Blame US for first error
THE EDITOR, Sir:
With regard to Gordon Robinson's column 'Marlene Malaprop's self-flagellation' (Gleaner, June 22, 2016), I must ask the author if he wouldn't agree that it is the United States Embassy that first erred by making it about gays rather than just plain, simple human lives? Some of the people murdered and injured weren't even gay!
It's not as if the rainbow flag was previously hoisted and was now being lowered to honour the victims. It was added without any consideration for the laws and culture of the country where the embassy is based.
Yes, I agree that the law is archaic, stupid, draconian and has no business on the books of any modern, intelligent society, but until it's repealed (something we should all fight for), I don't think the AG did anything terribly wrong for her to be so lambasted! If anything, I think the embassy's shove-it-in-your-face behaviour needs to be looked at. It shows somewhat of a lack of respect for the sovereignty of Jamaica and its laws. The US is obligated to honour them.
Until any law is repealed, our attorney general is obligated to uphold and honour them as well. The energy that's being put into lambasting her should instead be focused on repealing the law in question.
While her tweet may have been petty and ill-timed, I don't see where she did anything wrong!