As clergyman Claude Skelton Cline continues to receive criticism for past conduct and his statements as the spokesperson for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), the board of trustees at the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) has distanced themselves from him.
In a statement issued to the media through its communications director, Zoe Walcott, the Bishop John Cline-led church indicated that its members were disquieted by Skelton Cline’s general behaviour.
NLBC said there have been “numerous complaints put forward by members of the church and persons in the general community”.
In the aforesaid statement issued on Thursday, the Duffs Bottom-based church therefore said: “The board seeks to assure the public that any views, expressions, opinions and reflections of Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline — an active assistant pastor at NLBC — whilst on the radio show Honestly Speaking, on any political rostrum, or in any other public fora whilst on the 2019 campaign trail, in no way reflect the views of the board, members, management and staff at NLBC.”
It continued: “For avoidance of doubt, the board further makes clear that in Pastor Claude Skelton Cline’s political capacity, he is in no way a representative of NLBC. NLBC distances itself entirely from any political behaviour, whether by omission or commission, whether previous, present or future, which causes injury or can tend to cause injury to the life, limb, or reputation of any person.”
Just this week, Skelton Cline was threatened with a lawsuit from Ninth District candidate for the National Democratic Party, Dr Hubert O’Neal, who the clergymen publicly accused of bribing voters.
Skelton Cline was given an ultimatum to publicly apologise and denounce his claims by midday Thursday, February 14 or face legal action.
There were no known public apologies from Skelton Cline up to publication time.
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