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No gag order, says Father Sean

Published:Wednesday | December 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Anglican priest Father Sean Major-Campbell yesterday cancelled a follow-up interview with The Gleaner but denied that there was any orchestrated attempt by the church to silence him in the wake of a firestorm generated by his unconventional act of inviting two lesbians and a transgender male to participate in Sunday morning's activities at the Christ Church in Vineyard Town, St Andrew.

"It is definitely not a gag order," Major-Campbell said by telephone. Earlier, he had informed this reporter by email that he had "been advised to cancel the meeting for today. Persons wanted to come out, but it is felt that this should be 'laid to rest', so to speak".

The meeting had been planned to have members of the congregation, who supported his act of showing love to two lesbians by washing their feet and allowing a transgender individual, to address the congregation go on record in voicing their approval.

Major-Campbell did not say who advised him to cancel the meeting or to have the matter "laid to rest".

The story has been generating quite a buzz on social media, with the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) praising Major-Campbell for the unprecedented act of outreach and inclusion. However, other persons have countered that it is a betrayal of traditional Christian principles.

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com