UDP’s Ambassador for Jesus

| 01/05/2009

(CNS): At a public meeting in Spot Bay, Sister Islands MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly criticized the current PPM government for passing a new Education Law rather than the simply amending the old one, and indicated that their motive for doing so was so that they could remove the clause that enshrined religious education. She also warned her supporters that there was a Muslim teacher at the Cayman Brac High School and “at least one” who was an atheist, and asked, “Do you think they’re going to be teaching your children religious worship and instruction?”

Though the bill had been circulated for comment some four months before being tabled in the House, O’Connor-Connolly said that not getting a flight so that she could be in the Legislative Assembly for the passing of the bill gave her time to read it through many times to make sure there was no reference to the section that enshrined religious instruction in law.

Dismissing the counter argument that it was covered in the National Curriculum, O’Connor-Connolly, who at a recent Chamber forum on the Brac suggested education as an area that she would like to take on in a Cabinet position, asked, “What will happen when we get a Minister of Education who does not believe in God?”

Calling the sequence of events “a parliamentary miracle", she said that her version of how the word “religion” was added into the law was fully documented. She said, “Rather than take the traditional method of amending the Education Law, which was working good, those same ministers was educated under that law … and your children went through that system, because they had good parents who cared about their future, because they had good teachers who cared about the children, and because we were still a land where the fear of God was present.”

Urging people to talk to their children about what they were learning at school, she said, “There is at least one teacher who is a Muslim right here at the Cayman Brac High School, and that is her religious right, but when they do assembly – because we come from a Christian background – she refuses to close her eyes or to have our traditional reverence.” She told those gathered that this teacher had explained to her class why she was a Muslim.

“Listen carefully,” O’Connor-Connolly went on, “there’s another one, I’m reliably informed, who isan atheist. Do you think they’re going to be teaching your children religious worship and instruction?” She said, “They didn’t just show up in our education system. They had to be interviewed. They had to be hired.”

The UDP incumbent said, “This is not a popular topic. It’s one that easily can be blown out of proportion, but when it comes to standing for God Almighty, I made my choice a long time ago and I’ve gone too far to turn back now, and when you’re ready for a representative who does not believe in God, then don’t vote for Juliana.” She said that her constituents could go to bed knowing that they won’t hear that she’s been arrested or that she was in Northward.

While not commenting further about the content of the Education Law or any of the changes that have taken place within the education system, O’Connor-Connolly also criticized the money spent on expensive schools saying it was mortgaging our children’s future and that the successful people of today did not learn in elaborate classrooms.

At the meeting, O’Connor-Connolly, who is running for her fourth term and was the first female Cabinet member, also emphasized experience as MLA and as minister. “I have met challenges,” she said. “We need representatives who can think on their feet,” she said.

Speaking of the UDP, she said “As a lawyer I know what it is to be an integral part of that team.” She said the last budget the LoGB – biggest capital budget ever

When the UDP votes money for the Brac, it is not later taken away and given to Grand Cayman, said the MLA, and she bemoaned the cuts for the Brac in the Supplementary Expenditure, dismissing the excuse that the Brac had had additional funds for the Paloma recovery. O’Connor-Connolly noted the rising cost of living on the Brac in terms of groceries, electricity and spoke out against suggestions that civil servants should pay towards health insurance.

“We don’t want to live in fear, especially as we get older,” she said, and several times reminded people that she and the UDP had increased the ex-gratia payments to seamen and veterans and said they would do everything in their power to raise it to $800 per month.

She also criticized the national debt, forced retirement at age 55 to 60,a dn said that the affordable housing initiative on the Brac had been started under the UDFP who had left $800,000 in the budget for its development, since when only four houses had been built.

To boost the economy of the Brac she suggested moving the maintenance department of Cayman Airways Express to the island, which among other benefits would improve the air ambulance service. Alternatively, she suggested support for Dr Charles Reid’s private medical air-evacuation proposal.

She said she had been criticized for paving certain roads when she was minister. “Well, you remember whose roads used to be paved before you elected Juliana O’Connor Connolly?” she asked, and claimed she was a representative for all the people and an “ambassador for Jesus Christ”.

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  1. sTuDeNts! says:

    In regard to the "muslim teacher" at Cayman Brac High School, many of us here at the school were shocked, upset and disgusted to hear that our teachers were being SINGLED OUT for their beliefs.  These few teachers are just as great, if not better, at their jobs.  We don’t care what you say, the religion that the teachers practice will not prevent them from teaching math, science, english, or any other subject offered in the curriculum… Its not like we are being prevented from learning about Christianity, this just gives us the opportunity to broaden our knowledge of the world and its cultures beyond this 2 by 12 island. Is that so wrong?

    I reckon if "Ms." Julianna wouldn’t even sit quietly at a practice of a different religion let alone close her eyes with respect. Maybe if she focused on actual problems instead of individuals we may actually make some progress, you think? Maybe thats why Moses won, only the system is on her side otherwise she wouldn’t make it anywhere.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Evolution is still a theory that Darwin admitted he ‘made up’.”

    Evolution is not a theory in the sense that you have used it here. It is a scientific theory in the sense that gravity is a scientific theory. There are a few fringe lunatic so-called scientists who reject the theory of evolution in the same way that there are so-called historians who deny the Holocaust, but they should not be taken seriously. The scientific community as a whole accepts it as the most rational explanation of our existence. Many Christians, including the Pope, have also accepted evolution/natural selection and found that it does not diminish their faith. What the Darwin deniers do, however, is rob our children of the opportunity to properly understand scientific principles and the difference between faith and fact and therefore compete in science-based careers.

  3. Anonymous says:


    Politics and school are two different things.  If you cannot see that there is a difference then you are obviously not using logic.  To bring it down to your level; I meant that politicians should leave religion out of their campaigns.  They will have to deal with some religious issues once elected but they shouldn’t use it as a campaign tool because a person’s beliefs are exactly that… personal.  On top of this it also instills a sense of hatred towards others who are seen as a different religion.
    There is no way to prove 100% that you are not a Bracker but your nonsensical argument on logic would almost determine your origin being from a foreign country.  Please don’t come and try to impart you ideologies on our people.  If you don’t see Christianity as logical… find some other party to rain on.  On Cayman Brac we do.  We see it as logical because to this day no scientist can prove it wrong.  In fact, biblical prophesy has all happened as it has been written. Remember evolution is still a theory that Darwin admitted he “made up.”
    When people of the past did things in the name of Christianity it doesn’t mean that they were doing what God would want them to do.  For you to bring up Nero and others is ridiculous.  Why don’t we then say that all Germans or French or …….. are bad?  Please.  Argue your case to someone at a bar who is too inebriated to know better.

    Like I said before… you came here and found the people religious… don’t think your foreign beliefs, or lack there of, are better than ours… otherwise I ask the question, why are you here?


  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree that politics and religion should not go hand in hand… but for you to say that we should leave religion out of the school I think would be a grave mistake.

    For those who say there are non-Christians in Cayman Brac, you came here and created that.  The fact is that even if native Brackers didn’t go to church they all had a fear and reverence for God.  As such, Religious Education has been integral in their understanding of Christianity and other religions.  The church teaches Christianity but so do our schools.  I am pleased that my children can learn bible stories, pray and discuss religion freely at school.  I won’t accept it any other way.
    Having stated that, I do not think it is right for an innocent person(s) to be targeted through slanderous campaigning.  Ms. Julie has always done this though and I am not sure why anyone would expect better of her.  She is  a person who gets the blood boiling for the littlest issues.  Imagine if she could ever learn that her seat in the LA was about more than what her little Watering Place people want.   That there is a big picture that only one MLA is seeing and doing something about. 
    The new constitution doesn’t state the Sister Islands having 1 seat.  It states 2.  I feel we should exercise our right to a referendum and select only 1 member.  The only person who has done anything in years!  Let us all vote sensibly on Wednesday and realize the serious lack of professionals seeking office and consider the only person who has been open, transparent, and honest with all of us.
    • GGaia says:

      For you to say: and I "quote" " I agree that politics and religion should not go hand in hand… but for you to say that we should leave religion out of the school I think would be a grave mistake." I think most people would say this IS A TOTAL contradiction on your part. SO which one do you want? Make up your mind.  

      Then you say: and I "quote" "For those who say there are non-Christians in Cayman Brac, you came here and created that."

      How would know if I or whoever’ came here from somewhere else’ or if I am a Bracker? You are not at all using logic when you say this. I choose to keep my religion private, we all do. It’s my/our freedom to do so. I like using logic. From what I have read on how Christianity started, nothing about it is logical. Seems some people just don’t know meaning of logic. But that’s typical’ because we all seen how Juliana burned her ownself at the stake.


