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Anti-Church rant smacks of fascist arrogance

Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I write in response to Yohan Lee's letter titled 'Keep Church out of legislation' (Gleaner, October 21, 2014).

The author is clearly not informed about the workings of a plural democracy. Jamaica is neither a theocracy nor an atheistic state. Jamaican is a plural democracy whose laws are substantially constructed on the Judaeo-Christian world view. All laws must necessarily be constructed within some world view.

If the author, or anyone else, wishes policymakers to use another world view to make law in a plural democracy, the burden is on him to show that that world view will produce better outcomes for the common good.

Ideas must contend, and the way to defeat an idea is to present a better one. This Mr Lee does not.

Mr Lee clearly thinks there is no need for him to present such an analysis. Instead, he resorts to abuse. The tone of his letter indicates that he believes that based solely on who he is, his position is superior to that of the Church and must be adopted.

The writer's request to have the views of the Church - a large body of citizens - removed from discussion on public policy, and his self-acknowledged superior intellectual approach imposed on public policy, smacks of arrogance and fascism. This fascist approach to public policy is no surprise and is typical of the LGBT agenda.

Jamaicans, beware, take sleep and mark death.