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'I don't want to peep in your bedroom' - Anti-same-sex campaigner says fight not about stopping consenting adults

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Dr Wayne West

Outspoken representative of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, Dr Wayne West, has declared that his advocacy for the retention of the buggery law is primarily fuelled by his concerns for the freedom of Jamaicans rather than any interest in the bedroom happenings of consenting adults.

"The buggery law is not about peeping into anybody's bedroom. Don't let them fool you. That is what they would want you to believe, and they say, well, do you want to peep into someone's bedroom? Of course you wouldn't. Who would want to peep into anyone's bedroom?" West asked last Tuesday during a public lecture on how some international agencies are helping to sexualise children.

"We don't want certain things on the streets. We don't want them in our churches, we want to be free to say thus say the Lord," said West.

 

STRONG OPPOSITION

 

He argued that strong opposition to the country's buggery law has caused him to help to organise several marches to protest any attempts to tamper with Jamaica's traditional understanding of the family.

There has been increasing calls in recent times to review the centuries-old law, which is considered oppressive to some citizens.

"When we speak to the buggery law, we are not speaking about peeping into any body's bedroom, as persons like to say," he said.

"We are talking about what is happening on the streets and what is going to happen in your business, what is going to happen in your church, what is going to happen in your school, or whether you will be able to keep your job or your business, because this is in the public domain, and what we are seeing really is a plan for sexual anarchy and sexual nihilism," said West.

He charged that persons who opposed the homosexual lifestyle in some countries are prosecuted, and Jamaicans need to be free to practise their democratic rights.

"If Jamaica wants to go that way, then fine, but this must not be forced upon us and certainly must not be sneaked upon us ...," said West.

"This is a democracy, so what happens is completely in the hands of the people. The people are free to share their opinions."

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