Over 20,000 Jamaicans attend church-led rally against LGBTI agenda

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The estimated crowd of 25,000 packed Half Way Tree square for close to four hours.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday June 30, 2014, CMC – Over 20,000 people gathered on Sunday afternoon at a mass rally organized by church groups under the umbrella of the newly formed civil society group – Jamaica CAUSE.

The estimated crowd of 25,000 packed Half Way Tree square for close to four hours to take a stance against what has been described as the push by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community to victimize those who speak out against its agenda.

Jamaica Cause was established following the removal of Professor Brendan Bain as Director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network.

This came in the wake of his appearance on behalf of a church group in a high profile case involving a gay man in Belize.

Organisers of the rally have described Sunday’s event as a historic and defining moment.

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“The cause was to educate persons and generally advocate a position in favour of the retention of the buggery law and as a push back against the LGBTI agenda, we really want to reorganize society to say that all sexual expression is free and to punish those who say otherwise. I think that Jamaica and Jamaicans are generally going to have to take note of what happened in Half Way Tree,” said Helene Coley Nicholson of the Jamaica CAUSE Secretariat.

“Our emancipation means standing up for strong families, our emancipation means standing against the homosexuality agenda, emancipation for us means standing up against the repealing of the buggery law,” said Alvin Bailey, Chairman of the rally.

Children’s advocate, Betty-Ann Blaine appealed to the crowd to encourage children to return to Sunday School. “Jamaica’s children belong to Jesus”.

“These folks are not interested in people like me … it’s the children they are after. The battle is about your child. Let us declare again that Jamaica belongs to Jesus,” she said.

At the end of the rally, volunteers from CAUSE invited persons to sign a petition against the repealing of the buggery law which will then be sent to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

The majority of those attending the rally arrived in a motorcade which started at the main gate of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.

The university has been the target of weeks of protest, sparked by the dismissal of Bain, which has since been put on hold, in keeping with a court injunction. It awaits a court hearing of the case brought by Bain, challenging the decision of the university to dismiss him as Director of CHART.

  • just cool

    It would make more sense for the church to rally against crime rather than what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home. The case where the mother and daughter were beheaded was barbaric – cases like this facilitate decreased tourism and Jamaica being perceived as a crime ridden destination where henious crimes are perceived as acceptable. The church would do better to take a stand against such behaviour. How about the church do a rally about the unnecessary loss of life in Jamaica in support of those that have lost their lives and their loved ones. Instead of obsessing about gay people wanting our children why not embark on activity to support young people so they don’t join gangs. Arguably, I doubt anyone who had a choice would choose to be gay in homophobic Jamaica so the church is likely to have little impact. People can however choose not to join a gang or participate in mindless violence if supported and perhaps the church should seek to influence what can be changed. By the way, the media has a part to play, 20,000 people is less than 1 per cent of the population the rally therefore hardly sends an overwhelming message.

    • Equality

      I agree. Totally ridiculous! Thee are far more important things to rally against.

  • Reality ‘Cheque’

    Homo-sexuality is anti-life. Plain and simple. I don’t care what people do in their private lives, but the disgusting habits people take part in, behind closed doors, should stay a secret. If I were having sex with dogs in private, why would I want the general public to be comfortable with it?

  • Reality ‘Cheque’

    Homo-sexuality is anti-life. Plain and simple. I don’t care what people do in their private lives, but the disgusting habits people take part in, behind closed doors, should stay a secret. If I were having sex with dogs in private, why would I want the general public to be comfortable with it?

    • Glad that made sense to you

  • fiddell69 .

    Crazy people.

    Many of our prejudices, bigotry, hate–even racism–and their justifications derive from the Christian Bible and various other religions.
    Hatred of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queers, transgenders and transexuals is on display here.

    And their God is on their side.

    I wonder what is their religious and sexual attitude to hermaphrodites–persons born with both male and female organs?

  • Casmore Wood

    There is nothing that is going to stop the word of god from come to pass, I know that there will be a time not so far in the distant future when men are going to slaughter all those who profess Christianity, because they see them as an hinderance in them not getting there way,”there is a way that seem right to man but the end is death”. All day long the Christians will be lead like lamb to the slaughter.

    • James

      Yes, just like how you slaughtered all those who “don’t” profess Christianity way back then. LOL

  • Casmore Wood

    Lol.. only time will tell and I am not without sin.. but gay is wrong because it is not what nature intended and trust me I would not kill any, only TIME will tell. This issue has being around from before iI was born and I know it might be around a long time after a lot of us is dead.