Please also see previous matters concerning Cameron on UK Aid and misnomers on conditions from 2011 as posted on my sister blog GLBTQJA Wordpress:
also see: PAJ SENDS OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER SIMPSON-MILLER on the matter of no press conference activity for the press core.
Jamaica has become exceedingly efficient in my view of marketing ourselves as a third world country on the international stage with a broken wing or fractured leg economically so as to continue to benefit from certain automatic aid with such a designation especially from the EU and the UK; yet as some hints were forthcoming that we were to be lifted one tier to middle income and all kinds diplomatic dancing was done to delay or rebuff nicely such a change, only recently foreign affairs minister during his speech at the UN referred to developing states as requiring aid to continue development but he framed it as partnering so as to nice up the rhetoric. If we had handled our affairs properly to begin with s Singapore did there would be no need for aid grantors or donors to supposedly dictate the terms for such aid to be granted and persons would not be up in arms over a situation that can be changed by our prudent governmental management and planning. Grantors are free to attach any stipulation they require and we are free to deny the aid but can we afford to take the high road? Hell no or else our systems will crash as some ministries are heavily dependent on said aid.
The reparations call though on the face of it sound plausible to me reflects that same mendicancy hidden within as instead of making our country better for ourselves even in the face of the atrocities meted out to our ancestors a better response to me would be resist aid with strict conditions as we could have afforded to and instead request or even demand more cooperative arrangements in a better bargaining position so we would not be dictated to in the first place. This latest visit and talks will be frosty indeed or just one way and with a Portia Simpson Miller obviously lacking the skills in certain departments it will be a walkover almost for us to accept the aid with the so called gay agenda attached as espoused by the fear mongering class. Let us remember that aid is essentially tax payers money from other lands as leverage for bilateral cooperation and so forth and will always have attachments, taxpayers in donor countries are free to tell their representatives in their democracies that aid should be conditional or withdrawn altogether if they feel it is wasted or exploited and developing states cannot dictate terms and conditions so easily. Recall the Cotonou Agreement from the EU with ACP states?
The day we lose some of those grant aid assistance or donor funds is the day we will really begin to see our state systems crumble as truth be told most of our systems the health authorities is funded by said grants such as global fund, EU and trade matters under the Cotonou Agreement or the respective sugar deals with Europe.
Gay marriage (Congratulations America! Cheers To Liberty! ....... Gay Marriage at last!) though not formally requested thus far by any group or advocacy structure may be included in the behind the scenes agitation or engagement with politicians and the judiciary yet still as during my time at JFLAG as Admin/Finance/Crisis Intervention Officer in our meetings with the then JLP administration Justice, National Security and other Ministers in private meetings it came up for mention but not with a view for law reform at that time, of course with the advancement and sensibly so in more mature jurisdictions it is bound to come up in discussions; the sexual offences bill is under its usual four year review cycle and no doubt the agitation is to decriminalize (NOT REPEAL) buggery as is presented by fanatical religious extremists locally and with powerful overseas help as was demonstrated recently in the form of the daughter of Martin Luther King departing from the collective struggle of oppression mantra he stood for. Sadly JFLAG’s slow and poor communications on what they are seeking only seeks to allow misnomers and hardened positions on ignorance of the issues and reforms being sought. The far smaller anti gay rally held on Sunday in Half Way Tree when compared to last year where they boasted a 25,000 numbered attendance obviously had the bread and butter issues for households and a looming election occupy the minds of Jamaicans thus impacting on the attendance figures and many even those who supposedly opposed homosexuality are at the same time dismissing some of the paranoia from anti gay groups such as Jamaica CAUSE, Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, JCHS, Lovemarch Movement (the baby of the groups) and the veterans Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. Even when it has been clearly demonstrated that the marriage act in Jamaica cannot be changed on a moment’s notice or by a simple two thirds majority as is being attempted with the CCJ Caribbean Court of Justice bills to make that court our final court of appeal, the aforementioned groups simply reject the facts as they are and continue to infuse fear mongering and playing the victim card n a few cases and supposed choking of freedom of speech as a spin off from the Professor Bain matter. The marriage act clearly is protected in our constitution by entrenchment and would require all 63 members in the lower house to agree just to amend the protections; then another full support in the upper house of the senate and the Charter of Rights which replaced section three of the constitution.
The fundamental questions in my mind are simple, when was the last time in our political culture we have had all members of the house present in person for important bills and they all vote in the affirmative on a controversial constitutional matter? The answer in my view is a long time; so this near impossibility or very tedious trajectory for such changes literally makes the agitation by anti gay groups laughable, yet other societal ills go overlooked; case in point the unravelling in a formerly quiet parish as Hanover where in the very week prior to the homophobes rally in Half Way Tree, HWT some 23 persons were murdered and it is as if it was birds who were shot and not humans. We have an ongoing commission of inquiry on the Tivoli issue and these groups despite the alarming testimony on pointing to extra judicial killings and atrocities in May 2010 no word, rallies, protests and such have come from these so called concerned groups yet millions are spent for an anti gay campaign; lest we also forget the welfare matters such as homelessness, poverty and so on yet these head strong groups ignore these matters and give very little attention to them. When challenged they cough up some half hearted response to deflect criticisms but simply go back to their true calling and imperative. Did these groups participate for example in that 10,000 man March in Montego Bay given the crime wave linked to lotto scamming there? The answer is no as the organizers were said to be of a different denomination in the majority although it was a coalition of religious leaders.
