More backlash for Lowe

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe remains in the line of fire for seemingly pouring scorn on Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and other childless women, whilst strongly denouncing same sex marriages.

In response to the comments made by Lowe at a Mother’s Day function at the weekend, President of the Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD) Donnya Piggott has suggested that the minister has an obsession with homosexuals.

However, she has called on the Christ Church East representative to stop the gay bashing and to pay more attention to the pressing economic issues of today.

“I feel concerned about Denis Lowe because I feel that at this stage where the Barbados economy is not doing so well,  . . . his concern should really be about the unemployment rates amongst young people, LGBT young people and various vulnerable groups –  inclusive of single mothers and the elderly in his community of Christ Church East,” Piggott told Barbados TODAY.

“I don’t understand what he is trying to do when all of these different groups are being affected by the economy, so Barbadians deserve a lot better from Denis Lowe and he is not doing a good job at all,” she added.

Addressing a ceremony in honour of mothers within his Christ Church East constituency Lowe charged that there was an attempt in certain quarters to advance a legislative call for same-sex marriage, while making it clear that he did not have any intention whatsoever of supporting any such move.

Denis Lowe & Donnya Piggott

“I still believe in the biblical way of life,” the minister of the environment said.

And in an apparent swipe at Mottley, he also publicly declared that he was “not about to support any idea that the greatness of the nation is bound up in any individual who does not regard the importance of motherhood, of family, and of marriage according to the biblical standard.

“We want our boys and our girls to grow up in a society where they are not embarrassed because they live in a house where mum is a woman and dad is a man,” Lowe added.

However, Piggott has hit back telling the Government minister that “if he is so obsessed with the biblical definitions of marriage then he should start at the top . . . because we still have a prime minister who is very much unmarried and has had kids out of wedlock. So if he wants to talk about biblical marriage and the definition of marriage we can start there”.

The BGLAD spokeswoman also accused Lowe of touting blatant discrimination against members of the LBGT community, who she warned were not only citizens of Barbados, but powerful members of the electorate.

“You cannot believe in it [homosexuality] and that is fine, but when you are in a position of power you have to cater to all, so you can’t discriminate against people,” Piggott cautioned the minister.

Human rights researcher Shari Inniss–Grant is equally taken aback by Lowe’s comments. In fact, she has openly challenged his notion of the ideal family structure, comprising of a man and a woman. On the contrary, she argued that Barbados has historically been linked to various family structures, including LGBT families.

Inniss-Grant, who is a founding member of the LGBT support group called Join the Conversation, also denounced Lowe’s claims that same–sex unions would adversely affect children.

“What would make children feel a degree of shame is if you have that in your household and you are happy in your household and when you leave, you have teachers talking about the fact that your family isn’t right, or you have governmental officials, who are supposed to be representing everyone’s needs, who are attacking your family or attacking your parents.

“That is the thing that really makes children question, ‘if I am okay, is my family okay’.”

She accused Lowe of imposing his personal bias on the country, while suggesting that as a minister of Government, he had a responsibility to be all-embracing and not segregatory.

“If they [Government officials] are supposed to represent all of us then they shouldn’t be making comments that undermine the lives lived by persons who are already being marginalized and who are already being attacked, those should be the persons they are reaching out to and the persons they are offering protection to,” Inniss-Grant stressed.

The chairperson of the Gender Affairs Committee of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Makala Beckles–Jordan, has also come down harshly on Lowe, accusing him of grossly disrespecting the many childless women who hold leadership positions in Barbados and across the world.

“It is very sad that in this country because you do not have a child you have to be the victim of discrimination and ridicule coming from some person in the House of Parliament who is supposed to be representing you a citizen of this country,” Beckles–Jordan told Barbados TODAY, adding that Lowe’s comments brought back memories of equally distasteful remarks made recently by another Government legislator, Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson.

“To hear a minister saying that because a child has not sucked on your breasts or your womb has not been opened up that you should be disregarded as less of a woman is very distasteful.

“We are trying to understand why this childless mother talk is coming up in this country at a time like this when women are in the forefront of leadership in this country. If you look across the sectors of this country women are making strides in the leadership positions – children or not,” Beckles-Jordan added.

