Who is the real crybaby?

Monday, October 21, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Where competing views on a subject matter are allowed to contend it can seem like a noisy marketplace. Such is the case at times with democracy.

The beauty about having a place like the MoBay Cultural Centre, or a space on the opinion pages of a major publication is that these rival views might get an opportunity to be heard without one seeking to drown out or squash the other.

When I read a letter to the editor written by “Disgruntled” that 'Crybaby gays should stay in the closet' I wanted to learn and appreciate the perspective the writer was expressing. Sadly, I saw no critical analysis of the issues. The writer spoke about the woe that has befallen “normal straight people” and that “gays are infringing on my rights and I am offended”. Pray tell, what rights have been infringed? Your right to freedom of expression is alive and well. It is protected by the constitution. The same constitutional right applies to all people without any threshold test of “normalcy” that the writer would have imposed.

When the disgruntled writer, and others who are part of a majority group, believes all matters of civil discourse must accord to a single belief, he/she is, in fact, undermining the very basis of democratic freedoms.

It is how the majority treats with the minority views, however unpopular, that is the real test of our constitutional rights. It is a healthy sign that favours our democratic rights when the Supreme Court rejected the weak and specious arguments of the mayor of Montego Bay and his counsel and granted the interim order to Maurice Tomlinson of Montego Bay Pride.

So to “Disgruntled”, I say, you are the real crybaby here. Come back with better arguments when you've changed your diaper and developed some emotional competencies.

More importantly, no one should ever deny your right to express your view.

Tulip Reid

lipsync@hotmail.com


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