Recently on Gay Pride Day when millions flaunted tolerance and support for the LGBT community, in one Caribbean city, more than 25,000 people rallied against the international parade by supporting a newly organized civil society group named Jamaica Cause -- Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation.
“Our emancipation means standing up for strong families, our emancipation means standing against the homosexuality agenda, emancipation for us means standing up against the repealing of the buggery law,” Alvin Bailey, chairman of the group said.
He said he plans to mobilize every Jamaican, church, temple and institution to unite around his agenda. “We will do all that is righteous and Godly to accomplish the cause,” Bailey said.
“We are standing here today because we want to see the moral thermometer of our nation rise again,” Rev. Donald Cole said.
“The seeds of greed and selfishness have been sown in the soil of corruption in public and private sector.”
“As a people, we have compromised to crime, violence, immorality, abuse of the weak and disrespect of authority,” Cole added. “When young people rape and kill each other we should take a serious look at what they’re watching and hearing.”
The preacher aimed directly at the government and its parliamentary body that is in the midst of discussions around repealing its buggery laws.
“The process of restoring the old boundary stones of right and wrong, lawful and unlawful and good and evil, should begin.”
He also targeted the island’s churches saying they faced and is still facing a challenge to be part of the solution in this crisis.
“The prophetic voice of the church is often ignored or discarded, yet the church is often accused of negligence.”
Cole said that the church will increase its prophetic role and will not be silenced, especially when it should be speaking boldly.
According to police, the four-hour, mass rally held in the middle of the capital city of Kingston attracted a record number of protesters to Half-Way-Tree. Reports are that crowds turned out in numbers waving the national colors of black, green and gold.
One speaker called on Jamaicans to stand up for “strong and healthy families, righteousness and justice as well as to resist the homosexual agenda and the repealing of the buggery act.”
Spokesperson Camille Morrison endorsed the comments adding that biologically “di ting don’t mek sense and as such it should not be imposed upon people as if it is something right.”
“We not gonna mek dem mis-educate our children, we not gonna mek dem misinform our children,” Betty-Ann Blaine, a child advocate stated.
Blaine said that there has been a 72 per cent increase in buggery among children and as such “there is no way we changing the buggery law.”
She spoke passionately about children and revealed that she recently attended a funeral for a nine-month-old baby who was buggered and then killed.
Jamaica Cause was established following the removal of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network.
CAUSE volunteers invited people to sign a petition against the repeal of the buggery law. They said they intend to send the petition to Prime Minster Portia Simpson Miller.
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