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Church should have marched for reparations

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

On Sunday, September 27, nearly 20,000 flag-waving Jamaicans massed in Half-Way Tree to demand the retention of the 1864 British colonially imposed anti-buggery law.

This congregation of souls was meant to warn the visiting British PM against suggesting that we repeal his country's legacy statute. After all, nothing says Jamaican independence like a foreign law.

The irony is compounded since England scrapped this law five years after giving us Independence, but we desperately cling to it as a sign of our sovereignty! In fact, the anti-buggery edict enjoys almost the same level of constitutional protection as our very British Queen, whose daughter we also hosted with great ceremony within a week of their PM.

Irony aside, there were many pressing issues for which we could have rallied Jamaicans as a show of support for our leaders as they negotiated with the British PM on home ground.

 

misguided protest

 

These include an unequivocal apology and reparations for the cruel atrocities of British slavery, which still negatively impact our country and for which his own ancestors were handsomely rewarded. Instead, some misguided religious groups chose to focus on protesting Mr Cameron's protections for LGBTI people.

There can be no clearer indication of these fundamentalists' perversely misplaced priorities. Their fixation on policing the private lives of consenting adults reveals a truly unhealthy obsession with sex. This is to the exclusion of real bread-and-butter issues that impact the life of the nation.

Sadly, the fact that some Jamaicans could expend significant time and resources to condemn a minority group must make us the laughing stock of global leaders, and possibly explains why Mr Cameron could get away with telling us to just get over slavery. That human-rights tragedy certainly didn't seem like a priority for the protesters on the 27th!

MAURICE TOMLINSON

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Montego Bay, St James