  5. Anonymous says:

    As a believer in God, I am most dismayed and saddened. Ms. Julie prefaces her statement about people of other religious persuasion working in the Brac High School by saying “I’m reliably informed…" This sounds like the rambling of a bigoted, smug, back-biting busybody; a (so-called) Christian with no better way to gain recognition than to propagate malicious tittle-tattle.

    You do read the Bible, right Ms. Julie? Well, I am “reliably informed” that what you did is a sin. My source? The Bible. According the Bible you claim to live by, sin is sin. So you are no better in the eyes of God than a fornicator or murderer. (God said it, I believe it and that settles it! OK?)

    Ms. Julie, did you ever hear of the Inquisition where countless people, some as young as mere toddlers, were horrendously mutilated, tortured, and roasted alive because they were accused of having non-Christian beliefs? Did you ever hear of the witch burnings where innumerable women and children, men too, were tortured and burned at the stake because they were accused of being witches? In both cases this was done with the acquiescence of the Church and in the name of God. Their accusers were often of the same hypocritical ilk as you and were “…reliably informed” and “standing for God Almighty”. Like you they were using the guise of Christianity to accuse and assassinate those who believed differently. By such Christ-less treachery they sought to gain the acclaim of men and obtain power.

    I see your game, Ms. Julie: It is ok to sin as long as it gets you some brownie points among the other Christian paranoids amongst your constituents. True Christians believe in tolerance, love, and winning people to their Lord through forbearance and the “lifting up” of Jesus, not by accusing and tearing down people.

    Do you think you have enhanced the chances that these fine people you excoriated will be more inclined to believe in Christ because of your self-serving propagandising? Do you feel that what you said was an outpouring of the Agape Love a loving and just Lord demands of His followers? Did your words stem from unselfish motives? I am convinced that your words are a resounding manifestation of the treachery some people will stoop to in order to gain power.Shame on you, Ms. Julie! You should be on your knees entreating God’s forgiveness for your shameless sin.

    I am personally familiar with the purported Muslim. This teacher is a fine individual and a capable educator, a kind, gentle outgoing person who is very well liked by students and with many friends in the community.

    Ms. Julie, if I was spiritually undecided and you were trying to win me to your Lord and the "Muslim"  teacher was trying to win me to Muhammad, based on what I see in your respective lives I would choose Islam.

    I know more than one non-believer amongst the teaching staff in CBHS so I have no idea who Ms. Julie is singling out. Anyway, I would have no reservations whatsoever regarding these good people teaching my children.

    As a true believer in God, I wish to express apology for the vitriol spewed in Ms. Julie’s speech. Forgive her for she is ignorant of the will of God. Please know this: Ms. Julie does not in any way represent the attitude of genuine committed Christians, nor does she represent the opinion of the good and kind people of Cayman Brac.

  6. GGaia says:

    I personally think religious worship and instruction should be taught and left in Churches, not in our public schools. Juliana tell us why anyone would want to follow any religion that is built upon murder, torture, and lies, which is all documented in the Christian Churches history. The history of Christianity has one of the most ugliest histories I have ever read. The truth behind Christianity is utterly shocking. Christianity started out with ignorance, sadness and cruelty, and murder of millions of people. I would not want my child taught this religion, especially after knowing its history. Did you know that everything in the Christian religion and more than half of what’s written in the bible has been STOLEN from other predated ancient religions from all around the world? We know from reading the history of the Church, that whenever Christianity or its cohorts took control of any country or region, all the ancient religious spiritual texts/books and records from that country or its region were removed and/or destroyed. Millions of people down though the years who had any type of a spiritual knowledge (other than Christianity) were murderer/burned at the stake, as a witch. They were mass murdered by the Inquisition. This went on for over 500 years. Millions of innocent men, women, and children were burned at the stake because this so-called Religion “Christianity” the Catholic Christian Church said these people were witches… What the hell is a witch? My point is; No person has the right to force any religion on anyone. If some doesn’t want to close their eyes, bow their heads, that’s their freedom to do so. I don’t care what religion someone is, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or atheist. If they teach in our Schools here in the Caymans then what religion they are should make no difference, being they are TEACHERS, NOT PREACHERS. I personally think religion should not be taught in the schools anyway, that is what Churches are for. Children need to be led by faith, not by a Church that started out in violence and the murder of millions. XXXXXXXXX Believe me Juliana there are quite a lot of us here on the BRAC that do not believe in the Christianity religion. We have a beautiful peaceful religion not like yours, and anyone is welcome in our world. The truth is we have been a religion for many thousands of years, long before Christianity, How about that! Have a nice day… GGaia…

  7. Anonymous says:

    That shows how we have moved forward as a people.  Why would you call people nutters?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Only two more weeks and all the nutters can go back under their rocks for another four years.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Boy, Ms. Julie still up to her tricks.  Man I know she gah have something else to talk bout by now.  Guess she still sayin same things.  Glad I found this site.  My parents been talking bout it but I nah had a chance to view it cuz of my studies.  Heading home soon.


  10. Quincy Brown says:

    I don’t have a problem with any Minister of Gov’t who does not believe in God.  I believe in God, but these days choose to keep my views to myself as to not offend anyone.  Hey… an individuals spiritual life is personal.  May I suggest reading the book called "The Shack" by William P. Young.   

  11. Quincy Brown says:

    All this blah blah blah blah….Now do you understand why I suggested that we leave religion out of politics and have a separation of state and church? Many disagreed with me–and that’s their right.  In public schools— may I suggest that if there is a course in the curriculum called "Religious Education or Religious Studies" that ALL WORLD religions be taught.  To only teach the religion called Christianity — is a disservice to our students.  Broaden their minds.  And if you decide to only teach Christianity— teach it’s dark and sometimes not so nice history!!! (Hint Hint) Teach Catholicism and Protestantism—don’t turn the classroom into a revival service with an alter call.   I’ll take it a step further– perhaps RE should be taught by a teacher who is an atheist who is well learned and understands ALL world religions. Why do I say this??  Because the Atheist  will not be biased.  He/she will teach the subject objectively rather than try to indoctrinate and persuade students into making a choice.  There have been cases where a Christian teacher teaching world religions—only taught Christianity.  A preacher shouldn’t be an RE Teacher.  A Pastor shouldn’t be a politician—that’s my opinion.  Politicians, please don’t push Christianity  down people’s throats.  Teachers—be neutral and encourage students to have an open mind.


    Quincy Brown Ph.D, Esq;  Religion: Roman Catholic.

    PS.  It is said we (the Cayman Islands) are a Christian Country.  So then does that mean we want only christian teachers to be teaching our students?? Yes/No.  Do we then discriminate against teachers working for the Cayman Islands government who are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Rastafarian, or Oreshan? Yes/No.  What about the highly qualified Atheist who has a Master’s Degree in Education??  Remember – the bill of rights will soon be here.  Some of these same teachers could  be protected – and might cry out… DISCRIMINATION!!      



    • Anonymous says:


      WOW! Quincy dear miss guided soul. You have such potential it’s a pity you’ve lost sight of that. Anyway you have tried every religion and it’s obvious you don’t have a clue about any, because you’re still searching. I do agree that religion and politics are great advisories; however as humans we’ve created that battle. When faced with a choice don’t betray your loving leader (JESUS) it’s not about Christianity, Judaism, Hindu or Muslim ITS ABOUT HIM AND NOT US. A good test of a person’s character is his behavior when he is wrong. The question for you is.  Have you been looking for God in all the wrong places? Tomorrows world will be shaped by what we teach our children today, remember that. Our Islands should be about teamwork, "TEAMWORK DIVIDES THE EFFORT AND MULTIPLIES THE EFFECT.’  You have a great need and I pray you seek out JESUS AND NOT THE RELIGION.  Doing what’s right today, means no regrets tomorrow.

      • Quincy Brown says:

        Thanks for those comments.  I have stayed away fromHoly Mass for too long.  It’s time I go to confession to a priest and return to my Catholic Church and join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  May God Almighty Bless Us All! And as you say: "Doing what’s right today, means no regrets tomorrow".  I do my best to show respect to all peoples and their religions…..

        For the record: Jesus is my redeemer!!  The Blessed Virgin Mary Always leads me to her son — especially when I go astray.  Sorry If I have offended non-catholics/protestants/evangelicals with these my personal comments.

        Quincy Brown


    • GGaia says:

      I totally agree with what you just said Mr Brown. I couldn’t have said it any better myself.  I for one like the part that we should leave religion out of politics and have a separation of state and church. One fine thing would be, we would’nt be showing the world the foolish types of people running for some-sort of political office here. They would be left at their churches…  LOL



  12. Anonymous says:

    Christians are usually intelligent people.  Please do not judge all christians by the way Julianna is acting.  Many of us like to worship in harmony and not cause strife.    Julianna wants to start some sort of war and want to use God as her reason.  I don’t agree with that.  If she has certain issues she should tackle them and not the people.  As christians we need to be shining lights in the community not a strobe that blinks every 4 years.

