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Bugger off! Keep the law!

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2013 | 12:00 AM
A gay man is searched by a cop on Upper Lady Musgrave Road. Groups of gay men have been accused of wreaking havoc in New Kingston and its environs for more than a year. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Sean Major-Campbell, Guest Columnist

There may be some value in taking a break from the voice of reason. It is easier and much less demanding than having to think!

I am suggesting the following for a more peaceful Jamaica:

1. Keep the buggery law! Just ensure that heterosexuals are kept exempt.

2. Keep any law which ensures that molesting boys receives a lesser penalty than the molestation of girls. Serves these boys right in case they think of becoming buggers.

The Government should take immediate steps to enlist more crusaders in the fight against buggery. Look at the state of the justice system. Look at the challenges in the economy. Look at the challenges in the education arena. Look at the crime monster. Look at the daily cries for justice. The country needs to unite around one major issue right now!

JUST A DISTRACTION

One of the advantages of keeping this precious law in the forefront is its ability to keep the mind off other matters which people could be tempted to think are important! Vision 2030 and any hope for First World status hang on keeping the buggery law in place. Let's hear it for the buggery law!

This is the only way we are going to be able to show how holy we are as a people. God will love us more for it! Let all the pastors and members of parliament wear a 'keep that law' wrist bracelet. The Government of Jamaica must, of necessity, include in the school curriculum, as a matter of urgency, a thorough presentation on this law.

Civil servants should be made to sign a contract that under no circumstances will they disobey this law, which is so integral to the progress of our nation. Too much is at stake. People could end up becoming preoccupied with matters relating to manufacturing and production, in general, if they stop thinking about this law.

Then there is the whole matter of people wanting to get back to focusing on matters affecting the poor and underprivileged. Imagine all the time that may be wasted on joining cries for justice, representing children's issues, and worse - challenging our leaders to accountability!

Please, please, please let us keep the buggery law! Just accommodate the contingencies in 1 and 2 above. In recent times, we have heard so many accusations about the police not doing what they are supposed to do. This law presents an excellent opportunity for the police to show that they are effective law enforcers.

There is absolutely no reason why a responsible government should not be able to exercise the political will to equip police officers with flashlights and cameras. A daily update could be used to inform the public with regard to how many persons were arrested for buggery in the previous 24 hours. This would be such an effective deterrent to the breaking of the law.

IRRELEVANT TO DEVELOPMENT

I doubt many persons realised the ministry opportunities here for the Church. The police and the Church would work more together. Detainees could be granted bail on condition of a bracelet of sorts along with compulsory counselling which ensures a never-to-be-repeated offence.

I hear Dominica has done very well in keeping the law. More power to their development process! We need more law-centred societies and less grace-focused communities. Would that all Jamaicans stand up for the buggery law!

And when we overcome, let us change that line in our national anthem from "Justice, truth, be ours forever ..." to "Buggery law be ours forever, Jamaica, land we love." It actually sounds great. Hey, let us start singing it from now on!

Fr Sean Major-Campbell is an Anglican priest. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and seanmajorcampbell@yahoo.com.