Question for Bishop Seale: Why should Owen Arthur’s sin of adultery not be against the law like the sin of buggery?
Bajan opinion columns of late are full of righteous calls to hurl fire and brimstone down upon anyone suggesting that Barbados should remove the offense of buggery from the law. I’ll have to watch for the fire coming from above because a few years ago I decided that the views I’ve held all my life were incorrect. I was wrong. I now believe that our laws against buggery should be repealed.
The latest Bajan public focus on gay rights started with UK Prime Minister Cameron’s call to withhold foreign aid from countries like Barbados that have laws on the books against physical love between men.
After Cameron (and to the horror of righteous Bajans), Hillary Clinton then piled on like a mad woman in rugby scrum and announced that gay rights are human rights.
(On the other hand, Hillary never mentioned the sexual predation of young female interns by older males in positions of power or the abuse of good cigars, but who can blame her?)
To the far North, Canada already knows about homosexual oppression in Barbados because gay Bajans have been trying to claim refugee status in the land of snow for years – and in the USA.
People like Bishop Gerald Seale responded to calls for the legalization of buggery with arguments ranging from GOD SAYS gay love is a sin to HOW DARE Britain tell us what to do because they were involved in slavery. (Barbados Advocate: Dear PM Cameron)
I see a connection between slavery and gay rights, but probably not the one seen by the well-meaning but mistaken Bishop Seale. It is also interesting that folks are outraged about Britain and the USA proposing withholding foreign aid over a human rights issue when they were all for economic sanctions against racist apartheid South Africa.
Ahh… but those sanctions against South Africa were about black people – real human beings – not queers or “slitty-eyed” people as the Duke of Edinburgh once infamously described Chinese.
Queers, slitty-eyed Chinese – aren’t real people worthy of protection. As we’ve said before at BFP, you have to dehumanize people before you can abuse them.
That’s why Barbados supported the right of Iran to hang homosexuals and teenaged girls for having sex – homosexuals and Muslim women aren’t real people worthy of protection.
That’s why Barbados supported the right of Communists in China to slaughter tens of thousands, imprison Christians in slave camps and to kidnap pregnant women off the street, hold them down and force mothers to abort the living children in their wombs.
Human rights abuses against Slitty-eyed Chinese are fine. They are a lesser race, not fully human, so it’s okay. Besides, we need their tourism dollars.
Those Iranian homosexual teens and the Chinese women and their babies in the womb aren’t real people. Not like us. Not real human beings deserving of human rights.
Remove the law against buggery? NO WAY!
Buggery is a sin, don’t you know!
But what about Owen Arthur’s adultery?
What about adultery? Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is a famous adulterer. I’ve lost count of the wives, mistresses and children. In truth, he’s probably lost count too. There might even be one or two women and children out there that we haven’t heard about yet. But that’s Barbados and don’t say it isn’t so!
As I read the bible, there is no hierarchy of sins: all sin is bad. There’s even something in there about women loving women in the final days and people having sex with animals: just like on the websites associated with Barbados Minister of Health Donville Inniss.
Fortunately, I’m able to read the bible and realize that it was written in the context of the times. I’m able to know that it has been translated and re-translated and revised and books have been included then excluded then re-included over thousands of years.
I’m also able to think for myself to a certain extent. I love Jesus. I am Christian. I believe IN and also UPON Jesus… but I sure don’t accept everything some people say about their interpretation of Jesus just because they have some title behind their name that means they were indoctrinated in a certain perspective.
I remember the adulterous woman the crowd brought to Jesus and demanded that she be stoned. She was caught in the act, but the crowd didn’t bring the man, only the woman. That was an important part of the story. Read it for yourselves. (John 8:4-6)
What did Jesus do? He wrote in the dirt. I’d love to know what he wrote but we don’t know what it was. The crowd went away and Jesus said to the woman to sin no more. He didn’t tell the crowd to stone her which was what he “should” have done according to the law of the time.
Jesus put the doubt in my mind about our laws against homosexuals, but it was my friend George who forced me to really think and challenge what I’d been taught from my youth.
BFP’s George: God’s big mistake?
In relation to homosexuals, queers, gays whatever you want to call them… I held certain beliefs all my life, and then I met God’s big mistake: George.
George must be God’s mistake because he’s, well, different. You can tell that upon meeting George. I don’t think that God made a mistake though. I think that he made George as he intended George to be. Bishop Seale says that George made a choice to be attracted to men. That’s nonsense and anyone who knows George is aware of that.
“To make it even worse, Bajan commentators are proud of their bigotry; they haven’t even learned to copy the white supremacists and declare that some of their best friends are homos.”
B.C. Pires in The Nation It’s human rights!
Remember “The men in the cane” ?
For years I hated, really hated, homosexuals. I confused pedophilia with homosexuality because I was brought up being cautioned about “the men in the cane”.
The “men in the cane” existed, but some went after the school boys, and others went after the school girls.
Nature or nurture? Are gay men attracted to men because they make a choice, because they are preyed upon as young boys by adult gays?
Or, as I long refused to acknowledge: are some folks just born the way they are?
I say we have to repeal the laws against the sin of buggery… or we have to charge Owen Arthur with the sin of adultery.
Over to you, Bajan hypocrites…