News

Gays want to silence regional church leaders

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Organisers of the 'Intimate Conviction' conference series are urging Caribbean church leaders to exercise restraint, even if they express their opposition to ending laws that criminalise consensual same-sex intimacy.

In a statement, signed by Jamaican attorney Maurice Tomlinson, a leading gay rights and HIV activist in the Caribbean, the organisers said they were inviting the church leaders, “in response to heightened rhetoric by some Caribbean churches opposed to cases challenging anti-sodomy laws.

“As organisers of the Intimate Conviction conference series, we note, with alarm, the heightened and sometimes hostile anti-LGBT rhetoric that is being generated by some religious leaders across the Caribbean, which is in response to current and impending challenges to regional anti-sodomy laws.

“As people of faith, we believe that Christians should show the world how to respectfully disagree. We are, therefore, troubled that some of the language being used by clerics who oppose decriminalisation will incite violence against LGBT people,” the statement noted.

“In addition, we would like to invite persons, on whatever side of this debate, to join us for the next Intimate Conviction Conference from April 24 to 26, 2020 in Barbados,” the statement continued.

The organisers said that this global dialogue will continue to examine the role of churches in anti-sodomy laws that started with the first conference in Jamaica in 2017.

They said that any Christian leader from any denomination who wishes to make a presentation at this conference should contact Tomlinson, who is the coordinator of the conference, by November 22.

“We have a limited budget and can pay for some presenters to join us from outside of Barbados. So, we welcome robust and respectful regional deliberations on this matter,” the organisers added.

“As Caribbean Christians we pray that this public dialogue will help our region to achieve greater harmony and understanding and in the meantime, we urge careful and critical discussions of this very topical issue by all stakeholders.”

– Eyes on St Vincent as court prepares to rule on challenge to buggery laws - Page 8


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT