Anthony Gomes on “Testing Christian morality – again!”


The widely publicised J-FLAG TV Public Service Announcement encouraging families to love those relatives practising deviant homosexual lifestyles has been denied public exposure by Television Jamaica. The managing director of RJR Communications Group gave cogent reasons for their decision not to air the announcement. While reasons for their stated position were “spun” in sensitive PR language, the subliminal message was understood, that is, the serious “blowback” which would likely occur if the PSA were to be televised.

As a Christian nation, Jamaican culture is dogmatic concerning homosexuality, as is Islam. Love of family members is a perennial tenet of the Christian religion, but as with other intimate issues that occur during the rocky road through life, it is preferable that such matters be dealt with in the confines of the family circle. There is also the possibility of the message being misunderstood as pastor and former journalist Mark Dawes pointed out: “As innocuous and as innocent as that public service announcement might appear, it is a part of a wider plan by militant homosexuals to gradually desensitise Jamaicans so that homosexual behaviour and practice can become mainstream in Jamaica”.

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It is widely known that numerous deviant pressure groups are attempting to infiltrate Jamaica’s culture by asserting their lifestyles as normal. Besides homosexuals, these groups include the pro-abortionists, the lobbyists for decriminalising the use of ganja and other recreational drugs, the polygamists and polyandrous protagonists, those who believe in euthanasia and those lobbying to legalise male and female prostitution, both forms of which promote HIV infection.

J-FLAG is talking with other external media houses to persuade them to air the PSA that will likely succeed. Already, strong external pressure exists on Jamaica from Western countries to legalise homosexuality. Theirs is a version of moral imperialism employing economic benefits to pursue their deviant mission in the guise of human rights, which in the extreme could lead to acceptance of necrophilia, paedophilia and even bestiality being considered as normal lifestyles. No need to raise one’s eyebrows, as who would have thought 50 years ago that the current situation would ever exist! With the Western Hemisphere in decadent free fall, evidenced by excessive liberalism and economic devastation, further loss of moral constraints will continue with the high risk of culminating in global conflagration that could result in disrupting world order.

The Declaration on Human Rights and Sexual Orientation tabled in the United Nations in December 2008, as reported by Attorney at Law Shirley Richards, sought to expand the existing human rights concept to include “sexual orientation”. The declaration was not supported by Jamaica. Simultaneously, a contrary proposal stated that the Declaration was an “attempt to introduce to the UN notions that have no legal foundation in any human rights instrument”. There appears to be no UN consensus on including sexual orientation and gender identity as human rights. Obviously, the power brokers at the UN are hell-bent on imposing a new version of human rights on the unwilling world. It is an attempt to assert the moral equivalence of all forms of sexual references and to harm moral and sound discernment, all in the name of “human rights”. The pressure groups’ clamour for “tolerance” is intrinsically a call for “acquiescence”.

The current spread of Greco-Roman-style decadence occurs when societies mature and become engorged with affluence, corruption, and avarice on a grand scale, which spawns intellectual pride and arrogance that relegates the existence of a Supreme Being to the annals of a children’s fairy tale, suitable only for bedtime reading. Apart from being in step with the changing times, contemporary liberalism has gone beyond the realm of propriety, as demonstrated by the recent riots in England. Society persists with demands to liberalise the very constraints that protect citizens from harming themselves.

A call has been made to legalise homosexuality and prostitution to combat the social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, maintaining there is a need to decriminalise and regulate homosexuality and combat homophobia. In a contrary view, a prominent columnist argues that “homosexuality is not an unpreventable disease; it is an option. It is learned behaviour, practised by more and more people simply who disregard the limits of personal conduct, as well as God-given principles and morals”.

As a Christian country, the teaching expounded by Roman Catholicism, the world’s largest Christian religion, must be seriously considered. The Catechism of the Catholic Church article 2357 in part states: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered”. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life”. The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage. It teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are, and the sin should be condemned, but not the sinner.

In these times of severe economic stress, it is important for government to focus on the ultimate survival of Jamrock. Both political parties are acutely aware that tampering with the nation’s traditional morals in return for foreign economic assistance would be political suicide. It should not be overlooked that the faith-based schools constitute a major part of Jamaica’s educational base that does not subscribe to the errant views of certain minorities.

Mr Ernest Smith, JLP MP, during the 2009 fracas in Parliament, made a profound and memorable statement: “Democracy with all its freedoms is not a licence for people to encourage criminality or otherwise conspire to corrupt public morals.”

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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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