Other ills overlooked that ought to have rallies as the public awareness activities:
Pastors who molest children
Pastors arrested for lotto scamming and other fraudulent activity
Obvious corruption in government
Hypocrisy in theology and hugging up political parties
Spiraling crime and sexual abuse generally
Sluggish, unbalanced justice systems
Failing national health systems
Homelessness, elderly abandonment and other welfare matters
Lack of equity in society
Diminishing morals, ethics and principles while not conflating issues such as paedophilia and homosexuality or seeing transgender folk as suffering mental illness
Now comes the above mentioned Jamaica Observer article:
RELIGIOUS leaders and other proponents of traditional marriage and the family have cautioned the Government ahead of today's visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron against caving to the gay agenda.
The call was made during a mass rally Sunday in Half-Way-Tree, at which the Portia Simpson Miller-led Administration was urged to resist international pressures to put the nation on a path to repealing the buggery law and legalising same-sex marriage.
Dr Alveta King, the granddaughter of famed American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr, urged Jamaicans, in a video message at the rally, to maintain the resistance, as she described same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) push as an "evil agenda authored by the father of confusion and lies".
She said this "anti-procreation" agenda distorts the meaning of human rights and destroys lives, families, and the communities.
"I urge you to resist this agenda with all your might. Please, do not fall for the deception of this anti-procreation agenda. Rather, expose their lies and affirm the truth that God made us equal as human beings, but not all behaviour have equivalent worth and outcomes," said King, who is director of African American Outreach for Priest for Life.
Cameron's pending visit has been a cause for unease among the church and those who hold a traditional view of marriage and the family due to his position on the issue.
Gay marriage became legal in the United Kingdom at midnight on March 29, 2014, due to the push by the Cameron Administration.
"I am proud that we have made same-sex marriage happen. I am delighted that the love two people have for each other and the commitment they want to make can now be recognised as equal," the UK Evening Standard newspaper quoted Cameron in 2013.
During Sunday's rally, staged by Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (Jamaica CAUSE), Cameron's position on same-sex marriage was highlighted by several speakers.
Fear that Jamaica may cave to the tide of the LGBT push has been further heightened by the fact that Jamaica's weak economy relies heavily on grants from European countries that tout gay rights.
"Be careful who you take grants from...," Bishop Alvin Bailey, chairman of the Jamaica Evangelical Alliance, told the rally.
Bailey also warned against the Government making "secret" deals that could take the country down what he said was the wrong path.
"David Cameron is coming, but we have to know where we stand on this thing," said Daniel Thomas, president of the Christian youth group Love March Movement.
He urged Christians to get enumerated in order to vote for candidates who share their views on marriage and the family.
Dr Everett Brown, president of Jamaica's largest denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, called on the Government to resist any international efforts to impose same-sex marriages and homosexuality on the country. He said these "evil" and an abomination, and said they are product of minds void of understanding.
Father Richard Ho Lung, of the Roman Catholic faith and head of Missionaries of the Poor, quoted scriptures and urged attendants at the rally to resist the LGBT agenda, which he said is from the devil. He urged the sea of people decked in the national colours of black, green and gold to stand up for God's truth, even if it eventually cost their freedom and lives.
Helene Coley-Nicholson, president of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, told the audience that the Jamaican Constitution recognizes marriages between a man and a woman and quoted Martin Luther King Jr, saying that the people had a moral duty to disobey unjust laws.
Representatives from a Christian delegation from the Eastern Caribbean also addressed the rally.
Hardened Positions by Religious Fanatics & Their LGBT Detractors Will Only Leave More Blood on the Floor
Anti Gay Voice & 'Child Rights' Advocate Betty-Ann Blaine Taken to Task on Public Advocacy
Big Lies, Crisis Archiving & More MSM Homlessness Issues 12.07.12 and
Big Gay Lie ... responses continued and
Homophobic Killings versus Non Homophobic Killings 12.07.12 (highly recommended)
Let us also bear in mind the public's perception that is yet to be dented that it is gay men who are really killing each other due to jealousy as this old Jamaica Observer vox pop brings to bear: NO GAY RAGE - Homosexuals Are Not Targeted For Violent Crime, Say Experts
Why did CVCC & JFJ not Fund a Project/Home for Homeless LGBT Youth in New Kingston instead of the Children’s Home Fiasco that now obtains?