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Editor’s note:This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.

Perhaps I was one of the most dumbfounded listeners to this week’s Q95 morning radio show on which an unmistakably heartbroken and despairing brother Amos lamented what seemed to be the most shocking revelation of his life!

According to the pastor’s tale, one of the most vocal and prominent pastors in our Dominican society turned out to be ‘the other man’- and the reason for his unsuccessful marriage. In an even more despicable twist, ‘the other man’ had been counseling brother Amos and his wife during marriage. In an age where so many young people are reluctant to get married and our world is populated by so many ‘baby daddys’, I am forced to wonder at the true morality of ‘the other man’! Some of us will remember having heard this ‘other man’ recently in his campaign for the so-called blasphemous musical artist ‘Movado’ to be banned from entering the country, simply to entertain several fans.

While I do sympathize with the anguished Amos, I certainly feel he has overstepped certain boundaries in his quest to ‘expose’ the hypocrisy of the religious community. Of course the entire nation should hear a first-hand account of the proliferation of corruption and scandal by the self-proclaimed self-righteous evangelical leaders who pounce on every opportunity to condemn contemporary music, cultural activities and the Catholic community that always seems to be in the wrong.

However, It was ethically wrong for the grieving brother to talk of his marriage in a manner of gossip, speaking of how he used to do all the household chores and his wife would come home and ‘put up her feet’; or of how he and his spouse would be uninvolved for up to six months. No one wants to go into a marriage which, like many, stands a chance of failing, and later discover that such trivial private matters are made public news.

The brother should have known better; the radio host was simply doing his job by probing- that’s what he is paid to do. And the male cheerleaders who called to encourage his attack of his wife’s flaws were probably suffering from ‘gopwel’ too.

In any case the story has ended on a bitter note, but I do hope that this will certainly put a stop to the evangelical community’s outrageous behaviour. There are so many religious figures in our society who have had immoral sexual relations with young women, broken up churches because they parade as the ‘more saintly leaders’ and brainwash many of our under-employed and uneducated citizens in rural communities. Many of them are like leeches who feed on the people’s ignorance and blind faith. In a nation where we’ve been so disillusioned by politicians, it is not hard to understand why ordinary people have turned to these ‘Men of God’. So why do they abuse it?

I am not condemning Amos, the scandalous wife or ‘the other man’. But I certainly hope that this revelation will put a stop to the ridiculous and petty issues frequently raised by the evangelical churches in our mainstream media- such as preventing different musical artists from performing or putting a 6-o-clock curfew on Carnival Tuesday activities (or even banning Carnival for that matter!). I know many Evangelical churchgoers who are wonderful Christians, but it always seems to be the most ‘self-righteous’ ones which are quick to condemn the ordinary people who ‘indulge in worldly pleasures’.

Hopefully Dominicans will begin to have more faith in God and less faith in pastors. And hopefully some of these pastors will begin to ‘cast …the beam out of [their] own eye;’ so they can ‘see clearly to cast …the mote out of [their brothers’ eyes].

And so we may one day see a less bitter final chapter of ‘The Pastors’ Tale’, one yet to be written, but with a happy ending.

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If you’re planning a tropical island wedding, and also a bit of adventure, then Dominica is one island destination worthy of a closer look. Dominica offers beautiful natural rainforests, cascading waterfalls, exotic beaches, swimming, and mountain hikes. The weather in Dominica is ideal for any tropical wedding, subtropical days and balmy nights.

Legal requirements for getting married in Dominica

Marriage Licenses for Nationals and Non-nationals can be obtained from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information.

Marriage Licenses are issued when:

  • Parties wish to marry at the High Court;
  • Parties wish to marry outside buildings designated for that purpose marriages (Churches ); or
  • Parties do not wish their Bann to be aired at Church.

To obtain a Marriage License the following is required:

  • Completed Application Form ‘G’ must be signed by both parties and witnessed by a Magistrate.
  • A completed Declaration Form must be signed by each party before a Commissioner of Oaths. EC $7.50 postage stamps* must be affixed to each form.
  • Birth Certificate from each – Baptismal Certificates are not accepted.
  • A non-marriage certificate must be presented to ensure that applicants have never been married.
  • If married before, a Decree of Divorce or a Death Certificate of former spouse must be produced.
  • If resident abroad, one of the applicants must reside in Dominica for 2 days immediately preceding such application. A passport must be produced for inspection.
  • A license fee of EC $300.00 must be paid on submission of the above-listed documents to the Ministry of Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information . (Personal cheques are not accepted.)
  • Stamps are available for purchase at the General Post Office in Roseau and at its branches.

Non-nationals whose documents are not in English must have all required documents translated by an authorised office or translator. All documents must be duly stamped. Please note that only the original translation will be accepted. In addition, the original and a copy of the documents should be submitted for verification and records.

Applicable Fees

  • Marriages with the Registrar’s Office – EC $30.00.
  • Marriages celebrated outside the Registrar’s Offices will cost EC $100.00 plus a reasonable transportation fee.
  • Fees are applicable for marriage ceremonies within the National Parks and other locations. Contact the Forestry Division (telephone: (767) 266-3817, e-mail: forestry@cwdom.dm) for fees for use of the National Parks.
  • Lawyers fee for statutory declaration on marital status (inclusive of Affidavit) – EC $500.00.

For more information on how to get married in Dominica, contact the Ministry of Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, call telephone# 1(767)266–3207 or email them at mincommunity@cwdom.dm.

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