She also suggested that Lowe should stick to issues such as long overdue salary increases for public servants and the worrying state of the country’s economy rather than the inability of women to bear children.

“Right now, the minister should be speaking about getting some salary increases, sitting down and talking with the NUPW about getting a salary increase instead of looking at who has a child and who does not have one,” she said, while further complaining that instead, “what you have is one minister vex because you are childless and you have another minister telling you get children. Yet still they aren’t giving you no more money.

“What are you really doing in this country?” she asked.

Just yesterday, Lowe’s colleague Donville Inniss also took him to task for his remarks, while warning that the ruling Democratic Labour Party has gays and lesbians too.

katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb

66 Responses to More backlash for Lowe

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn May 18, 2017 at 3:30 am

    THIS ONE STICKY.

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  2. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata May 18, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Stinking Lowe should get no back lash he should just get a hard frigging lash round he big frigging head

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  3. Glen Antrobus
    Glen Antrobus May 18, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I thought we lived in a democracy where we were free to share our opinions and philosophies.

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 4:18 am

      Not when it is basically hate speech and discrimination.

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    • Julien Ifill
      Julien Ifill May 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Wade Alleyne I have a question. If one takes a moral or religious stand can it be interpreted as hate and discrimination?

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    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Maybe that is just how you choose to interpret it………Wade Alleyne

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Julien Ifill, if you’re denying someone the same rights you enjoy or seeing them as lesser in value, yes.

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    • Julien Ifill
      Julien Ifill May 18, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Ok but even tho that person has the same rights as u isn’t a person entitled to describe ur actions or behaviour as wrong???

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    • Julien Ifill
      Julien Ifill May 18, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Based on moral or Christian beliefs

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

      You’re aware white people once believed they had the religious right to enslave us? Do not sacrifice basic human decency and compassion in the name of so called “Christian” beliefs.

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    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Wade Alleyne… Why should that stop persons from voicing their opinions.? Wouldn’t you prefer to know where people really stand on issues.?…. Bare in mind that we can never legislate people’s beliefs or philosophies……

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    • Ras Small
      Ras Small May 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Especially if not encompassing Cosmic/Ma’at principles.

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

      As long as your beliefs don’t infringe on anyone else’s rights, they are yours to have.

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    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

      And after all the marching, rioting and legislating some white people still think the same way……… Beliefs do not and cannot infringe on anyone else rights….. Our actions do

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    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

      “As long as your beliefs don’t infringe on anyone else’s rights, they are yours to have.”……… But yet you attack a person for airing theirs Wade Alleyne???? Where is the balance?

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Lowe is using his words to encourage other people to see and believe women with no children or those in same sex unions are not fit to lead. It is the same as saying blacks are savages and not fit to be in decent white society.

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    • Wade Alleyne
      Wade Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 7:58 am

      He is asking people to hamper these people’s rights to be elected.

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    • Julien Ifill
      Julien Ifill May 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

      So I guess the argument is political after all

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  4. Julien Ifill
    Julien Ifill May 18, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Do u all interpret his comments as politically motivated or do u all see them as his personal beliefs????

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  5. Zeus May 18, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Why are homosexuals so touchy ..whenever someone voice their opinion against them they come out the woodwork branding the person as this and that ….they should be thanking heterosexuals for their existence because we all no that two homosexuals cant produce anything

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    • Coralita May 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Totally agree, got that one right, they cannot produce one freaking thing and always ready to call people homophobic when they don’t support their lifestyle.

      Call me homophobic, I don’t give two wuk ups. I do not support homosexuality. I am not going to disrespect any ah wunna but I do not support the lifestyle and it is my right.

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  6. Christopher Foster
    Christopher Foster May 18, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Can’t go around hating against people and think they wouldn’t be consequences.

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  7. Bobolee Popo May 18, 2017 at 6:15 am

    how come low-down never said any ting when Cammie the king maker of the DLP was around

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  8. Glendon Ashby
    Glendon Ashby May 18, 2017 at 6:59 am

    If our reproduction rate continues to decline we will have a much bigger economic issue in the next couple​ years, than we have now.

