Police were called when a group of young men started a Rastafarian church. To everyone else, it was a devil worshipping service. They were arrested and that was the end of their worshipping service.
Rastafarians are misunderstood by lots of people due to ignorance. Majority of the public associates them with drugs and the use of ganja (marijuana), which has made them victims of police harassment.
The public imagery of the Rasta obscures their complex practices, as well as their strong beliefs. The dreadlocks and dread talk help to create a very strong sense of identity and bonding among members. The ritualistic and secular use of drugs is not meant to produce a careless, reckless lifestyle. Indeed, Rasta members are forbidden from consuming alcohol, hard drugs, and unprocessed foods. They are expected to be religious, and to constantly reread the Bible and the speeches of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey. They subscribe to a set of religious beliefs: Ras Tafari (Haile Selassie of Ethiopia) is a prophet and Jah (God) is black. Ras Tafari is God incarnate, the Messiah that will save the black people. They see themselves as the descendants of the Israelites of the ancient period, represented in the mod- ern world by the Ethiopian Coptic Church. They see an end to the present world, which will destroy itself and be replaced by a just, new one.
These practices and beliefs are connected to a political agenda and resistance ideology.
Rastafarians attribute the destruction of the black race to Western influences, usually described as evil. For the black race to prevail, it has to deal with this evil. A Messiah will help, and blacks must return to their homeland in Africa. To communicate with one another and reach a larger audience, the Rastas use reggae music, their fashion, ganja, and their religious leaders. They have been successful in reaching places outside of Jamaica, including west Africa, New Zealand, Britain, India, Canada, and the United States, where they have appealed to a number of young people. As with the spread of religions and ideas, when they reach new places, they can be “customized” to meet the demands of local cultures and established lifestyles.