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Anglican priest washes the feet of lesbian... demands respect for human rights

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

An Anglican priest this morning washed the feet of a Jamaican lesbian as part of a service calling for the Church to be more forthright in its demand for the recognition and respect of human rights for all. 




Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell conducted the ritual at the Christ Church in Vineyard Town, where he is also the Rector. 



The service, dubbed 'In celebration of human rights', was attended by several of Jamaica's leading human rights groups and advocates. 



As part of what was termed 'the expression of love and Christian service', Father Major-Campbell washed the feet of Jalna and Rochelle, who were identified as lesbians and allowed a testimonial from 'F.J.'- a transgendered male. ‎



In a wide-ranging sermon, he asserted that the first quarter of this century in Jamaica will be characterised by what he termed a quarrel on human rights and sexuality. 



The priest noted that this is taking place in a society that is divided and fractured, declaring that only confusion can result from such a situation.



Major-Campbell criticised the Church, claiming that the powerful institution has not done enough to safeguard and advocate for the human rights of marginalised groups in society.



According to the Anglican clergyman, the Church's voice must become louder in forcing the State to do its job in protecting the right to life for all members of the society. ‎



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