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Robinson must rise above abusive rants

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2015 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am forced to respond to the column ('The Old Balls and Chain') by Gordon Robinson in The Gleaner of Tuesday, July 21, 2015. He has every right to support the cause of gay rights, if he chooses to. However, he viciously and vulgarly attacked two Jamaican citizens who expressed different views.

Since when does Mr Robinson have the papal right to assign sainthood to any Jamaican citizen, as he sarcastically called Shirley Richards 'Saint Shirley'? And why attack Ian Boyne as 'Booklist Boyne' for his erudite quotation from his extensive reading list. Minister Ronnie Thwaites must be squirming at this attack on his book-reading education initiative.

With clever legal manipulation, Mr Robinson, in his article, avoids the real issues with the gay-rights agenda. What Mrs Richards is warning Jamaicans about is the new 'tolerance' value system, which is gradually taking hold in the United States. Agree with pro-gay lobbyists or risk being viewed as intolerant and, possibly, arrested for 'hate speech'.

Ian Boyne is prepared to be assaulted for his views from a backward book 'written by people of a nomadic tribe' which has laws that we still value and honour. The buggery law that Mr Robinson inveighs against is one such, and has a solid foundation for a stable society.

sound basis

Like laws against murder and speeding, which protect lives, anti-buggery legislation has a sound basis, both legally and in society's values. Homosexuality has been proven to be unhealthy, is clearly humanly unnatural, and is unproductive, despite the labels of 'two fathers'. The US case of the two women wanting their child's birth certificate to have both their names is clearly a case either of intellectual stupidity or moral confusion and will hopefully be thrown out.

Mr Robinson states that gays "just want to be as miserable as we are (married)".

The Gleaner is seriously at fault in publishing this kind of abusive writing and Mr Robinson should, as a respected lawyer, do better in his public disagreement with the opinions of others.

A.W. SANGSTER

Kingston 6