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Endgame - politico-sexual chess

Published:Friday | June 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

By Peter Espeut

One of the most valuable things I learnt in high school was the strategic game of chess. The best chess players think four, five, six and more moves ahead, predicting what their opponent is going to do. The great chess players - the grand masters - can play 20 or 30 games (opponents) simultaneously, walking from board to board making their moves - and win most, if not all.

Chess has always been seen as a proxy for military tactics and political machinations. All of us in Jamaica are being forced to play several different chess games at the same time, usually as pawns, but sometimes we may have a greater role.

In a classical chess endgame, when only a few pieces are left on the board, the pawns have greater value than in the middle-game or at the start. Pawns advanced to the other end of the board can be changed into any powerful piece the player chooses, and that promoted pawn can be the difference between winning and losing. Good chess players try not to throw the game away at the beginning or in the middle, and try not to sacrifice too many pawns; for it is the endgame that is really important.

In chess, the king must be protected at all costs, and the queen, the most powerful piece, is positioned next to the king to defend him. Next to the royal couple are the bishops, representing the power of the Church; and next to them are the knights, representing the security forces, which have unusual ways of operating - not straight at all - and are dangerous pieces.

At the corners anchoring the board are the castles, representing the moneyed classes, including the mass media; their power - exceeded only by the queen's - is never to be underestimated in the game of war and politics.

The battle being fought in Belize and Jamaica to repeal the buggery laws is the opening gambit of the gay lobby; but like good chess players, we must look several moves ahead to their endgame. The gay agenda - their game plan - is the normalisation of homosexuality, which has several implications for the very structure of society itself. Not satisfied with 'civil unions' - legal recognition of same-sex partnerships - they wish their unions to be called "marriage", an ancient social institution which, in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, comprises one man and one woman.

Redefining marriage automatically redefines the family, the building block of society. The endgame is to build a new Jamaica, to fly a new Jamaican Flag (J-FLAG).

So the middle-game strategy of the gay lobby is to attack the bishops (and the clergy) and to destroy the influence of the Church. (An important strategy is for the gay lobby to get their own bishops, to create their own church, their own religion).


Part of the middle-game strategy of the gay lobby is to co-opt the human rights lobby groups to their cause by claiming rights that don't exist. This devalues these human-rights lobby groups and compromises the already difficult struggle for genuine human rights.

Money talks, and the gay lobby becomes powerful when it becomes part of the moneyed classes and co-opts the mass media into its cause. Being able to influence the queen is also important (becoming a queen helps).

The great castle of North Street has come out strongly in support of the gay agenda by uncritically supporting their endgame. In its editorial of June 5, 2014, The Gleaner admits no middle ground. The union between two men or two women must be called 'marriage'.

Referring to the Constitution of Jamaica, the editor of The Gleaner asserted yesterday that "Section 18 represents an assault on the principle of equality of people; people's right to forge relationships, especially when the exercise of those rights does not impinge on the rights of others; and their right to equal protection under the law." Section 18 of the Jamaican Constitution defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and says nothing about anyone's "right to forge relationships" or anyone's "right to equal protection under the law".

I don't know what kind of new Jamaican this new Gleaner of 2014 is seeking to grow. But a word to the wise: in the endgame, beware of the powerful pawns.

Peter Espeut is a sociologist and Roman Catholic deacon. Email feedback to