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. Anonymous says:

    To the author who wrote this….

    "This, my friends is the TRUTH that Julianna is trying to uphold and is trying to teach our kids. This has nothing to do with hatred, but has to do with her wanting the best for our children. We need to be instilling in our children, from day 1, the Word of God, right from wrong… Why is she being condemned by you guys, who claim to want to keep Cayman a Christian nation…."

    I am a Caymanian, and almost all of my family members are Christians. But I am not. Please remember that not everyone on this island (Caymanians and otherwise) is a Christian. So by her preaching the word…one could say that to many it will fall on "deaf ears"

  15. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone else find it interesting that nothing was said in regards to Seventh Day Adventist ? And please don’t get me wrong I have no problem or issue with anyones choice or personnal beliefs. I think we need to love and respect each other, after all we are all only human. But anyone who lives in Cayman Brac knows we have a large and very active and respected number of persons whom are Adventist. They hold many positions in different areas through out our community, could it be nothing was said because of their numbers ? Did Mrs.Julianna think it wise not to call these people out or upset them because  it could have a negative effect on such a large number of voters ? After all they are different ? So was her statement really made based on her religous conviction or was she just trying to play on the feelings of those she believes she can win by using GOD, maybe she figured she could risk the votes of the individuals that she  singled out or prehaps, she felt no risk maybe they can’t vote ?? ? Just a thought…. But  seriously please let us all be wise and opened minded to the tactics and great efforts that people will use to get where they want to be……. let us not allow ourselves to be used, divided or manipulated by someone who thinks only their thoughts and ways exist. Live and let live ! Love and be loved ……. Choose wisely and let your *conscience not only guide you but let it be what frees you !

    The Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Consciene as the sense of right and wrong.

    There is right and wrongin everything !  So it all comes down to which you choose.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The race for the Sister Islands is hot and it’s not who will be elected because we knoe that Julianna & Moses will be the winners but who will be the First Elected Member.  Since both Candidates and their supporters are saying to only vote for one to ensure a first place win then the Sister Island Residents and Candidate should not have a problem with the 1 man 1 vote process.  Should this come into play for the next election Cayman Brac and Little Cayman should be treated the same as Grand Cayman.  After all I will loose my right to vote for four. 

  17. Anonymous says:

    Matthew 7:3-5  KJV
    Mt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

  18. Anonymous says:


    This is not about being a Christian or not.  This is about an elected official singling out innocent teachers and their beliefs.  I wonder why Julianna won’t single out that some of her family members are not Christians? They work for government.
    The point is that these teachers are not responsible for teaching RE.  They are responsible for teaching their subject area.  Why doesn’t she identify that there are teachers in the high school who are not mathematicians?   Do you honestly think that there is someone going around the school grounds teaching Islam to teenagers? Or atheism?  The students must learn about the other world religions in order to know what we believe and how to defend our faith but they are not being taught to be Muslims or atheist.

    I think all schools should have prayer in them.  I think all schools should have Christian based education in them.  The fact is thought that parents should teach Christianity to their children and not rely on the education system.  1 hour of RE a week?  Are you serious, thinking this would be enough to teach your child how to live godly?  Parents must take on the role of Christian leaders in their own families.

    I went to school and there were many different religious beliefs in the staff including atheist… My parents didn’t count on the schools teaching me about God though.

    The point to Julianna is this;

    STOP singling out innocent individuals and start addressing the  issues. 
    I have heard nothing from her that will help my islands in the future.
    Being a Christian is not a reason to vote for someone it may help in making their decisions but if they can’t decide what to address as the real issues then there is a much greater problem.


  19. Anonymous says:

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Same old history …Do not try to use god for your own profit…

    Gog is love… No for sale!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is’???

    Come on people… Water don’t mix with the oil!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Julianna has not lost sight.  Her true colors are shining through.  We can now all see her for the hateful woman she is.  The change we need is in the first elected.  What you need to do is recognize that there have been many positive results for the entire island in the last 4 years, not just the special ones that others like to preach about.

    On to shopping… you’re poor because you don’t understand that in order to stay in business you have to make enough money to cover your costs.  Extra freight to CYB, add duty to the extra freight, recognize that when you don’t buy in bulk you have to pay more.  Put it all together and you come up with the fact that living in Cayman Brac is a lot more expensive than GCM.  It trickles on to Little Cayman as well; ask people there how much items cost.

    Moses has done a lot because he has involved everyone he could.  He can’t and won’t do it alone.  He works with friends and business acquaintances to get projects completed.  I ask you, join him, join all of us as we do vote for change. Vote to change the 1st elected to the 2nd and put Moses as our 1st elected where he will get what is best for our island.

    On May 20th, let us make a change in Cayman Brac.  Vote No. 2 as our 1st elected.

    No. 2 for he is true, No. 2 he can do.
    Vote him in the door, and then vote… NO MORE!!!



    • Anonymous says:

      Enough all ready. The candidates just want to win. That being said, pay attention to what’s happening to our Islands because we allow people to come with their beliefs and we just sit back stupidly and silently and accept. Say what you want about Julianna she has never pretended to be anything other that a Christian and she should stand for what she believes. You ever heard IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU’LL FALL FOR ANYTHING. Teenagers are vulnerable, what do you want yours to be taught, Christianity or atheism. The candidates are all good people, so stop turning this into a mud slinging exercise. If you don’t believe what she said do your research and find the truth, documents are on file to support what was our wasn’t said. You have these drunken nuts going around telling smart people how to vote.  Read, ask sensible questions and you will know who is best for the people of Cayman Brac. Some of these supporters are being paid to spread lies and don’t have a clue about a referendum or a curriculum, they only know which drug does what or which beer isthe best. Be smart and exercise your right to vote for the TWO best people. And remember there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an AMBASSORDOR FOR JESUS, thats who we should all be working for.

      • Anonymous says:

        Saddened by Julianna’s comments.  As a Bracker and a Christian I am saddened to hear Julianna (who claims to be a Christian) single out civil servants (teachers) as ‘bad – by her standards’, even worse to do it in a public forum. 

        I am concerned that this is what happens when someone is in power for so long, and is so sure she will always be in power, that she starts to forget who is really in charge and whose Holy Word we should be following.  Our Lord is an accepting and understanding Lord, let us be guided by his Holy Word and not Julianna’s interpretation.

        I pray that God will give us all wisdom to elect leaders that will reflect His teachings.


  22. Cayman Brac Resident (Youth) says:



    I’ve read this and I completely understand from where Mrs. Juliana is coming from. May we not forget that the main religion that has been here for a long time is Christianity! Many caymanians hold strong to their Christian beliefs, but there needs to be room for people to accept other views. My friends…that is why it’s called Religious Education. That’s why, in a small place like this we need, if any other subject except the essentials, to have Relious Education being done.

    Although all of this is happening, I’d like to remind our friends, that Mrs. Juliana has PROVED herself over the years to be a good and hard worker. For me… this is the first time I have seen something like this being done or said by Mrs. Juliana. Mrs. Juliana may oppose the views of other religions in CAYMAN BRAC High School, but eduation isn’t the only thing that the island needs and that the government will work on!(In fact, Cayman Brac High School will probably in the back bench! A new school was proposed and all other buildings are being put up except for CBHS which is a fast-growing school!)

    Let this pass for Mrs. Juliana! We all make mistakes! If she wanted to get her views across, we all know she should’ve made it annonymous and/or state it in a different way…but 1 mistake to some other persons running in this elections that have made millions is quite minor.

    PS: There are many different cultures, nationalities, and religions in the school and they all unite as one! No-one care about their differences, they just see everyone as a normal person)!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hello people, let’s not forget why we are voting this May election.  For a change.  Forgive Julianna and her comment on the different religion teachers we have at CBHS.  I think we have lost sight along with her on what she was trying to say.  The most important thing is that we as an Island keep a religion curriculum in place so we don’t get wiped out by a tidal wave.  God does say if we forget him he will forget us.  Didn’t everyone survive Ivan and Paloma.  Was it not only posessions that were destroyed.  Is this not telling us something.  By the way I am so sick and tired of hearing what Moses has done for the island over these years.  Yes please show me what.  Why don’t he try and help us poor people afford his high prices in his grocery store.  He knows that this is a very big issue we have on the Brac with being able to afford to feed our families; why did he not make  this a priority to do something about the prices.  Where does Foster’s get their goods from in GCM?  What is the difference between GCM and the Brac.  If I am so ignorant and don’t know, please someone enlighten me!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Just when I was beginning to think that maybe my fellow Bracker Ms. Julie was not so bad, she starts to spew her Doctrine of Hate instead of The Gospel of Love, once again.  Who appointed her ambassador?  I am pretty sure she is self -appointed! She needs to be reminded that the Brac schools are all PUBLIC schools and not her own private schools. There is far less danger in having a Muslim or Hindu or atheist teacher than there is in having one that will try to indoctrinate our children into whatever brand of Christianity they subscribe! Has she forgotten that it is called Religious Education and not Religious Indoctrination?

