Updated: December 13, 2010
The Nation newspaper recently revealed that a Cadres Poll conducted in 2004 showed that the vast majority of Bajans are tolerant or accepting of homosexuals. No wonder the poll was withheld from the public for six years. The social-engineering elites decided that citizens aren’t intelligent enough to deal with the truth about where they and the majority of their neighbours stand on same-sex love. Why the poll is being released now is as much a question as why it was hidden for six years – but that is a side issue.
True to the “conflict sells” tabloid journalism that we appreciate so much at BFP, when The Nation published their recent story about the hidden Cadres Poll, Homosexuality debate rages in Barbados, they also sought out a fire-breathing dragon of a Pastor for some comments.
Baptist minister Reverend Vincent Wood warned of homosexuals hiding everywhere: in government, church, education and the medical professions. According to Reverend Wood, homosexuals are “weeds” hiding amongst us, who entice “normal” people into sinful relationships to further their careers.
Hey… I’m just reporting what the good Minister said, hear? (That’s him in the photo above, courtesy of The Nation.)
Now… let it be known that I understand where the Reverend is coming from. I held his position up until about 15 years ago when a couple of life-changing events caused me to look at the world through different eyes. Nothing to do directly with homosexuals – I started to see the world differently when I began to think in terms of reality rather than the theoretical. Academics deal with theory. Realists deal with reality and I decided I’d throw in with the realists.
So I’d like to pose a question for Reverend Wood. Here it is…
Sir, you are now in charge of Dodds Prison. You have to decide whether or not to allow the issuing of condoms to prisoners. You don’t want to make condoms available because you believe that homosexual relationships are morally wrong and against the word of The Lord as revealed in the Bible.
BUT > you know that whether or not you issue condoms, men in Dodds Prison will have consensual sex – and if they don’t have access to condoms, people are going to get HIV, spread it through the prison population and on the island when they are released from prison. People are going to die.
Reverend Wood: you can prevent the deaths if you issue condoms to the inmates at Dodds.
What is your decision, Reverend Wood? This is no theory. This is reality. Whatcha gonna do?
Original article first published May 28, 2008…
Barbados Government Minister Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo Says Condoms Are A Valid HIV-AIDS Prevention Strategy For Everyone – Except For Men In Prison
The hypocrisy, lies and horse manure being spread by Dr. Byer-Suckoo and the Barbados Government would be humorous – except that real people are going to die because of it.
The truth is that the Government of Barbados does not wish to distribute condoms to the men in Dodds prison because homosexual sex is against the law in Barbados. The government cannot bring itself to distribute condoms in the prison knowing that the rubbers will be used by men for homosexual sex.
Nor can the government bring itself to legalise homosexual sex so that condoms could be made available to men in prison without any legal or political arguments about facilitating criminal behaviour.
That is the truth about why the government will not be distributing condoms to the prisoners.
But the dear doctor could not speak this truth – so she invented a lie, an excuse, some horse manure justification for the government’s decision to withhold condoms from prisoners.
Doctor Byer-Suckoo said that the government will not be distributing condoms in the prison because condoms are “not 100 per cent safe anyhow, as a cursory read of the packages would reveal.”
The government’s position on homosexual male sex in prison is that there are sometimes rapes and the prison authorities should do more to keep the rapists and the victims apart.
Better a lie to the public than to have to acknowledge the truth: Men have consensual sex with each other in prison – and the government’s decision to deny condoms to prisoners is responsible for the spread of disease and deaths.
Dodds is probably the major hot spot for transmission of HIV in the country.
Byer-Suckoo and her collegues in Government know that. But they would rather tell a lie than show real leadership. True, it is a no-win situation for any Barbados government – but we thought that Byer-Suckoo was made of better stuff.
So while Minister Byer-Suckoo and the Thompson Government recommend condoms for your grandmother (yes, that’s what Byer-Suckoo said) and acknowledge that condoms are a viable strategy (though not 100% effective) for the prevention of disease and pregnancy – they can’t bring themselves to tell the truth.
And that truth is that Byer-Suckoo and the government know their decision to withhold condoms from the male prison population will result in the spread of HIV amongst the prisoners and into the general population upon their release.
The Barbados Government’s decision will kill people. It is as simple as that.