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The true face of intolerance

Published:Saturday | July 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir;

I fear that Dr Kei Miller, in his letter titled 'Ja's bigotry and Daley's shocking gaffe' (July 17, 2014), is not only a poor student of history but has also fallen into his own trap of intolerance.

To compare a peaceful gathering of thousands of Jamaicans (not just Christians by the way) in Half-Way-Tree to Hitler's Nazi soldiers "marching for their bigotry" is not only malicious and dishonourable but ill-informed.

Hitler swiftly killed or sent to concentration camps those who disagreed with him (which, by the way, included many Christians, a group which Dr Miller selectively left out of his list of persons persecuted under Nazi Germany). As far as I know, Jamaica is still a democratic country, and freedom of speech and freedom of religion are still enshrined in our Constitution. It is precisely because Jamaicans have become aware that these very freedoms are under threat that they rallied in their thousands to the CAUSE. .

With the benefit of hindsight, many watchful Jamaicans have observed that countries which allow their buggery or sodomy laws to be removed soon begin to experience a subsequent steady erosion of the above-mentioned freedoms, as well as a loss of freedom of conscience, loss of parental rights, and pressure to legalise same-sex unions. The reason for this is that, contrary to what some people think, these buggery laws are not just outdated cosmetic laws but boundary laws which set out what is legally permissible and what is not.

Under these laws, all sexual behaviours are not equal but some are aberrant and deemed unwholesome for human flourishing. Once they are repealed, all sexual behaviours become equal, and any expression to the contrary then becomes illegal, is deemed hate speech and is not tolerated.

Does all this sound far-fetched and alarmist? This is easily verifiable by investigating via the Internet an ever-increasing body of cases in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. People in those and other countries have paid the price for LGBT intolerance by the loss of their jobs and businesses because they have refused to accommodate within their businesses/jobs certain behaviours and lifestyles which would go against their consciences and their religion (e.g., Bernard Eichmann, USA), the Bulls (UK), Chick-Fil-A (USA), Kwabena Peat (UK), Lillian Ladele (UK); and many more.

Even Jamaica has not been spared this intolerance towards free speech by the gay lobby as witnessed by the treatment meted out to our very own Queen Ifrica and Professor Brendan Bain.

So shame on you, Dr Miller for exhibiting such intolerance. Not allowing free speech is what is intolerant.

CAROLE BRIDGE

Kingston 8

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