There is therefore now no condemnation ...
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The front page of The Gleaner published Monday, December 8, 2014 ('Righteous anger') was alarming.
I attended Sunday's service at Christ Church in Vineyard Town and this was not the first time that the topic of human rights was dealt with.
Admittedly, it was the first time that this group of individuals was highlighted, so I, too, was surprised. Father Sean Major-Campbell has often appealed to members to be caring, compassionate and respectful towards those different from us. I was taught these values as a child, so I easily related to his sermons.
He has asked us not to be hypocritical Christians [my words], but, instead, we should strive to be more Christlike in our outlook and actions.
More than once during Sunday's service, Father Sean asked the congregation if there were any"questions or comments".
One man asked why we were dealing with these sexual matters instead of with other marginalised groups like"street people". Father responded that he often deals with those other issues. Ironically, there was one such 'street person' seated as a member of the congregation immediately behind the questioner.
The most touching moment for me was when the transvestite spoke to the congregation. Like many people, my idea of a transvestite was the 'Hollywood-inspired' caricature with long, flowing hair, pouty red lips, and well-manicured nails. Imagine my surprise when this modestly dressed, articulate, young man went to the microphone. His humanity shone through brightly as he spoke of the struggle that he and his parents went through.
I certainly wouldn't suggest that anyone adopt any of the lifestyles highlighted on Sunday [Can anyone, in fact, adopt a sexual orientation that is at variance with the one with which one was born?]
I neither saw nor heard any comments of disgust or condemnation during the refreshments after service.
Unlike the persons with whom The Gleaner spoke, I will not hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
SONIA KING (JP)
Proud Member of Christ Church