    One writer claims that Ms. Julie is educated, we can argue with that, but I will take it as said. However, educated does not mean that she has sense!

    One part of The Lord’s Prayer says "Deliver us from evil".  This type of prejudicial thinking is precisely the kind of evil that we need deliverance from! I appoint her Ambassador of Hate!


  25. Anonymous says:

    Brackers are extremely intelligent and innovative people.  We have what it takes to survive in the worst of times and thrive in the best.

    We need to examine ourselves and understand that we cannot thrive under such a person as Julianna and that in all reality there is only one real choice for us.

    I ask everyone to join me and put the sensible choice who will bring prosperity back to our islands as the first elected.  Make your vote count!

    I, for one, am tired of this petty issue stuff that Julianna and others use as campaign tactics.  I want real results.  Moses Kirkconnell is the only one in years who has been able to deliver.  Do we really need to hear whether Julianna called everyone to pray to change the Education law or do we want to see results?  The law was changed… Do I care how it happened?  Couldn’t care less.

    She has yet to tell the people what she is going to do for us.  Raise seamen’s stipend? Increase helpers wages?  How the world can she do that when she has no idea how to make money.  I wish someone else had run along with Mr. Kirkconnell so that we could get rid of Julianna.  Lyndon or Maxine are not options.  Lyndon is a criminal and Maxine is in over her head.

    Over the next four years I ask all Brackers to urge someone you know who will stand up for you to work along with Mr. Kirkconnell and get this island back to the prosperity we had years ago, before people who were educated beyond their intelligence got elected.  Let us not just look at education but at the results produced.  We need two individuals who will get results for our little island and put money into the bank accounts for those aspiring families so that they can afford to pay the helpers enough to raise the standard of living. We need two individuals who are knowledgeable in world affairs and who are willing to work towards bringing the right investment to our island.  Choices are limited this election, hopefully someone will step forward in the next campaign and work along with Mr. Kirkconnell to keep the Brac rolling.

    We need to examine our candidates and look at what each has done.  For me, once the dust has cleared from all the work, it is overtly clear.  There is only one man standing, I ask you to vote for him so that we can get what we truly deserve instead of more abuse from an MLA whose time has come and gone.  Now it’s time for her to go!!!


    • Anonymous says:

      Well Said!

      "Brackers are extremely" summed it up. 

      It’s time to send the message, we all need to one vote for Moses Kirkconnell. 

      When everyone sees that Julianna is beatable because she didn’t get all those 2nd votes, we’ll have more good candidates next election.

  26. Anonymous says:

    One thing we all have learned you dont have to hold a EXCO seat to see things accomplised in Cayman Brac look at what Mose Kirkconnell has done mostly by him self  .You know why ???He had a good team who dont think of just Grand Cayman .How much  more they WOULD have accomplised for Cayman Brac if Julie wasnt so EVIL MINDED. I am not saying to join the PPM hell NO but what i am trying to say is WORK TOGETHER for the good of your island .WELL DONE MOSE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!! BRACKERS Dont Stop The PROGRESS .And to JULIE Seek A Good dose of SALVATION its far better than any thing in the WORLD . I Pray that GOD will bring you down to your knees and give you a humble SPIRT like CHRIST if he sees you are going to looe your soul may you lose the election instead .

  27. Anonymous says:

    She’s our own little Newt Gingrich but we love her all the same.

  28. Sam Puk-Puk says:

    She is smart and very well educated.  Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is an attorney and elected MLA in the Cayman Islands.  Her view points, especially on Religion are considered extreme to some.

    Bigot some have called her.  Some are Shocked and others say her thinking & speeches are Truly Unbelievable.  Well I agree.  The phrase: Politics Leads to Power and Power Leads to Corruption comes to mind.  By Power I mean, in this case, Dogma in religion.  Having the status she has, my observation is she truly believes her Christian Faith & Practice are the Be All and End All.  Never mind what the rest of us may think or what belief and knowledge you or I hold.  That’s the Power she ‘feels’ she has over anyone else’s way of thinking. 

    By Corruption I mean, in this case, Political Corruption, in which government officials, seek illegitimate personal gain (includes Votes) through actions such as Cronyism, Nepotism, and Patronage.

    The Corruption is starting to leak through the Crack(s) Juliana. Time for a longer/thicker skirt to hide behind maybe?  You have a certain way of brushing off criticism of yourself, as if what has been said or written about you does not matter.  It is my hope that the comments written on this story hits home somehow and causes you stop and take reflection as an “ambassador for Jesus Christ” and consider others first and take action last.  Harmony is a wonderful thing.  Try it.  In closing, I don’t think “a parliamentary miracle" was what instituted any amendment to the new Education Law.  It was a Ball Point Pen.  A pen properly made by Cross.

    *(References used in these comments were taken from http://www.wikipedia.org).
    || That’s just my opinion. I could be wrong. ||


  29. Mark's Words says:

    Mark Twain said that religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool.  You put both categories together and you get Juliana.

  30. Anonymous says:


    Careful what you say.  I can almost gurantee you that because one speaks her mind the way Juliana does, is no way back ward.  That statement if any, is backward.  It could be termed radical, extreme or some other term, but backward no.  Unless of course some infidel thinks that being religious is a thing of the past.  If so, I am sorry for those who think so.

    While it is only your opinion and I have to respect it, I beg to differ.

    As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

  31. Anonymous says:

    To the post at 12:11

    Its good to know that Grand Cayman has its reciprical buffone of Juliana as well. You may have noticed that most of the posts were from outraged and  disappointed Cayman Brackers. Not only that but many claimed to be living in Cayman Brac, one going so far as to say that they may change churches.  Speaking of bad representatives, do you need to be reminded of some of those from Grand Cayman??

    As for what you think are well reasoned points as to why many businesses in Grand Cayman belong to Brackers. It is only because Cayman Brac did not have a large enough population to support business growth.

    • Anonymous says:

      So the muslim teacher refuses to close her eyes during religious assembly.  How could anyone know?  All other eyes are closed!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Ignorance is by far one of the things which upsets me the most. I have no tolerance for  it, especially when a message of ignorance is being broadcast to an entire country.

    I simply can’t wait for this election to be over. After hearing what many of these candidates have to say, I have concluded that ignorance to the highest degree, has permeated through the campaign.

    Julie… you have just made a very big mistake. You need to choose your words far more carefully, and maybe you would not come across as such an ignorant bigot. I could not do my country such a dis-service by being one of the votes who secures you in office. My conscience would eat away at me probably for all the rest of my years as a registered voter.

    You surely, surely, have lost my vote. To all intelligent, hopeful, and SANE voters out there….you know what to do. And what not to do.

  33. Realist says:

    Ashamed of Julianna O’cconnor-Conolly

    I am a Caymanian, so dont bash the expats for what I am about to Say. 

    MLAs are supposed to represent the people.  It is unfortunate for the Cayman Islands but ESPECIALLY the Brac, that Juliana (1st Elected member CBrac and Little Cayman for several terms now) appears to be a REFLECTION of ourselves.  While Juliana would never get my vote, I’m afraid that she appears to appeal to the Brac voters.  This is certainly not the first time that Juliana’s lack of tolerance for others has made the news, so I can only assume that the Brac electorate agree with her warped religous beliefs. 

    I have to admit that people like Juliana has cause me to view people from the Brac as backward thinking people.  Quite often I find myself disassociating myself with the Brac because I as a Caymanian am ashamed of them for the most part.  This is a huge generalization, I know, and I am sure that they’re used to be a few good ones (seems they’re all here in GCM now), but it seems the Brac has more than their fair share of donkeys.  Its not that some are not smart, because the education statistics in years gone by suggested their students performed well in school.  It seems as though they lack exposure. What wretched lives they must lead in the soldier crab shell (so to speak) they live in. 

    It is their own "sheltered" views that contribute to their non-existent economy.  I think the Brac is in real need of help, but as long as Brackers remain so narrow minded and stupid (quite frankly), future governments will continue to do what previous administrations have done – which is to overlook them. They claim to want a stronger economy and development but you want it on their own strict terms and conditions.  Well that is not the way it happens in the real world. 

    My advice to you is to decide as a people what it is you want, consider the price you will have to pay to get what you want, and then resolve to pay the price!  Then maybe a government will pay attention.  Otherwise, no need for you to have a representative at all, you have same three issues every four years:

    1. you want jet service

    2. you want your one road paved

    3. you want to see improvement in your healthcare system

    We get it!    Its been those three from Adam was a boy.

    To Juliana, you are very much like the very soldier crab your people eat.  You claim to be educated, but as Aristotle said "it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it".  Your piece of paper must prove your ability to memorize alone, because clearly you haven’t grown.


