Sat | Apr 21, 2018

Anderson ban smacks of censorship

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As an active Christian and youth leader, I am greatly disturbed by the news of the Government's directive of barring of the Arizona pastor from visiting the island to preach the gospel.

My main concern is the global trend of censorship of anyone who even simply points out that homosexuality is one of the sins for which repentance is needed. Several other countries like Sweden and Canada have gone down this dark road, with pastors being even brought to trial, using the term 'hate speech' simply because they called homosexuals, just as adulterers, thieves, and murderers, to repentance.

While I do not agree with the minister on some points as to the Bible, what alarms me is that having listened some of the pastor's own videos first-hand, many allegations I have read in the print media against him do not match up with statements I heard him say. He specifically stated time and again that he does NOT believe citizens should take matters into their own hands and kill anyone, nor be viigilantes.

The pastor's own Facebook account and videos on the Jamaica missions trip never even hinted at touching any issues related to any of the other allegations contained in the petition to ban his entry. So, why did our security ministry believe that his four-day mission would not be "conducive to the current climate" in Jamaica? How can anyone fight against the gospel of God?

Do not try to lead Jamaica down the road of Sodom and Gomorrah. I do pray that the Government will not bow to pressure from secular groups.

Every one of us - homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or straight - needs to hear the message of repentance of whatever sins we commit.

CRISTIANA FIEL

christ.the.1way@gmail.com