The pastoral letter by the Rt. Reverend Laish Boyd Sr., Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, on the numbers business is a welcome contribution to the dialogue on the ethical dimensions of a complex issue of public policy.
In important ways, it is an improvement on his statement on marital rape in that this letter is timelier and considerably better written. It is clearly motivated by pastoral concern for his religious community and a spirit of goodwill for the broader Bahamas.
Still, with great respect for his office and his intentions, Bishop Boyd’s pastoral letter misses the mark. It is poorly constructed on a foundation of dubious reasoning and premises leading to flawed conclusions. He has taken a complex and multidimensional moral issue and offered his moral analysis in the form of assertions that are unfortunately overblown.