    To the Expats, Juliana and XXXXXX (poor fools) are not a reflection of all of us Caymanians. 

    My hope for the Brackers is that they one day a good leader will come along who will free you from your mental captivity.

    CNS: We have a policy of not posting very negative comments made anonymously about people who have the courage to put their names to comments – though you are free to disagree with them. I have deleted a few sections accordingly.

    • Frequent Flyer says:

      Thank you for your post, Realist. I like what you have to say. Actually, I am impressed with most, if not all of the posts. I love the Cayman Islands even more now. 

    • Anonymous says:

      A pity Realist couldn’t keep it real enough to leave his/her real name…

      Coming straight from the mouth of a soldier crab…as he/she so intellectually put it…Julianna is standing up for what the Bible teachs as the TRUTH.

      John 14:6 (New International Version)


       6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

      This, my friends is the TRUTH that Julianna is trying to uphold and is trying to teach our kids. This has nothing to do with hatred, but has to do with her wanting the best for our children. We need to be instilling in our children, from day 1, the Word of God, right from wrong… Why is she being condemned by you guys, who claim to want to keep Cayman a Christian nation, keep prayer in school, maintain God’s loving and merciful hand over us, but want to spew hatred and acid at one of our own for standing up for what we KNOW to be right? Shame on all of us for either throwing the stones or turning our back instead of helping and assisting our sister in Christ.

      You can’t accuse someone of being a bigot while calling her names and talking bad about her! What has become of our nation??? I am so saddened to read all of these hate filled messages. I pray that the scales will be removed from all of our eyes in order to see the Truth and scars that Jesus bears for each of us.

      Let us all pray, meditate and seek God’s guidance in order to know who best to vote for…whether that be PPM, UDP or our independent candidates.

      I pray God’s Richest Blessings on our nation.

  34. Anonymous says:

    All of her public statements are about playing to the ignorance of people. She said she would increase the wages for Jamaican Domestic care workers, becasue she considers there to be a large number of Jamaican status recipients who are Jamaicans and now voters. Why not increase wages for all Caymanians, why seek the support of the status recipients but not take the blame for the status grants.

    Just Politics with the Bible in one hand and a bunch of lies in the other


  35. Blame it on the Well Water says:

    So we have established that this lady is a little cuckoo, trouble is there are not too many viable options. Is it too late for Percy to declare? If Mark and Dwayne can skirt the rules then why not? Just a reminder to everyone on the Brac, you are not required to use both votes!

    • Anonymous says:

      Not required to use both votes …. I agree.  Maybe if potential candidates on the Brac see that people are no longer blindly voting for Julianna then next election we’ll have more qualified candidates running.  The only way to send that message is for Brackers to just simply not vote for her …. one vote is much better than wasting the second vote on someone you don’t want to control your future.

      Even more important is the message to those in Grand Cayman …. you better not let UDP in power or the whole country will live under the new Education Ministry run by Julianna!

  36. Anonymous says:

    We already knew that JOC is an ignornant bigot.  Why is this news?  Like Vincent’s xenophobic rant she knows that a large proportion of Cayman’s pitifully limited electorate will respond positively to this type of far right nonsense and is willing to accept that those who have seen more of the world or have received a more balanced education or upbringing will be reviled by it.

  37. Anonymous says:

    why would this woman attack the teachers,  i thought she was one some time back…. if she would give up politricks and start to teach again she might come to reality  of what she has done. spreading  the hate that is in her heart..  it sames if you teach in the brac , you do not have the right to chose your religion. maybe this is the policy of the u.d.p. thatis why they want the public to vote against the conctitution.      NO BILL OF RIGHTS    ms j you should resign and go to owen island for some time. and think about what you have done   you have lost my vote

  38. Anonymous says:

    To the poster who wrote "After all, they built Grand Cayman up didn’t they?  The most successful businesses in Grand Cayman are owned by Brackers."

    Have you ever asked yourself why these business men didn’t stay in Cayman Brac to try and build it up instead of coming to Grand Cayman to set up their businesses?

    I can assure you it wasn’t because they were doing anybody a favor! of all the three islands, Cayman Brac is the most backward…no job opportunities, no business opportunities and bigotry abounds.

    Instead of praising these businessmen who left you in the dark you should be cursing them for not investing more in the Brac’s economy.

    • Anonymous says:

      My point is that Brackers are not hillbillies.  There are a lot of smart Brackers.  Take note of our high scores in tests.  All of our kids were chosen for CANJAC so Grand Cayman changed the rules so that only two students from each school could participant because the Brackers took all of the places except two.

      There is a certain part of Cayman that have the Cayman Disease.  We don’t have that.

      To the person who wrote that Brackers eat soldiers I guess that’s why Brackers have soldiers and Grand Cayman doesn’t. 

      Some of these posts are really ignorant.  Yes, some people in Cayman Brac think different because we are not exposed to the same thing that Grand Cayman is but then again that is the price we pay to keep Cayman Brac as crime free as possible.

      Grand Cayman is a criminals paradise.  At least Cayman Brac doesn’t have that.  Cayman Brackers weren’t a bunch of billhillies after Ivan when you all had to run here.  Caymanians were quite happy to get here.  Also about the businesses, how come all the businesses are running here now and people buying up the bluff?

      Sometimes it needs to be to each his own.  After all, is a criminal and drunkard a better electoral choice than Julianna talking stupidness? 

      as for making just one vote: last time I looked there are two seats available.

      Don’t put down Brackers because of Julianna.  Yes, she says stupid things but is she the only one?  Why is religion the only thing that people get worked up about?

      Honestly, the biggest problem Brackers have is that they don’t stand up for themselves.  If they did that, then we would have better boat service.  that’s why businesses have a problem setting up here.  Getting supplies is a major problem (to answer another post). The population is small for businesses to be successful.

      • Anonymous says:

        The original poster who said Brackers are hillbillies-rather hard, one agrees-posed some quite sensible questions about the apparently too important place of the Brac in political influence which the people responding negatively to the post didn’t answer. These questions remain relevant and should be answered. He/she was described as bigoted and ignorant. Fair enough! Answer the questions and say why that is the case.

  39. Anonymous says:

    A few answers/comments  to Ms Julie’s questions/comments:

    There is at least one teacher who is a Muslim right here at the Cayman Brac High School, and that is her religious right" – 

    You are right, it is her religious right.  Leave her alone.  It does not impact what she teaches.


    "but when they do assembly – because we come from a Christian background – she refuses to close her eyes or to have our traditional reverence.” 

    This is a blatant lie Ms Julie.  The teacher you are referring to have traditional Christian assemblies with her students. She closes her eyes and pray with them.  It is part of her job and she does her job.  Ask them!  Ask her!  Stop taking information from unreliable sources.  You are a Lawyer for heaven’s sake. 

    "She told those gathered that this teacher had explained to her class why she was a Muslim."

    I was reliably informed that this teacher was only a resource person for a Religious Education Class where students are taught about world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam etc).  I remember being taught about those as a little boy in school.  I am now aware of the fact that there are others, but it has not changed my religion.    She was only  invited to explain her religion.  Stop twisting statements — it is just as bad as lying and in Christianity, God hate liars.

    "She said, “They didn’t just show up in our education system. They had to be interviewed. They had to be hired.”"

    Thank God, they were interviewed and hired by rational Christians, not to teach Religious Education, but to teach other subjects such as English Math, Science or ICT.  Do you know who teaches RE at the high school Ms Julie?  Well, at least you don’t have to worry, she is a Christian.  You probably will be disappointed to know though that she teaches about all religions.

    Well, after all these comments, I hope you realize the blunder you have made.  I hope you realize that there was really no support for your statements.  There is one thing I deduce from this, your statement did nothing for your campaign.  As a matter of fact, it is my opinion that it killed your chances of winning.  Let us wait and see!



  40. Anonymous says:

    I was planning an extensive comment on this but I realise I would just be throwing water into the ocean.  Many people have articulated how I feel about Ms. Juliana’s statements.  As a christian, and someone who knows the teacher who practices the Muslim faith, I can safely say that she is an excellent teacher who will instill the difference between right and wrong in our Caymanian children.

    It is people like Ms. Juliana who through their small-mindedness have allowed the Caymanian young people to continue along the path of hatred and decay that we see in them today.  God bless our Cayman Islands, the excellent "Muslim" teacher and poor misguided Ms. Juliana!

    • Anonymous says:

      I actually thought the teacher was Hindu, not Muslim.  Just goes to show much more important her role as a teacher was to me than what she did on Fridays.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I think Ms. Vargas is correct. People should give her a break…. A break from being a MLA that is. Perhaps is she were to loose an election or two she would find her way back to reality….

