THE EDITOR, Sir:
IF THE people in the video demanding the lynching of an individual on the University of Technology campus, who they alleged was involved in sexual act, represent the future of Jamaica then we are in a desolate place. Higher education imparts advanced knowledge and skills, develops your character and also enhances your self-esteem. You would be in a better position to make more informed decisions and bring about a great difference in your life. Watching these people at an institution reminds me of the lynch mob during Jim Crow.
My disgust is with the political directorate who remained silent on the lynching of members of the gay community, in particular the Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica. Mrs Simpson Miller, you are leader of the party of Michael Manley; this icon is best remembered for his relentless effort to address social justice.
The right to life, liberty and equal protection under the law is enshrined in the Constitution of Jamaica. Furthermore, Jamaica is a signatory to the United Nations Charter of Human Rights. If you cannot stand up for the most vulnerable in the society then Jamaica should remove its name from that document. Mrs Simpson Miller, if you are too timid or lack the political will to tackle big issues then you must resign because you have compromised the values and principles of the People's National Party.
The most homophobic country in the Western Hemisphere is not a label that Jamaica should be wearing as a badge of honour; it brings shame on the good name of the country. The Church is one of the organisations that are bringing shame on the country. Its silence is deafening when the most vulnerable is attacked, but it is vocal on issues of gambling. The Church has lost it moral compass; this silence is the antithesis of the values and principles espoused by the man the Church preached about.
We are living in a global village and the world is watching, and the image out there does not speak volumes of this nation. We need to grow and respect the rights of all people; we are living in a multicultural and diverse world.
Editor's note: An alliance of local church groups denounced the attack on the UTech student.
Clive George Mortley
The right of all individuals to live in peace and security is the basis of any civilized society.
To say the Church did not speak out on the Utech matter is not correct ! Yes the church will never be good enough until it embrace the lifestyle of certain people. Is that what the Church was commissioned to do ,or the Church is supposed to teach people God's ways ?
The Christian Churches will come under increased pressure in years to come . Will other religions be pressures in like fashion to bend likewise ?
The incident at Utech was unacceptable,but Jamaica is what it is today .
We know that outside,people are not keen when ordinary Jamaicans are mobbed or murdered,but just say the word '' Gay bashing .''and the whole world is down the throat of Jamaica,denouncing it as this and that !
We should hope that the world cares about the thousands of ordinary Jamaicans that are murdered and the many other female and children who are raped and molested as much as the immediate attention,once you hear the word '' Gay .''
The safety of all Jamaicans should be the concern of enforcement in Jamaica. Bad as Jamaica many seem,being a poor black nation,there are wealthy nations where you can't approach them with any such thing !
Right in the middle east ,some countries won't even permit the discussion of some life styles.
Yes Jamaica is bad but,we are trying and we want everyone to live in peace.
I can bet when the prime minister goes abroad ,before they ask her about the suffering and poor living conditions of many ordinary Jamaicans they will greet her with some question about Gay life style as they did with Mr Golding on BBC.
and we really don't want anyone to be harmed .
Yes the University needs to train the students to be tolerant,but what more can they do ?
Some equal outrage at the rape and murder of ordinary Jamaicans would be in order too.