SOURCE: OBSERVER – Antigua’s Christian Ministries Centre has implemented a new policy that prohibits cannabis smokers from becoming godparents during christenings or dedications at the church.
Bishop Charlesworth Browne, the head of the Christian Ministries Centre, made this decision to ensure that godparents actively promote Christian values and do not conflict with parental guidance.
The church believes that marijuana use can have destructive effects, particularly on impressionable young minds.
During the session with potential godparents, a declaration is now made that marijuana smokers cannot fulfill the role.
Bishop Browne emphasized the importance of godparents assisting in providing a godly and Christian upbringing.
While some Caribbean countries have decriminalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, the Christian Ministries Centre has taken a firm stance against its use in the context of godparent responsibilities.
The church aims to ensure that godparents serve as positive role models and uphold Christian principles.
This policy highlights the ongoing debate surrounding marijuana’s acceptance and its compatibility with religious practices.