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The lady’s not for bullying

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Simpson Miller

In this age of limitless information, it's no wonder that memory appears to be so short, given the flood of data that assails the brain daily. There's so much to take in that there's almost no time for internalisation of facts and events. Hence the inability of so many to recall the past. Let me refresh some memories before I talk about our dear prime minister.

The first openly gay bishop is the aptly named Vicky Gene Robinson. Robinson's consecration as a bishop came in June 2003, when he won a vote to lead the diocese in the US state of New Hampshire. Robinson's ordination as a gay bishop caused an international furore within the Anglican Communion and led to the creation of a breakaway faction in North America.

Bishop Robinson was most recently in the news in May last year when he announced his intention to divorce his husband of four years and in the process call time on a 25-year relationship with his partner. Robinson inspired a second openly gay bishop, Mary D. Glasspool, who was ordained in Los Angeles in 2010.

It's necessary to mention Bishops Robinson and Glasspool, two prominent members of the gay lobby in the United States, as a reminder to those who remain shocked that gay-rights activists could have sought to ambush our prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, in a church in New York City. There are many persons who have yet to process the fact that Portia was the subject of robust heckling as she spoke to members of the diaspora, living and working in the land of Uncle Sam. This as they are still detained by what they see as the brazenness of gay-rights activists to attack the prime minister in the house of God.

 

Activists also believers

 

Contrary to the still-popular belief, gay-rights activists will not 'catch a fire' if they enter the house of the Lord. Nor are they frightened or discomfited by the mention of the Lord's name or the quoting of scripture. The fact is that gay-rights activists are of the Church. They preach daily from the same Bible used by those persons who say the gay lifestyle is an abomination.

The plot against the prime minister is nothing if not amusing. It appears to have been a carefully crafted event, intended to embarrass her. It appears as if the gay activists wanted to discredit her based on a commitment she had given to have her Government hold a conscience vote on the buggery law. They intended - and from all reports succeeded - in hijacking Mama P's speech, forcing the media to be talking about them rather than the message being disseminated by her.

Now say what you want about her intellect or wit, but Portia Simpson Miller is never slow to use her sharp tongue, to react to an act of provocation. As a Jamaican who has grown tired and angry at the lies told about the so-called homophobia in this land, I was elated that the gay-rights activists picked on Mrs Simpson Miller.

I am happy it was Portia, because another prime minister or Jamaican politician may have found that his or her brain became stuck in neutral, as they sought to find the politically correct thing to say in those crucial moments when they were being assailed on the international stage in front of the watching media and persons of influence in the diaspora.

I am happy to see that she took the opportunity to call out the activists on the untruths told about the state-sponsored campaign of terror against members of the LGBT community. Margaret Thatcher's most enduring remark, during her highly divisive tenure as British prime minister, came in October 1980 when, in response to calls for her to perform a U-turn on liberalising the British economy, she told a conference of the Conservative party that this lady's not for turning.

Well, Portia has shown that she, too, is made of iron, telling the gay-rights activists that this lady is not for bullying. I thank the prime minister for her reaction and for telling the world that Jamaicans are not gay killers.

Selah.

- George Davis is a journalist. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com.