Rev. Dr David Durant: Youth arm of the UGLAB was giving too much focus on alternative lifestyles.
MEMBERS of the religious community are not behind the formation of the youth arm of United Gays And Lesbians Against AIDS Barbados (UGLAB).
But at least one is calling for tolerance and empathy.
Senator Reverend Dr David Durant, the head of Restoration Ministries, said he thought the youth arm was giving too much focus on alternative lifestyles.
“I don’t think they should have this kind of prominence. Instead, those so inclined should be helped through counsel and guidance,” he said.
Durant said there was no need to cry down gays and lesbians as he felt there was a way for them to become “normal” again.
“They don’t have to remain in that situation. They can be helped through the Word of God and, along with guidance and compassionate counsel, can overcome that gay and lesbian tendency and return to normal, as by biblical standards that lifestyle is not normal,” he concluded
“I think it is ridiculous. From studying the homosexual agenda, one of their [agendas] is to [attract] young boys. So I am not surprised; but that is something the nation must turn against,” said Apostle Bernard Cadogan of Love And Faith Ministry, Operation Marriage Restore and Excess Singles.
“We are not afraid of their agenda, but we are concerned about our children and what they are faced with in our society,” Bernard added.
He said that if homosexuals were allowed in the church they would be expected to change.
Apostle Destiny shared similar views to her husband Bernard. She refuted the claim of the youth arm of the UGLAB that it could provide a future for its members.
“They are short-sighted in their objective. There is no future for homsexuality. It is a dead thing.”
She is calling on UGLAB to be responsible and speak to parents about the problems of their children as they would any other problem.
Reverend Carlyle Williams, district superintendent of the Wesleyan Holiness Church, is of the view that young people “should always have a proper direction”.
“Just to start in UGLAB they are not going to get the help that is necessary.
“While we should not discriminate, the problem is far deeper. The question is: who will be there to counsel, advise and provide moral and spiritual guidance?” said Williams, adding that there must be professional guidance.
Reverend Cuthbert Moore, head of the Methodist Church, said stigma and/or discrimination against any individual, community or sector of the community “was not acceptable for our Judeo-Christian ethics and as believers. This attitude should not be encouraged by faith communities or society in general and should be stopped”.
Moore said: “Rather than criticising or condemning, as a nation and moreso as a faith-based community, we need to be more tolerant of persons who may be different; and the faith community needs to exercise a supporting role without condoning that which is inconsistent with our beliefs and practices, and provide a forum to educate our people so that discrimination, abuse and stigma may end.”