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What is JFJ's true agenda?

Published:Monday | February 9, 2015 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In recent months, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) was involved in the sex-education controversy that introduced the illegal exposure of children in six children's homes to content which spoke about anal sex.

Now it is at the centre of reporting to the United Nations committee that "corporal punishment is still highly prevalent in Jamaica. Reports of child abuse are alarmingly common, yet there has been insufficient action at the legislature and policy level to combat this".

This is a total misrepresentation of the facts, an outright lie, even. I guess JFJ is totally blinded to the existence of Jamaica's Child Development Agency, which has been in existence for more than 10 years!

Or is JFJ unaware that no one is exempt from prosecution when it involves the abuse of a child? Maybe members of JFJ should be brought before the court for their moral decadence in the sex-ed controversy.

Don't get it twisted: There is a difference between the abuse and disciplining of a child. In my opinion, not even the Government, or any outside organisation, has the right to dictate how I discipline my child.

My children represent me: my lineage, my heritage, my religion, my values, my bloodline and, at the end of my life, it is God who will judge me on their upbringing.

JFJ would have the world believe that all Jamaicans abuse their children. How can JFJ dictate to me how to discipline my children when they are so tainted? Moreover, why should Jamaica bow to this anti-corporal punishment body when it is us Jamaicans who would have to live with the consequences of a society without discipline?

MARVIN FORBES

forbesmarvin@gmail.com