As we say in Jamaica 'liberty comes through carelessness' indeed and to now be told that JFLAG should go and look after homelessness then we really gone to the dogs these days when it comes to credibility, civility and just respect even from rivals. This is the second time I am aware of where the group has been told to go and deal with homelessness as done prior by other church related groups, it tells us that groups needs to be careful how they act or don't act publicly on sensitive matters. Pity though the said moralists do not see it important to also act on homelessness in a more meaningful way than just those who try.
A SUGGESTION mooted by the Jamaica Forum for Lesbian, All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) for persons from that organisation to offer counselling in schools has been met with strong resistance from the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) and anti-gay groups.
In a release to the media NPTAJ President Everton Hannam poured cold water on the suggestion made by the gay lobby.
The national parent-teacher body has, however, viewed J-FLAG's offer with much suspicion, noting that the offer appears to be another attempt by J-FLAG to introduce elements of what was uprooted from a Home and Family Life (HFLE) curriculum early last year. The HFLE curriculum was the subject of much controversy after material highlighting homosexuality was discovered in a text book prescribed by the curriculum. Now with the issue of some guidance counselors allegedly refusing to offer counsel to lesbian and gay students igniting much public debate, the NPTAJ said it is rejecting any attempt by J-FLAG to offer counselling in schools.
Hannam argued that, "If JFLAG is serious about counselling, they can offer those services privately." He also called on the Ministry to reject the offer made by the gay-rights group. "Let the guidance counsellors do their job," he said.
Discussions With J-FLAG
Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has said he is interested in involving all stakeholders in providing solutions and has been in discussions with J-FLAG and the Jamaica Coalition for Healthy Society. He is set to meet with guidance counselors next week to discuss the issue.
Daniel Thomas, president of the Love March Movement has also urged the Ministry of Education to reject J-FLAG's offer. "J-FLAG needs to understand that they have no place in our schools and our Government should look at stopping anybody, especially an organised effort to tell our students, our minors, our children that they should be engaging in something that is normal, that cannot be tolerated," he said.