  42. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Mac & Miss Julie go to the same church, walk around with the same bible, preach the same gospel and hate the world……………….shame on you Julianna! You should practice praying with your eyes open too because God is looking down on you, listening to you as you tell lie after lie after lie and follow the "Leader of the Opposition" in your quest for political power.



  43. Anonymous says:

    I am shocked that Julianna has gone this far!  Religious teaching is the responsibility of parents and the church, not  the school.   Why  did she feel it necessary to announce the religious convictions of the two teachers?  Is being a Christian a requirement for being hired by the DOE?  This is a vicious attack;  consequently the lives of these two teachers will  be miserable for the remainder of their tenure.


  44. Angry Bracker! says:

    I’m sure athiest taught at CBHS when Julianna attended there. That didn’t stop her from becoming "Ambassador for Jesus". Teachers are there to help the kids not to convert them. I’m sure if an atheiest teacher was told to teach Bible class, they would. Not in a converting manner but in a way that would get the key points across. Shouldn’t all Christians spreading the gospel be ambassadors for Jesus?  This whole election this year is frying my brain and has me extremely mad; I’ll be glad when it’s over. Is she trying to help people other than her family members? NO!  Cayman Brac is a small community and all familes need to be taken into consideration, not just hers. I’m sure considering my bills and paycheck I qualify for help from Social Services but because I’m working hard and punishing to make ends meet, no one will offer any aide… I’m sure if I stayed home, had 10 kids by 10 different men I would get help! This is something she needs to look into instead of pretending to know so much about what goes on in the EDU system! Leave Mr. McLaughlin alone and let him do his job in peace. What about the homes that are still damaged from Paloma and the hotels that are still closed? Is she doing anything about that? Ofcourse not cause that doesn’t involve her family. Yes, if I was in her postion I would want my family to have the best too but hello her postion makes her responsible for ALL OF US!

  45. Anonymous says:

    To the author of "Extreme Yes….."She surely does voice who she sees as the Great One. Sadly, its a political platform. Religion and state do NOT mix. When we see them being used together, we see horrors develop such as the Crusades.

  46. The Brac Attack says:

    Hey people…..dont be fooled by the Sunday School clothes that you see Julie wearing……thats a sham designed to convey a message of purity……LoL……how can Julie and Mac while holding the Bible in one hand claiming to be "born again" and lying on the other hand about everything from Cayman Airways to Education to Religion to Health Care to Tourism and the list goes on. All I have to say to both of them is that the Lord dont sleep and he dont slumber…..beware the lightning bolt cometh !!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    If this lady was invited to attend a religious service at a "non-Christian" place of worship, would she attend? Probably not!

    How narrow minded and bigoted can you get?

    Because the Muslim teacher does not comply with Christian practices ("close her eyes or to have our traditional reverence") ?

    Would Ms. Connor-Connolly, if attending a "non-Christian" service, comply with their traditional reverence when worshipping? I doubt it very much.


  48. Anonymous says:

    This is hillarious!!! CB has more serious issues than trying to convince us on this rubbish….. Lets start by rebuilding of homes, schools, and working towards building CB back were it should be. I need to start hearing what you are going to do for the next 4 years if re-elected…. I don’t want to hear any more on this topic…. CB please help Julie!!!!! Please tell her want she should be really telling  the people about on the campaign trail…..

  49. Anonymous says:

    It is really unfortunate that a woman to whom many looked to for leadership can use her power to attempt to coerce people into breaking down others for political gain.  It is one thing to preach the gospel of Christianity with the hope of converting people, but to publicly state that all other religions are evil, is irrational and non-charcteristic of true leadership. 

    We all need to stop for a moment and ask the question, what is true Christianity?  What if we were born in a Muslim country to Muslim parents or in Hindu country with Hindu parents or in Africa in a tribe where they worship nature?  Really think about it!  We probably would have known nothing about Christianity.   Would it then be our fault?

    No one has the right to discriminate against anyone because of religious preferences. Many who profess Christianity have too long selected convenient areas of the Bible to live by.  The fundamental principles of Christianity are not being practiced by many.  The irony is that if we spend some time studying religions across the world, we would probably learn that these fundamental principles which guide Christianity are fundamental principles across many religions.  The only problem is that not many Christians pratice them as they should.  They are probably even more practiced by others.

    At the center of these Christian principles is the need to love our neighbours as ourselves and be kind one to another.

    Attending church every week and preaching the gospel to everyone you meet are second to living by the fundamental principles of Christianity. 

    On our own island, there are those who preach on Sundays yet are so wicked to their fellow men.  They fail to give to the needy when they are so abundantly blessed and treat others as if they are better than them.  Who are us to think that because of our race, nationality and economic status that we are superior to others?  The same can be said of religion.  Empathy is a virtue that every man needs.

    Let each and everyone hear the Christian gospel, learn about other religions of the world and then make their choice.  Let not men be the judge of other men.  Instead, let us be tolerant of each other and make every attempt to live harmoniously. 

    May the candidate who has the ability to do that, win.

  50. Twyla M Vargas says:


    Everyone has a right to their opinion, but it gets home faster when you agree or disagree with the issue; and not being sarcastic towards the individual person. 

    Getting personal about Juliana is not doing any of us any good.  Think about it.  Disagree yes but if you believe in GOD, do not mess with his children.  If you are a true church going,  under arm,  bible toting Caymanian you will agree with me.  If not , then who am I to tell you what to do.

    As for me I have never believed in mixing church with state.  I do not believe pastors or  church leaders should run for office, and I do believe that an intelligent Minister of Religion or Leader of the Church should now where to draw the line; however this been happening from way-back-then.   My grandmother would always say "Dont mess with God,s children he will put a spell on you"  Well, maybe it was so, maybe not, but I sure still remember it.

    We all are free to choose. that is a gift that was given to us from from God.  So agree to disagree, or disagree to agree.   Which ever, it is your right to choose.  Just please stop attacking the woman in a personal  way because I am sure we all have children, and a family, and do not want God,s hand to raise in defence of his children.  In what ever we say or do, it is still very wise to fear God.  Blessed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Reply To Twyla Vargas:

      Maybe Ms Julianna should take your advice. Has she not attacked teachers at CBHS at a personal level because of their religious beliefs? Has she not messed with God’s children?Perhaps she doesn’t believe they are God’s children. Just think how these teachers are feeling after reading this article. Maybe Ms O’Connor -Connolly  should be wise to fear god.


  51. Anonymous says:

    Extreme yes.  But at least this lady stands for who she knows to be the Deity.  She

    ‘s not afraid to announce and call Him great either.  This is more than I can say for any other candidates that I have seen.  Everyone else visits church for special occassions-including election season.


  52. Anonymous says:

     I find it interesting that the God of the Christian faith allows humans to exercise their Free Will (with consequences, of course) but many Christians, especially those with some political power to protect, do not.  Obviously, they like to think they know better than God.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Shame on you McKeeva Bush. When the PPM had run everything into the ground and when the country was crying out for a new vision, you turned around and choose such weak, weak candidates. Juliana, Ellio, John Piercy, Joke Joke, Mark, Pearlina. These aren’t leaders; these are lackeys. Mr. Bush, you had it there for the taking on a cakewalk and you were too gutless to appoint real, strong candidates for fear, presumably, of what threat they would be to you. Let’s hope Rolston brings a bit more dignity to the table when he takes over from you …



  54. Anonymous says:

    I am a christian.  I believe in Christ.  Further to this, I don’t think it is right for me to shove my religious beliefs down the throats of others.  If they see me, and my life style as different and want to know why, it is my responsibility to share it. 

    For her to try to force it down the throats of others and say that she is doing in the name of God it is an utter disgrace.

    She needs to worry about how to get proper jobs for her 50 plus family members other than letting the rest of us hard working people pay for them through social services.

    Juliana, look for another job.  You’ve been tried, you’ve been tested, and you’ve been found WANTING!!!!


  55. Anonymous says:

    Definition: Radical – someone possessing a progressive, liberal ideology.

    Definition: Miss Juliana – someone who is a religious bigot, i.e the opposite of a radical.

  56. Anonymous says:

    Julie you are a disgrace to the holiness movement .Who is your pastor they should sit you down from taking part in Church anymore if they are living right them selves. you should ask for forgiveness of your SINS honestly it makes me wonder what you consider as a sin .Giving your family money to buy so much RUM and BEER is still a SIN just because you did not go pick it up dont mean a thing .Always remember to look up because GOD is always looking down at you .Wearing those long skirts and long sleeves wont get you to heaven girl you need SALVATION in the worse kind of way .You cant tell me you are a CHRISTIAN anymore not with all the willfull LIES and EVIELNESS you been doing and saying . Break your self away from that SIN group UDP ask GOD to forgive you and do the first works over again Save Santified Baptize and live right .I am PRAYING for you my friend cause i can no longer call you sister in Christ .You are not Christ like at ALL.May GOD HELP YOU TO LOOSE THIS ELECTION THAT YOU MAY FIND HIM INSTEAD :Read Matthew16 :26


  57. Anonymous says:

    Julie is pretty messed up.

