the year.
Further, it would seem to me, having seen the church presence and influence on the Island throughout the year, including the time of Pirate’s Week that they should collectively see an opportunity rather than a detriment.
As a Christian myself, I find the church’s stand on this issue more than a little offensive. We believers choose to live in faith or in fear and there is nothing about Pirate’s Week that should bring fear to the top.
The idea that pirates were not a part of Cayman’s history is nothing short of denial.
Any celebration of the heritage of this particular part of The Caribbean must include all of Cayman’s history, not just the parts that a small handful of politically motivated individuals prefer.
I sympathize whole heartedly with Mary Trumbach and her family. I share her feelings of hurt, disgust and betrayal. I also agree with her that decisions like this which are made without much input from the whole community is more than just unfair.
It insults every citizen and every visitor who have shown such tremendous loyalty to the festival for all of these years.
Henry Ford is credited with saying, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’. Pirate’s Week is, and pretty much always has been, a success. It’s not broke, so leave it alone.