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Friday, September 24, 2010

Stand Up To Violence


I'm sick and tired of the religious hypocrisy, ignorant comments and downright bankruptcy of our sense of compassion, as a society; you don't have to accept something in order to understand and sympathise with a cause.

Since when does it become acceptable for a lesbian or lesbians to be raped so that they may be 'corrected' and 'cured' of their lesbianism? Since when is it ok for the compassionate Christian nation to agree that raping of lesbians is ok, that the killing of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders ok, that threatening, verbally abusing, and assaults is ok, in the name of God? What kind of God agrees with these things? How can anyone justifiably argue that that is ok? How much further down can this nation go?


Today there was a STAND UP TO VIOLENCE at Emancipation Park, complete with rainbow flags, the Jamaican flag, and placards. Several human rights organizations took part. Of course you expect the rhetoric of Bible quoting to take place, which did occur, to the amusement of some of the participants (not on a point 

of irreligiously but on the picky chosey nature of condemnations from the OT-Old Testament- and NT-New Testament-). There were not as many participants as had been anticipated- due to the rain-, but it was over all a productive day.


The news was reported on On The Ground News Reports, a screen shot of comments can be seen below

















These are just some of the comments the rest can be seen by visiting On The Ground News Reports facebook page here.


The official press release from JLAG is below, and may also be seen here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

J-FLAG & Human Rights Activists call for an end to violence against LGBT Community

Kingston --- September 24, 2010


Despite calls for tolerance by our religious, political and social leaders, attacks against Jamaica's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population continue unabated. The latest such attacks occurred this September when knife wielding thugs carried out 'corrective rapes' of two lesbians in separate incidents within days of each other.


In response to these most recent attacks and the seeming inability or unwillingness of the nation's political leaders to curb them, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) and its human rights allies held a 30 minutes silent 'Stand Up to Violence' in front of Emancipation Park on Friday, September 24, 2010 which began at 7:40am.

Dane Lewis, Executive Director of J-FLAG, hailed the event as a success despite the delayed start because of the rain. This was also measured by the broad based support received from numerous allies & agencies, including Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, members of Jamaicans for Justice, Pride in Action, Women for Women, Sex Work Association of Jamaica, Sunshine Cathedral Jamaica, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and AIDS Free World.

International defence attorney Lord Anthony Gifford, QC, noted that "the issue of violence against gays and lesbians is a human rights issue and I was taking a stand to support that as it is important to keep the issue of rights in the public's consciousness." Susan Goffe, member of Jamaicans For Justice, said "it is important to understand the effect of homophobic rhetoric and the feeling that it is alright to target members of the LGBT community. The state must clearly illustrate by its action that it defends and protects the rights of women and this includes all women regardless of their sexuality. The acts against these women should unambiguously be condemned."

Participants held up placards which read 'Gay or Straight, Let's all Tolerate', 'Gays have Rights,' and 'Stop the Hate Before It's Too Late', 'Live and Let Love', 'Equal Rights & Justice' and 'Out of Many One People'.

While pointing to the need for strong action to be taken against gender based violence in any form, Programme Manager at Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, Ivan Cruickshank appealed to all well thinking Jamaicans to join in promoting and protecting the rights of all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.


The following persons may be contacted for an interview:

Susan Goffe – 815-3648

Dane Lewis – 978-8988/ 875-2328



Dane Lewis
Executive Director
Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays – J-FLAG
Tel/ Fax: (876)978-8988
Website: http://www.jflag.org/
email: admin@jflag.org













3 comments:

  1. Since human being went against the Way/Truth/Life/Light(the Most High Spirit/Most High God), human has not been its original self. Salvation is returning to the original self/spirit God manifested in the beginning of creation. God made man, then woman. Male and female is creation balance. True salvation is to return to this balance. Spirits/realms of people are passed down through their lineage. So anything impure (anything different from the original) will pop up/appear in some offspring down the line. You are here to clean your line via cleaning your self/spirit. The purpose of life is to return your spirit to the original spirit - the Most High God(Pure Spirit). Homosexuality/sodomy[oral & anal sex, beastiality (sex with animals)] is imbalance/iniquity of mind & spirit. The human vagina was ordained for the human penis; the human penis was ordained for the human vagina. Sex physically is penis & vagina. The mouth, tongue, and the anus were not ordained by the Most High (the builder/rightful owner of the bodies) for sex pleasure. Penis and vagina were. Every body is a body. No body made any other body. God made the bodies - male & female. Sin is confusion, illusion (deceit), corruption, imbalance of mind/spirit.

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  2. Homosexuality is a result of the flesh(carnal) mind. It is not the result of the pure spiritual mind/heart. The relationship of brother & brother, sister & sister is not to become a sexual one. We are all brothers & sisters, being originally children of the Most High God(Spirit). When it comes to sexualality, a brother is to take a sister that's not from his own immediate family line, and make her his wife. No man is to sex another man; no woman is to sex another woman. That is madness. Madness just like oral and anal sex between man and woman. If people truly love God & Christ(the Spirit of God in Man), they are to see life in the first ancient way in every way of life.

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  3. WTF anyway Admin why the text is so spaced?

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