The latest salvo come on the backdrop of that matter in the US of a clerk refusing to issue gay marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court ruling for all fifty odd states in the US while ignoring the fact she is a public servant paid by tax payers some of whom will benefit from the change in the law and the attendant state benefits affording to such couples prior.
The planned march by the groups for supposed opposition to gay marriage is laughable at least and utter nonsense and asinine at best as other issues such as the awful crime wave, murder rates going through the roof, abuse of children, rape figures usually high yet such groups find strength for gays along the lines of the tyranny of the majority. The 10,000 man march in Montego Bay recently by some church groups was to have highlighted the crime issue especially lotto scamming of which MSM have even suffered from it especially leading to homelessness and homophobic matters as well, chief among them a home invasion in a middle class housing area by a rival lotto scam group where the intended targets deliberately hire young men who are gay and articulate as it is said they get better results than none gay males in the illegal activity. The very week of the march then had three separate shootings and the latest only yesterday morning of three men for alleged lotto scamming rivalry as well as police crackdown on the scourge avenues for the practice become less so infighting rises.
What is even more interesting is the ever changing gold posts for some of the groups as they launch their campaigns for example Helen Coley Nicholson three days ago spoke to Nationwide Radio and also via TBC radio that the planned march is for to respond to the clerk issue and gay marriage and the push by LGBTQIP etc and a clear anti hate promoting agenda yet yesterday on Nationwide as interviewed by Brooks and Fitzhenly Dr Wayne West and Philipa Davies placed a spin on the whole affair when asked by the hosts as to the real reason for the march for Sunday September 28 as a pro-family and other national so called atrocities when the Helen Coley message cleared stated otherwise. It would seem that the Jamaica CAUSE folks are losing some traction and credibility as more and more it is clear to everyone they are selective and only have strength for LGBTQI people. Dr Wayne West went as far as to declare transgender folk as mentally ill.
Those other country priorities are of no import to Jamaica CAUSE et al it seems and given the election silly season obviously piggy backing on the US anti gay Christian clerk matter to gain traction possibly for a conservatism agenda pegged to the Jamaica Labour Party and the agitated referendum on buggery. What about the perceived corruption in government or at the party level; case in point the cry from Lloyd B Smith local government trace and his threat of sorts to his PNP hierarchy of skulduggery yet after the party offered a re-run of the race his threats seem to have disappeared showing the hypocrisy on all fronts; righteous indignation when convenient but the plebeians can go to hell.
It would seem as if the religious right groups prefer the status quo to continue as marriage defined as a union between a man and woman but ends up in some instances divorces as strangers are actually put together as no real romantic time and sexual play is allowed in other words no sex before marriage and the continued hiding of same gender attracted folk in the church as they struggle with identity, acceptance and fear or guilt. The usual argument postured by these anti gay voices is that gay marriage with destroy the family has been proven as nonsense borne out by the breakdown of said family unit without the rights and privileges afforded to gay couples. Just a cursory look at so called family life marriage is already destroyed by those who now have such rights, absentee fathers, fake marriage even in church but the parties aren’t actually in love, naive couples entering the fray.
Then comes the paranoia of church persecution due to disagreement with pro gay issues but if the madness such as that clerk persists and LGBT people feeling hurt by such actions while asking for tolerance in public advocacy then it is a recipe for further hardened positions and the true essence of our struggle is missed as smoke screens divert the eyes from the ball. I warned about such clouding of the issues some time ago in an audio post as well but here we have arrived at the very place I feared, then articles supporting atheism or question God’s existence while smacking gay or LGBTQ Christians in the face comes from folks like Michael Abrahams while supportive of the causes only seeks to mire the issues in the final analysis. The step-n-fetch-it approach by groups such as JFLAG has only added more fuel to the fire by their slow response to the issues when the LCF prior to Jamaica CAUSE’s formation and their rather daft stance on gay marriage from way back when yet it had to get to this stage and still no serious response from the group especially to categorically state that there has been no official position on the matter from them or any other group until present day; individual wishes via articles and discussion is not an official position and given that we cannot even get passed just basic understanding, public awareness on sexual orientation and settling misnomers about homosexuality.
The Gleaner carried this as well:
An alleged threat to family life in addition to recent developments in the United States regarding the sanctioning of same-sex marriage across that country are some of the concerns that have prompted what is expected to be a massive rally hosted by the Church in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, later this month.
Hundreds of well-known church leaders closed the doors of their sanctuaries to venture out with their membership in Half-Way Tree Square in June of last year to flex their collective muscles, as debate raged over a possible repeal of the buggery law.
Dr Stevenson Samuels, chairman of Jamaica CAUSE, the group spearheading the rally, told a press conference yesterday that the rally would not be an attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) community, but a call to save the nation from what he described as "predicted negative consequences".
"We are suffering from social, spiritual and economic effects of faulty family life and there is much to be done to address oppression and injustice, but despite our economic, political and social challenges, we will not accept new definitions of marriage and family that defy nature and design and will lead the country towards predictable negative outcomes," Samuels declared.
"We reject all forms of pressure or coercion, internal or external. We stand opposed to all policies that harm marriage, family and children, and as such, urge our leaders to protect the Jamaican family which is already gravely threatened," he continued.
He also indicated that groups from several Caribbean countries have confirmed their attendance, including from Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Guyana.
Helene Coley Nicholson, president of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, who also addressed the gathering, noted that she was confident that with the support of Jamaican citizens, the country can be saved from decay of the morals of society.
"The case of Kim Davis puts into sharp focus some of the consequences of the unfolding LGBT agenda. Her imprisonment is the direct consequence of the overthrowing of laws by the US Supreme Court which legalised same-sex marriage in all 50 states in June this year," Coley Nicholson said.
POLITICAL AND LEGAL BATTLES
"That ruling has unleashed political and legal battles over concepts of family, religious liberty and freedom of conscience as well as the Jamaican Constitution."
Kim Davis, a Rowan County clerk in the United States, was sent to jail for refusing to issue licences to gay couples earlier this month.
"As the battle rages, what happened to Kim Davis has sent a signal not just to the centres in the US but to those in other countries, including Jamaica, that are within the sphere of the American influence," Coley Nicholson said.
"Intense pressure has been and is being put on Jamaica by the US and other countries to overturn our buggery laws and enact legislation to offer special rights to LGBT persons."
She added: "We acknowledge that more work needs to be done. However, we are people of faith and we will be guided by that. We believe that Jamaica is going to be a place of refuge and we will continue to take a stand and encourage others to stand with us."
Miller's bail has been extended until that time.
When he appeared in the Corporate Area Magistrate's Court today his attorneys asked the court for more time.
Miller’s defence team told the court that they recently received the transcript of the testimony of former police commissioner Owen Ellington at the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
The lawyers said they needed more time to review the document.
Miller is being tried for attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was charged after then wanted man Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found in a car he was driving on June 22, 2010
Coke was wanted on an extradition warrant at the time he was captured along Mandela Highway in St Catherine, in a sport utility vehicle that was being driven by Miller.
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