'What happened to intellectual freedom?'

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THE University of the West Indies (UWI) has come in for severe criticisms from Jamaica Observer online readers over its sacking of Professor Brendan Bain as head of the Regional Co-ordinating Unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network. The university's decision on Tuesday came amidst pressure from several regional lobby groups who took issue with Prof Bain's expert testimony in a constitutional challenge brought by a gay Belizean man against that country's criminal code in September 2010. The noted professor had testified that the risk of contracting HIV was significantly higher among men who have sex with men. However, Observer readers are largely of the view that Prof Bain's intellectual freedom has been breached. Here are some edited comments:


This is damn fooolinish! So, because you do not like the testimony because it does not argue for the law to be changed, you [throw] di man unda di bus?

Fabian Williams

UWI is a disgrace. It sided with its homosexual financiers in the USA and villified a decent human being for speaking the truth. We need to stand up to Carolyn Gomes and her posse of external financiers.


The power of gays is amazing. They have anal-ysed the situation and recognise that we are all weak.


This just shows how irrelevant UWI has become. Why would they want to stoop so low and disrespect such an esteem professor? What happened to intellectual freedom? I encourage UWI to do the right thing and give the man his job back now!


This injustice must not be allowed to go unchallenged; all brave and decent Jamaican must rise up and defend Professor Bain.

kgn 13 yute

Reasonable, unbiased and to the point reasons why he must not hold the post. Free will/ freedom of choice is for all humans.


So his opinion is valid as fact but he is being sacked for saying so.

nev roberts

...Mr Bain provided the facts as they are. Any fact about any issue will fall in some group or category of people. Must that fact be dismissed because it singled you out?


Professor Brendan Bain stated a fact about the high risk of HIV between (MSM) and was sacked. It seems the gays have more rights than straight people now. When straight people voiced their opinion the gays want them to shut up, and at the same time they want to be heard. They're getting support from people in high places why they are getting so powerful...

Politico Comentator

It seems the homosexuals are the only ones who have rights. Dr Bain has lost his right to speak the truth. I do not hear him asking for homosexuals to be stoned to death, all he did was to offer a factual testimony on the ills of MSM. Why seek to kill him, if this is not factual, then provide a counter argument... Dr Bain has not lost any credibility, but UWI has. SHAME on them!


This is outright rubbish, is this what jfj stands for? We are embarking on a very dangerous journey.


It's a sad day!


UWI is it this easy for you to stand up for gays n lesbians? What happen to those who do not support that lifestyle? Who is going to stand for us? Absolute shame, shame, shame on you, UWI!

Shirley Holness

So very sad and astonishing that he was sacked for his professional opinions. And to make matters worse, it would appear that this decision was embraced and accommodated because it was requested by the gay organisation.


Personally I have no issue with gays My problem is them trying to force their lifestyle on others. Why? It reminds of people who are doing something wrong and are trying to justify what they are doing as right so they keep trying to convince others.


The management of UWI should be fired. What an utter disgrace! A corruption of principles from the leading university in the Caribbean! The gay agenda has UWI in its rear pocket.

Roderick Hewitt

This issue has very little to do with human rights or scientific rigour of a university professor. Rather, its all about money!


Mark my words, gays will be forcing Christians into the closet in the near future. What was done to this gentleman is unjust and unwarranted. The church seems to be silent on the issue. God help us.


What about freedom of speech ,idea ,opinion ? This is unjust to fire the Prof.!

Patrick Greenwood

Would we have been OK had the professor stated that inter-racial sex was wrong? Human rights have to be for everyone, not just people like us or those we approve of. I am glad to see that we are finally making some progress in the area of human rights for all


This man gave his life to helping GAYS and are punished by the same. How can one be allowed to say their opinion on or against politicians, gunmen, prostitutes, paedophile, rapists, robbers and all is well but NEVER DARE to utter a word against GAYS?


The correct move by UWI. This is not expert testimony, this is personal discriminatory bias and he should be removed from this position immediately.


He gave a FACT-based argument on the subject of anal sex. How is that homophobic?

Joel bookal

This is a disgrace to my country.


@Joel bookal: Hey, Jamaica belongs to gays too. I know that is hard for you to swallow but try to swallow it, the same you that you swallowed Portia's bitter medicine.


UWI made a bias decision!! Its obvious. Such shame!


It seems like gays are the only ones in the world who have opinion; these people try to stop entertainers from doing their trade and no one must say anything about it.


UWI is suppressing knowledge to protect funding.


This is a very slippery slope and a precedence that will have far reaching effects.


So the financial backers et al have forced out Prof Bain for his expert testimony that provided statistical facts, and that a certain group didn't want to hear. So it's time for the fight back. We, the taxpayers of this country, who support UWI financially, need to declare to the Government that it's time for our support to be withdrawn given their cowardly actions in this matter.

Tricia Grindley Brennan

This is outrageous. They are castigating one of the greatest contributors to this cause which will, quite frankly, compromise every, single advancement we have made. I am saddened.





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