The Coalition consisting of 10 founding members, is promising tax reformation, urban housing, rural land reform and a foundation built on strong Christian principles among some of its objectives.
Additionally, the fourth political party has also thrown its weight behind the Contractor General Greg Christie calling for the expansion of his powers as well as supporting the work of the centre for Leadership and Governance at the University of the West Indies.
“We intend to examine and promote those key areas of constitutional and legislative reform that will strengthen transparency and accountability and put an end to corruption in political and public life for good,” Blaine said
Speaking at the launch at the Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston, she said that after 48 years of independence Jamaica is moving backwards.
Blaine is an Observer columnist and former talk show host.
It is very important that we understand that there is the homosexual community, and then there is homosexual activism. The piece written by the American writer about Jamaica: the banning of Jamaican artistes from performing in certain countries, and now the boycott of Jamaica by a Canadian group, are all a part of a powerful and well-calculated campaign to pressure our country into repealing our buggery laws, and to force the homosexual agenda down our throats.
What is also clear to me is that the homosexual lobby will use any argument, however untrue, to strengthen its case. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a case of any tourist being attacked in this country because of homosexuality. As a matter of fact, the evidence shows that most domestic homosexual murders have occurred by people known to the victims, and are often the result of domestic violence. The argument used by the Canadian group that it fears for their members' safety, is not based on facts, and is a deliberate and malicious public relations campaign designed to malign an entire country and to force us into complicity.
Let me hasten to say that violence against any citizen of this country (or any other), of whatever sexual orientation he or she happens to be, is inexcusable and should not be tolerated, and the full force of the law should, and must be brought to bear on the offenders. Public violence against "outwardly'' gay men must, however, be carefully analysed, while at the same time sending the message that physical attacks against them is criminal and cannot be condoned.
First of all, the global homosexual lobby must be told unequivocally and unapologetically that Jamaica is not a homophobic country - we are a Christian country. The fact that many Jamaicans are bad Christians is a completely different matter altogether. For Jamaicans, the issue of homosexuality is a deeply cultural and spiritual matter. In the eyes of Jamaicans, to say that homosexuality is right, is to say that God is wrong, and that will never happen.
Homosexuality is not merely an issue of a different value system, or issues of "preference" or "choice". It is an issue that strikes at the very core of a belief system that is rooted in the Bible, and one that Jamaicans have valued since time immemorial, and a belief system that defines and calibrates who we are.
Culturally, the Jamaican society is not one in which you will see public displays of sex as one might see in other countries. You hardly see it with heterosexuals, and Jamaicans don't expect to see it with homosexuals. As far as many Jamaicans are concerned, sex and sexual preferences are private matters that are best confined to people's bedrooms, and should not be something for public display or public consumption.
My own position on homosexuality is very simple and straightforward. My heart is full of love for all of God's children, including those who have chosen a homosexual lifestyle, but I can't condone the behaviour, precisely because as a Christian, I find it goes against God's words and teachings - from the Creation story through to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Levitical passages in the Old Testament - to the books of the New Testament.
One of the most effective strategies of the homosexual lobby (with the help of its local agents) is to force you into a corner by saying that if you dislike the behaviour you automatically dislike the person. That's a trick that hasn't worked with me. Some of the nicest, kindest, brightest and most creative people I know are homosexuals, and some of the meanest and most obnoxious human beings I know are heterosexuals, and vice versa. The issue is sin, not sexual orientation, and all of us, both gays and "straights" are guilty in the eyes of God even when we don't even know it. The wonderful thing is that God's grace is sufficient for all of us.
The point of concern, however, is the aggressive, offensive posture of the homosexual lobby with its two-fold agenda of recruitment and acceptance at any cost - and that includes blacklisting an entire country if that country refuses to fall into line. The agenda is to influence national policies, as we see happening in other parts of the world, and every single trick is being pulled out of the bag, including convoluting the issues of "diversity'', "human rights", "science and evolution" - you name it. My prediction is that very soon the issue of foreign aid is going to be tied to the issue of "diversity'' and "human rights" (which really now means homosexuality), and as a poor, dependent country we had better sit up and pay attention."