Rally against wrongs
The Bay Street Esplanade was a sea of yellow, blue and black as hundreds of Christians turned up for the Barbados Rally, to not only worship but take a stand against immorality and efforts to push the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda.
Huddled in the square, patrons listened to the ministry of local and international worship leaders, and danced and sang along with popular gospel artistes such as Kristojay Paul, Gozzy and John Yarde.
Under the theme Faith, Family and Freedom As We Celebrate 50 Years, the cross-denominational event attacked many of what are considered society’s ills, such as premarital and underage sex and the LGBT movement.
Attorney-at-law and pastor Johanan Lafeuillee-Douglin, one of the night’s speakers, called on government and the church to work together, cautioning that the moral fabric of society was at risk if the state and the church functioned as separate entities.
“If all Christian influence on Government was suddenly removed, within a few years no one would have any moral compass or moral absolute beyond their own individual moral sentiments and individual human opinion . . . that can be so unreliable,” warned Lafeuillee-Douglin.
“We will be inviting a watershed of slippery slopes, a secular society void of any moral compass. This is not the nation that Barbadian fore parents have handed to me and you . . . neither should we to generations to follow.”
Lafeuillee-Douglin maintained that the educational system was under threat, due to ideologies such as the gender theory which indicates an individual can choose his or her own orientation or gender identity.
“There will be a . . . destabilization of the natural social and cultural fabric. There will be a possible morphing of an education curricula under the guise of gender sensitization and gender inclusivity to allow for the introduction of comprehensive sex education to forward the gender theory. There will be a natural rise in gender confusion as the gender theory is being professed from the pulpits of lecture halls,” she warned.
The pastor further argued that following the legal lead of developed countries was a form of cultural imperialism that would result in dire consequences.
She pointed to gender neutral bathrooms popping up in the United States: “Look at what is happening in the bathrooms of the US right now. If you feel like a girl today, you go to the girls’ bathroom, if you feel like a boy tomorrow you go to the boys’ bathroom.”
Laefuillee-Douglin noted that there have been numerous calls for the decriminalization of anal sex and the recognition of same-sex unions in Barbados, but she warned there would be social and legal complications if the relevant laws change.