THE EDITOR, Sir:
I write concerning the article ('A professor's trial), the issue of Sunday, May 18, 2014 regarding Professor Brendan Bain.
Your contribution to this issue is important, since many persons are now concerned that a new McCarthyism may now be operating in Jamaica to purge academia and the public service of those who respectfully speak the truth about the health risks of men who have sex with men (MSM).
The reading public would no doubt be interested in the answers to the following questions. I believe a free and fair press ought to seek such answers from those who demand or try to institute punishment for Professor Bain.
1. Is there any evidence of academic misbehaviour or dishonesty on the part of the professor? What is the evidence of lack of 'integrity in word and work'?
2. Where is the conflict between discouraging a course of action and caring for those who are adversely affected by their involvement in said activity?
3. If his report was false, what is the truth about the risks to which he alluded?
4. Has Professor Bain ever discriminated against MSM in the three decades over which he has cared for their health?
5. Will support for the LGBT agenda now be a requirement for employment in the UWI?
The lesson to be learnt from the treatment of Professor Bain is that stigma is never eliminated from society, merely reassigned.
Mona, Kingston 7