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Leave gays alone

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Are homosexuals so destructive to the society that they now have the attention of everyone? Are homosexuals creating instability for the country's economy and the general public at large?

Are homosexuals murdering, torturing, and committing criminal offences in the name of gay rights? Clearly, this MUST be the rationale in the religious world behind this barrage of protests and opposition.

The Church rides the donkey as the moral compass for Jamaica, but only 'morally' speaks when it comes to issues of human rights of homosexuals. Never have I seen such a powerful organised and orchestrated movement by the Church as it relates to other pressing social issues.

The Church has an apparent intention to destroy the LGBT human rights initiative and subject homosexuals to second-class citizen status, having fewer rights than the majority.

Poverty, unemployment, crime and violence, a failing economy, and poor parenting, among others, threaten our very existence and need a holistic intervention, which very much includes the Church. Where is the Church in all this?

Just a few inches off the heels of Child Month and Jamaica's children have resorted to killing each other in their schools. Is the Church going to march and stand up against violence in schools? The Church remains silent, and has decided that the priority subject at hand is the retention of the sodomy law.

SOCIETY ALREADY INFILTRATED

Jamaica has gay politicians, teachers and private-sector leaders who proudly contribute to the Jamaican economy. Dare I say, many churches in Jamaica are (sometimes hypocritically) run by gay ministers - from the hills of St Andrew to the schemes in Hanover, they are there. From the pulpit of the Catholic sect to the spiritual movements of Revivalists and Apostolics, gays lead - yes, in Jamaica.

The good Bible, which is the tool for ALL Christians like myself, says in Mark 12:31, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Romans 13:10 says love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore, love is the fulfilment of the law. Also, I John 4:7: "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."

Are these scriptures not relevant when it comes to people of different sexual orientation?

JUMOKE S. PATRICK

jamokep@gmail.com