Not so, Mr Young, Mr Smith

Letter to the Editor 19.02.09
Dear Editor,
Support tolerance, not hate! It is almost insane to read some of the articles published in the Jamaican media, where the word “homosexuality” seems to send some people into a fit of endless rage. Your reader, Stewart Young, published his comments in both major papers, triggered by the recent anti-gay comments made in Parliament by MP for SW St Ann, Ernest Smith.

Mr Young, ironically, lives in a First-World country (USA), where the cornerstone of democracy is based on human rights. Why enjoy all this, and then turn around and denounce the rights of others in Jamaica? Why would anyone consume themselves in such hate and anger, when life has so much more to offer? Is it just insecurity, or more so a lack of proper education?

I advise Mr Young to reflect seriously on his arguments. There are good and bad people in every race, every background, even sexuality! For every rich (gay) man “luring” boys with their wealth, you bet there are ten times more rich (straight) men luring girls!

As for MP Smith, I’ve never heard such ignorance reported in Jamaican papers in a very long time. Sometimes it’s best to remain quiet, if one has nothing of substance to contribute. OK, so you dislike gays, fine, that’s your personal choice, but why would you take this to Parliament? Does the MP even realise that these were the same type of arguments that sanctioned slavery against a race?

One would assume that for the most part elected officials are educated, yet no one dared to challenge Mr Smith. It’s a sad day for Jamaica when MPs like Mr Smith are allowed to “wallow’ in this type of ignorance! In other countries the MP would’ve had to resign. I firmly believe that the development of any country must start with the development of the mind.

History has shown that intolerance and hate feed into crime, resulting into fewer opportunites for development. When one can equate one’s sexuality with domestic violence, other crimes or even the right to hold a licensed firearm, I have to say this is beyond bizarre. It is downright ignorant, and narrow-minded. Such is the typical mind, steeped in bigotry and hate!

P Delisser

Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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