If Jamaica’s church leaders are to be believed, they are ready to go to jail to prevent their government from changing the colonial-era “anti-buggery” laws.
Tens of thousands showed up recently at a public rally billed to “defend family, faith and freedom,” organized by Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (Jamaica C.A.U.S.E.). Representatives from other Caribbean islands were also present.
They rally’s attendees were steadfastly opposed to what they see as a modern-day imperialist plot to impose same-sex marriage in a country that proudly has more churches per square mile than any other nation in the world.
The inspiration of Martin Luther King Jr. was invoked as a man who opposed unjust laws and went to jail for his beliefs. Jamaica’s Christian soldiers should get ready to do the same, the rally’s leaders said. By videotape, MLK’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, reminded the thousands who showed up that King was for the family and lived for “God’s truth.” “Do not fall for the anti-procreation agenda” coming from America, she implored the crowds.
Speaker after speaker intoned that homosexuality is unnatural, that sex and marriage is about procreation, and on that basis, same-sex marriage should be opposed. Same-sex marriage would destroy the family and destroy the Christian nation that is Jamaica, they said.
To be fair, the local inflammatory word for homosexuals, “battyman,” was never used. The rally’s speakers said there should be no violence against gays—that they were God’s children—but that their homosexual agenda must be opposed. It’s a line that American evangelicals often take as well: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
U.S. President Barack Obama was flayed as a disappointment to the black race for his supposed advocacy of the homosexual agenda. Outrage was also expressed at his special envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, Randy Berry, who came to Jamaica to discuss LGBT rights with the government.
Also condemned was Obama’s British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron, who arrives in Jamaica this week. Cameron’s message of toleration for homosexuality should be rejected, the rally’s leaders said, adding that the rights of the church will be undermined. Nor should Jamaicans be intimidated by threats to withhold funds in order to impose the “LGBT agenda,” they said. It is following God’s Word that will save the nation, not money, not even the IMF. A revival will come.
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Lloyd D’Aguilar