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Warning! The 'rights' lobby will stop at nothing

Thursday, May 29, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

Arising from the firing of Brendon Bain by the University of the West Indies, I hope well-thinking Jamaicans wake up to the duplicitous and diabolic nature of the 'rights' advocates who hog column inches and airwaves spouting calls for justice and freedom of expression.

Bain's credentials and dedicated work have been without question over the years. No one has cited anything but the integrity and excellence of his work as the basis for him being entrusted with leadership of the US Government-funded, UWI-managed CHART Project.

Bain's credentials and dedicated work have been without question over the years. No one has cited anything but the integrity and excellence of his work as the basis for him being entrusted with leadership of the US Government-funded, UWI-managed CHART Project.

CHART, we understand, was set up to tackle the problem of providing effective health care to persons -- not just the LGBT community -- afflicted by HIV/AIDS. We have not heard of any failure on Bain's part to do his job. Yet, because he presented testimony, based on the findings of his work and independent research, in a Belizean court case which would have been considered inimical to the 'rights' advocates position Bain has been jettisoned by the capitulating university of weaklings and iconoclasts.

Well people, be warned. The 'rights' movement will stop at nothing in its efforts to silence empirical scientific evidence, hard-won freedoms or the common good. After all, their ilk have already questioned the basis for the police attempting to intervene in safeguarding the children of Western Kingston by way of a nightly curfew. Obviously, having children running loose late at night in a volatile environment is not a concern of these 'rights' advocates. There is no cause, no truth, no value as important as doing what is 'right' in their own eyes, and even if the university must shelve the bedrocks of its credibility and right to exist, in order to remain in their good books, the 'rights' movement and their benefactors will demand nothing less. In the Bain case, they have claimed a significant scalp -- the English-speaking Caribbean's premier institution for higher learning. A very sad day indeed.

E D Edwards

Kingston 19

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