    McKeeva got herthis way!


    Look at what he is dong to the people of George Town!

  58. Anonymous says:

    I personally feel that religous education is misunderstood by many. Although the Christianity is considered the dominant religion in the Cayman Islands, people have the wrong idea about what religious education is about. It is not only about Christianity but various religions of the world.

    This is a prime example of a poor understanding about a subject that has been harshly debated. Religion is not to be forced onto anyone as it is a "personal" journey.

    And for you Ms Julianna you need to get your facts straight about what religion is and what religious education is. If one wants to learn about Christianity they can go the one of the many churches within the borders of this countriy. School is the stepping stone to give young people knowledge of various disciplines. You are using religion as leverage for political gain and doing so breaking rule that you claim your abide by. You have stereotype a teacher because of her choice to be a Muslim. You have no right to go on as if she is an extremist. She is a TEACHER. Her job is to teach the subject that she has been appointed to.

    Your thoughts and idea are not what we need in this country. We need political leaders with open minds who have the ability to keep politics and religion seperate.

  59. Go Figure says:

    I had countless Christian teachers throughout my school years and at least two or three who were quite clearly gay, yet somehow I turned out a married straight atheist with two kids, imagine that, people with minds of their own, who would have thunk it? Go figure!

  60. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps we should inform immigration not to issue any more permits for non – christians and strip all Caymanians of their citizenship if they are not Christians.  It is quite unbelieveable that in this day and age someone has the attitude of an 11th century crusaders.

    I very much doubt Jesus would have the same attitude!

    This woman is really something stupid!

  61. Anonymous says:

    If she said this in the UK she would be in remand prison now awaiting trial for hate crimes. Quite right too.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I really hope that that was a misquote. But I bet it wasn’t. Christians and Muslims are cut from the same cloth. But this continued religious paranoia continually drives a ever growing wedge between the two groups.



  63. Anonymous says:

    Very similar to the extremist Muslims of Saudi Ariba or the "Christians" on Ireland.

    • Anonymous says:

      She’s not extremist-just a stupid bigoted  frustrated lady waiting (and she really believes this mythology) for ecxtasy when she dies and goes to Heaven. Oops, that’s what the 9/11 hijackers were told too: orgasms at the point of death and virgins ever after. Way to go Julie!

    • Anonymous says:

      Despite all the reasonable and sensible posts about how -er- misguided Julianna is, she will be elected because so many Brackers are limited backwood religious hillbillies who believe that she is right.

      But they’re not so backwood and simple they don’t know how to hold their hand out to Grand Cayman to make sure they get the funds to maintain their privileged, health care provided free subsidised ignorant hillbilly lifestyle. And we Grand Caymanians are so helpless we have to accept their way over the top influence in the Cayman Islands. Question: What is the population of the Sister Islands? Question: What is the revenue they bring in to the Treasury per year? Question: What is the expenditure per annum on the Sister Islands? Question: What is the revenue brought in by Grand Cayman alone per annum.

      Over to you Moses and Julie. Tell us why the Sister Islands (formerly-oh dear- "the Lesser Islands"-how could that have been) should have this outrageous influence in Caymanian politics when they contribute so pathetically few dollars.

      • Anonymous says:

        To the author of  "despite all the reasonable" : Once the shock of  your bigotry was over, I was overwhelmed by  your ignorance!

      • Anonymous says:

        maybe you can move to Cayman Brac and run for office.  Unfortunately the candidates are limited this year.

        Cayman Brackers are not a bunch of hillbillies.  After all, they built Grand Cayman up didn’t they?  The most successful businesses in Grand Cayman are owned by Brackers.

  64. Anonymous says:

    I commend CNS for exposing how radical Julianna O’Connor Connelly is.  This is not just a Sister Islands issue, this is really a national problem.

    If the UDP government is elected and she says they’ve committed to giving her a cabinet seat, it’s clear that a UDP government assures that we will have this radical extremist running the education of our youth, and our youth are out future.

    The reality of this self proclaimed zealot in charge of our youth should be enough to make everyone of us show up at the polls and vote for independents and PPM to be sure UDP can not destroy our hope for the future!

  65. bracker says:

     Mrs. Julianna you just lost my vote and I might have to change churches now

  66. Anonymous says:



  67. Anonymous says:

    It’s interesting to note Juliana’s message of hatred, narrow minded attitude, lack of tolerance, and ideas of superiority soundd so familiar. Here we have one individual spreading some of the most negative messages to masses of people. But where have we heard similar messages? Oh yes, Hitler when he controlled Nazi Germany. I may have to start looking out for concentration camps to begin popping up throughout the districts. he did a similar thing by indoctrinating an entire nation and convincing them that those who are different and don’t fit ‘the mold," should be gotten rid of.

  68. Anonymous says:

    The Bible verses that are most fitting are:

    Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
    Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    • Anonymous says:

      UDP will give her a ministerial position if elected.  Go UDP – rulers for the 21st century!

  69. Anonymous says:

    Juliana you are tarnishing the Christian religion. What you preach are not Christian virtues. They are messages of intolerance, and border line hatred. Stop using ‘Gods word’ to fall back on in an effort to play your political games.

    Christianity teaches love for thy neighbour, and tolerance. Both of which you clearly lack. Quite disgusting.

  70. Anonymous says:

    “Listen carefully,” O’Connor-Connolly went on, “there’s another one, I’m reliably informed, who is an atheist. Do you think they’re going to be teaching your children religious worship and instruction?” She said, “They didn’t just show up in our education system. They had to be interviewed. They had to be hired.”

    NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT HIRE AN ATHIEST. They are, after all, bad workers and would not benefit my company.

    How ignorant. Juliana please retire

  71. Anonymous says:

    I am embarassed as a Christian Caymanian to read this article.

    God forbid that there be a teacher in a Cayman school who is Muslim. What has the world come to? Surely Muslims have no place in classrooms in Cayman. They are, afterall, evil people.

    Diversity is of ever growing importance in this world. People come from increasingly complex religious groups and if one does not at the very least tolerate people who are different from you, then you a creating a division in society. Practices, beliefs, and norms, which do not adversly affect society should be at the least, tolerated.

    I am currently a student away at a large university in the US and I must say that I have been lucky to have professors from all walks of life teach me. I don’t however, remember my muslim professor who taught my Marketing Management class saying anything like…convert to my religion. Christianity is B.S.

    I will look out for the modern day crusades, lead by Juliana. I’m sure people will soon be prosecuted because they don’t conform to what YOU believe is the “right” way.

    There is a problem when you mix church and state. Always has been, and always will be.

    Juliana, please remember that not all Caymanians are Christians, not all are politically conservative, not all are heterosexual etc. Create unity by respecting and tolerating people who are different. Do not create a divide in your own country, and sit there and expect to have the people’s support. Cayman is such a diverse country with many Caymanians who share opposing ideologies. You can’t expect all citizens to conform to a single line of beliefs because they are what you feel is right.

    I for one, will not support anyone who holds such ignorant, dividing, and intolerant views.

    Yours Truly,

    An embarassed Caymanian

  72. Anonymous says:

    We ought to be reminded of Matthew:10-12 "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye,l when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil  against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

  73. Anonymous says:

     “Rather than take the traditional method of amending the Education Law, which was working good, …”

    Apparently it wasn’t working too WELL, since they were too busy teaching children to be ignorant bigots to teach them any grammar.

    I guess she’s fully aware that if children aren’t indoctrinated before they develop their faculties of critical thinking, there won’t be any more people who agree with her.

  74. How can this imbecile be in such a power?!

    This is the same woman that was against future budget talks because "the world is ending soon", who referred to gays as "these people", and likened hindus to satanists?!

    what a joke…the people who employ her are a bigger joke, why dont they clamp down on her?! oh yes…all too worried about the vote!


    Religious Education means Education about Religions…not just the one she was born into!

    An atheist (i prefer rational) teacher with an open & fair mind would be far better than a dogmatic one surely!?

    would she be SO certain if she had been born in Libya, Palestine or Somaila?!

    LOVE her attempt at saying Atheists are lawless, without morals…what about Ted Haggard? and the several pastors here with mistresses, gambling habits & the odd rent boy?!

    I have more decency in my little toe than this awful awful woman…a lawyer you say?! wow..and i thought Lawyers learnt critical thinking


    this fool should move to saudi or kabul, and if she doesnt like living in a SECULAR DEMOCRACY well maybe she should leave!!

    Wake up Cayman, these MORONS are ruining you, not the peace loving atheists & gays!



  75. Anonymous says:

    And people need to wonder why we need to have a bill of rights that does not allow discrimination.

