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Peter Espeut | Fake news and the gay agenda

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Why won't LGBTQI activists debate their agenda in an intelligent logical manner? Every time someone challenges their standpoints, they respond with personal attacks, verbal abuse, and name-calling.

M.K. Mukulu calls me a bigot (Gleaner, April 28, 2018), while Maurice Tomlinson's column (Gleaner, May 2, 2018) asks, 'Why is Peter Espeut so anal?' Considering Tomlinson's orientation, I fear that readers might view the headline, which wasn't his, as an expression of endearment!

It is clear to me that LGBTQI activists can't debate because their positions are based on fake news and shoddy logic. I am going to outline some of their arguments as I understand them, with my critique, and I challenge all comers to rebuttal.

1. Gay people are born that way, just like some people are born with black skin. Therefore, being gay is normal and natural, and should not be criminalised." Fake news!

To successfully argue that gay people are born that way, you would have to show a genetic origin for homosexuality. Over many years, scientists have been searching frantically for the gay gene, to no avail. The phenomenon of epigenetics won't help, for that posits environmental causes for gay behaviour, rather than a genetic source.

2. Being gay is not a choice, therefore gay people must have been born that way. Who would choose to be gay in Jamaica, knowing the anti-gay position of most Jamaicans? Fake news and shoddy logic!

The claim that it is either 'choice' or 'birth' is a false dichotomy; there are other more reasonable options. The one I support is that LGBTQI persons are socialised into their same-sex attractions by their domestic environment; just as in some countries, residents feel it is 'normal' to eat snails, lizards and ants because of socialisation, gay persons are socialised to feel that same-sex attraction is 'normal'. The scientific literature supports this view.

3. Having a buggery law breaches my constitutional right to privacy. The Government must not be peeping into people's bedrooms. People must be free to do what they wish in the privacy of their bedrooms. Fake news and shoddy logic!

The right to privacy does not mean that people are free to do what they wish in the privacy of their bedrooms.

Lotto scammers cannot do their thing in the privacy of their bedrooms, nor can paedophiles or rapists.

The constitutional right to privacy protects people against unreasonable searches, and against extrajudicial seizure of their property.

Gay people have the same right to privacy as everyone else in Jamaica.

Anyone who claims that the buggery law breaches their right to privacy is either legally illiterate or dishonest. Yet this catchy but meaningless slogan is a favourite of gay advocates, like the editor of this newspaper.

4. Having a buggery law breaches my constitutional right to equality before the law. Heterosexuals have the right to have sex their way, so we homosexuals must have the right to have sex our way. That is equality before the law. Fake news and shoddy logic!

The constitutional right to equality before the law is the principle that each human being is subject to the same laws of justice.

Gay people are subject to the same laws and due process as everyone else in Jamaican society. Gay activists want it to mean that all types of sex must be legally identical, which again is legal illiteracy.

I challenge Tomlinson, Mukulu and anyone else to engage me in debate on the above issues. Don't talk about the Catholic Church and paedophile priests, or call me a bigot; that's obfuscation.

- Peter Espeut is a sociologist and Roman Catholic deacon. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com.