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Gregory deals body blow to democracy

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Buggery is perfectly legal in many parts of the world, where all and sundry who are minded to practise it can do so in safe havens. Therefore, to also make it legal here in Jamaica makes me suspect that there is more than meets the eye; and that there is a global carte blanche push for the embrace of sodomy worldwide, despite its known health effects.

In the Sunday Gleaner of July 23, head of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Bishop Howard Gregory, while advocating freedom for buggery to a parliamentary committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act, ironically stated that his views were personal, even though Gleaner writers Arthur Hall and Jovan Johnson put his comments squarely under the banner of his church where he is an influential bishop.

As though that was not enough, Gregory now puts the Andrew Holness Government in a scary position when he states that a referendum on the issue is a waste of time. Baiting a single-seat majority Jamaican Government in this way, and disregarding all our strong and deeply rooted democratic traditions on the eve of our independence, is for me among the most frightening if it goes unnoticed.

A word to the wise is sufficient.

Derrick D. Simon

derrickdsimon@yahoo.com