    Go Juli

  76. noname says:

    I believe and trust in God and love my island. But Mrs.Julie  Please stop using God he is busy enough delivering us from people who have allowed themselves to lose their faith in self praise and the work of judging others. My you all be blessed and find yourselves in the place God intends for u. As a christian love and kindness should shine through even in the hardest of times. Others should see something in us that ignites a desire to know what we know, to know who we cast our cares upon.    

  77. Ebanks the Plumber says:

    I wouldn’t have a problem having my child taught RE by a Muslim or an atheist.

    At least I could be comfortable in the knowledge that s/he wouldn’t be inculcated with the segregationist, intolerant, irrational beliefs of the former First Elected Member for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

    May our gods help us if she gets hold of the Education Ministry.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I truly believe that if you vote for Julie and Mac, then we will all go to hell.

    From what I can see Christianity do not exist in the UDP.

    Take a closer look!

  79. Get a grip says:

    The woman is a bigot, using religion as an excuse to spread hatred. Might as well just go and vote for Bin Laden.

    I don’t think we need to comment further

  80. PT says:

    What happened to separation of Church and State??  I understand that Cayman is (or used to be) a god fearing nation, but mixing politics and religion can be a very very dangerous thing!!

  81. Shamrock says:

    I have to agree with "People For Realism". I was born and raised Christian, and Christianity is my religion of choice but why is it that some people feel that others shouldn’t be entitled to practice their own religions? I have studied a number of religions and many would be surprised to know that alot of them have more in common than they do differences.

    I attended the John Gray High School and most of my teachers were not Christian. I have lived in the USA and Europe where I had exposure to a plethora of peace-loving persons from a variety of religious backgrounds. Since returning home I have continued friendships with many of them and befriended non-Christians within the Cayman Islands and guess what? My Christian beliefs are still very much in tact! Reason being, my parents instilled and re-inforced Christian priniciples in me at home, primarily where religious beliefs should be cultivated.

    I am not suggesting that we remove religious education from the curriculm but please stop implying that anyone who is not Christian is evil or detrimental to our children’s development.

    You are a HOT HATEFUL MESS, Mrs. Julianna!

  82. Anonymous says:

    She always has a story.

    Why doesn’t she ever face the realities that we live in instead of look at the past?  

    What does she mean by not being in Northward.  Shouldn’t she go and see the prison conditions?

    Paved roads go to her house.

    Ambassador for Christ?  Isn’t everyone who is a christian an ambassador?  

    Some people will do anything for a vote.

    What are her plans for the future?  How will she bring jobs and development to our shores? All we ever hear is that plans were put in place and we have never seen any action.  Let’s elect someone who gets projects completed.

  83. Anonymous says:

    CNS: I think that your headlines title on this article is very disbaraging towards God and the Caymanian Christian Community. We are very offended by this heading – Please change this because you are insulting the Pride of the Caymanian People and not hurting Julie in the less.

    (CNS): The heading is a direct quote by Miss Juliana – see the last sentence

    • Future Vision says:

      WOW CNS what a plug for an answer to the poster who commented about the ‘headline title being disbaraging‘ towards God and the Caymanian Christain Community.  The poster seem to be so caught up in religious dogma like Miss Juliana that, they never realize Miss Julliana made the said statement at the end of her pathetic political speech.

  84. fuzzy says:

    This woman is dangerous.Imagine her as minister of education and getting rid of teachers whose religion than hers.Maybe thats why she is voting against the draft constitution which has provision for a bill of rights.Talk about law suits.

  85. People For Realism says:

    Oh there is a pandemic reaching the shores of Cayman alright, but it ain’t no swine flu. Now I had a great party the night before Miss Julie told us the world was ending so I thank her for that, but this time she has crossed the line. A Muslim and an atheist she says, woopdy doopdy doo. School, Monday-Friday,  is for learning things which will help to better your future, Sunday School and Church on the other hand is for those who choose religion for themselves and/or their children. It would be nice if we could try our best to keep the two separate.

  86. Anonymous says:

    This is 21st Century.  Politicians should practie live and let live policy.  Do not think that I am so purer than another person who does not believe in what I believe in.  I am not a christian.  But I know chritianity is a great religion.  If all of us really follow christianity, the world would be a very peaceful and pretty place.  It looks like this lady has a hateful personality.  I know she loves god and it is good.  But my problem with her is that she is trying (I believe) to potray that those who believe in other religions are devils.  She should know that all religions (including muslim) teachs good things in life.  George Bush is a born again christian, but he believes in war which brings death and destruction.  His Iraq war killed 600,000 innocent lives in Iraq.  If someone is seeking public office, that person should have good feelings about everyone.  She is a popular politician in Brac and she does not have to create divisions in the soicity over religion like this.  I hope she would not become a leader of this country one day because she might throw everyone who is not a christian to the sea for shark feeding.  Hon. lady, be nice to all. Life is very precious and short.  We are so fortunate to be born as humans.  Enjoy it.  Always do good to others.  Try and follow a middle path in any issue.  Do not be an extremist.  Many countries around the world are destroyed because of extremist politicians in power. 


  87. Taking the Pisacco says:

    I have never heard anything truly Christian in any of Juliana’s statements on religion.  She represents the ugly side of the church that has done more to harm the Lord’s work than to help it.

  88. Anonymous says:

    This is just so silly. There have been atheist teachers in the Cayman Brac high school from the begining. So what? It did not stop Ms. O’Connor-Connolly from becoming a Christian or many others. The MLA s need to talk about their plans for the next 4 years and leave the preaching to the churches.

  89. Anonymous says:

    Great headline … 

    This is not christianity she is preaching,  it is a dangerous, self-righteous brand of prejudice and hate. 



  90. BT Voter says:

    Julianna should be ashamed of herself!

  91. Anonymous says:

    PPM Dictionary

    If you stand up for Caymanians you are "anti-foreigner";

    If you stand up for Jesus Christ you are "exploiting the religious sensibilities of Caymanians";

    If you stand up against Government wasting $700M, not building a single affordable home in GT, having over 900+ unemployed, being mentally unable to handle the purchase of a Helicopter, losing $90M in Cayman Airways, having Ministers found guilty of disclosing confidential information  you are "stopping progress";

    Please God (I hope saying that doesn’t offend the liberals in the PPM), let May 20th come quick!

    • Anonymous says:

      To PPM Dictionary

      I am amased that you would blame the PPM for this!!! The woman is openly telling people it is okay to discriminate as she touts herself a Christian.

      My I suggest you read the story again and then re-read the part where the Christian warns the people about  who is teaching our children. 

    • Anonymous says:

      PPM Dictionary, this issue transcends party politics. I can assure you that I am a very committed christian, I do stand for christ, I do stand up for Caymanians and am very far from being a liberal. It is childish and arrogant to assume that someone who disagrees with Ms. O’Connor must be PPM and/or liberal and/or atheist. This is the sort of bigoted, destructive politics that we are better off without. Do not bear false witness against your neighbour.  Take a page out of Elizabeth Dole’s book – she tried it and it backfired and cost her the election.   


  92. Anonymous says:

    Alden McLaughlin

    Alden once said that Christianity might not be the majority religion in Cayman soon.

    Why did he say that? Why did he not say ‘not on my watch!’

    Perhaps there is an athiest element within the PPM – they have all the other liberal stuff in their.

  93. Anonymous says:

    I regret to say that Ms. O’Connor is shamelessly exploiting the religious sensibilities of Caymanians for political gain. As a  christian I do not consider this christian behaviour.

    • Future Vision says:

      So true that is excatly what she is doing using religious dogma to minipulate minds of the same core for political gain, to hear your speech is such a pain.  Please Miss Juliana O’connor Connolly retire from politics and try politricks, your speeches are like rotten sticks, you are such a political clown, even when you smile you wear a frown. You and the UDP are fading away MY generation shall lead the rest of the way, both the UDP and the PPM have lead our isles astray. So much more I could say but I’ll step off my soapbox now.

    • Anonymous says:

      This woman is truly unbelievable. Brackers please VOTE HER OUT since she doesn’t have the decency to resign. Who does she think she’s fooling- God? Well as mighty as you may think you are, you cannot fool God and I don’t think you’re fooling the majority of voters now either?

      Juliana don’t you realize that people know who funds the liquor and whatever else it takes to fog the minds of those incompetent individuals who continue to give you power? You are a DISGRACE.

      You’re beginning to sound so desperate …..I suggest you take a break from politics and if you are serious about being an Ambassador for Jesus Christ, go seek him and you will find that you cannot serve God and mammon at the same time.

      It’s only a matter of time before God’s wrath is poured on you if you continue with your shameless hypocrisy and lies.

      Bow out now Juliana, it’s not too late to withdraw your name. In that way you will not be so embarrased. It’s the right thing to do.

      Incidentally you are really embarassing the people of God who demonstrate by their lives that GOD IS LOVE – to ALL people.