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  9. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes May 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I am not supporting Dennis Lowe but how come these people suddenly have all the rights. Why is it that if you say that something is wrong you are accused of hating. You can’t be wrong and right at the same time, if it’s wrong it’s wrong. How could a woman being sexually involved with a woman be ever right, biologically it can’t work. 2 women or 2 men together cannot produce anything. The same way they think that they have the right to flaunt their lifestyle, we have the same right to not agree with it. The thing is that deep down they are not comfortable with what they are doing, so that’s why they have to keep so much noise. Even the animals seem to have more sense than mankind. Homosexuality was always around but people used to do their business in private now these seem to want awards and acolades, for doing what. Keeping noise will bever make it right but guilt is a hell of a thing.

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  10. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne May 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    And it’s gonna get worse. Lowe’s seat is in jeopardy.

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    • Coralita May 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Why every shyte is about a seat, Lowe tell you he wants back a seat?

      If it was a church leader saying the same thing what would they be losing?

      People have a right to stand for what they believe.

      People say all sorts of things about heterosexuals and there is no hoopla but say sain about LGBT and world war 3 gine start.

      SMH

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  11. Johnathan May 18, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Seems as though none of the gays want Denis when they look at how stink he looks. His jealousy is pouring out. Hope he and Zeus find one soon and would be happy and settle down..

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  12. Heather Woolfolk
    Heather Woolfolk May 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

    We need to stay out of others bedroom. Who we are does not begin and end with our sexuality.

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  13. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

    LOWE THE ROPE YOU CREATED TO HANG YOURSELF!!!!!

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  14. joan Worrell May 18, 2017 at 8:20 am

    @ bonita , don’t mind them. They ought to BGLAD that the AIDS COCKTAIL is available at the QEH and that A.I.D.S is being classified as a non-communicable disease. If a breakdown of the cost per patient for non-communicable diseases is ever published, John Public would see that the cost of the Cocktail is astronomically higher than the cost of medications to treat hypertension, diabetes, asthma etc. etc.. . Yes, the taxpayers are burdened by paying for drugs to treat non-communicable diseases. Say ”no” to BGLAD SEX , especially anal sex . Here is what the Center for Disease Control in the U.S.A has to say about A.ID.S. What is HIV?

    HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
    How Is HIV Spread?

    In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by:

    Having sex with someone who has HIV. In general:
    Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. Receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping).
    Vaginal sex is the second highest-risk sexual behavior.
    Having many sex partners or having other STDs can increase the chances of getting HIV through sex.
    Sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment (works) used to make injectable drugs with someone who has HIV.
    Oral sex. The chances of getting HIV through oral sex are much less than from anal or vaginal sex”. Ends QUOTE

    Ignore BGLAD and all the advocates who want you to believe that same sex relationships are harmless. Ask them to refute the the following statistic …….. In the Caribbean, new HIV infections among adults rose by 9% between 2010 and 2015, reversing gains made in the previous decade. In 2015, the annual number of new HIV infections in the Caribbean was estimated at 9,000.4Despite its small population size, the Caribbean has the second-highest HIV prevalence globally after sub-Saharan Africa.

    In the name of Almighty God, pray tell me why any organization would want to promote this kind of behaviour in Barbados. Real Bajan men and women enjoy sexual ”Front lash” not ‘Backlash”. The caption of the article is offensive to us. lol

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  15. Zeus May 18, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Johnny-ton your statement reeks of gay-hate …..or are you typing from inside a closet

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  16. Calloutlies May 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    While I do not support same-sex marriage, Minister Lowe should be the last person to speak about Morals. The minister is using a function to try to gain political mileage, however this is going to seriously back fire. There is so much dirt on this gentleman he should stay very far away from issue on Morals. I urge you Mr. LOWE to stop using the bible as your political tool or you will be exposed. Let us first understand why you are in Christ Church and not St. Andrew.

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    • Coralita May 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I guess your name is JESUS and you are squeaky clean. You never did nain wrong on this earth, so you cannot be exposed on anything. Matter of fact while you are at it, bring one just one person who is squeaky clean.

      If the man does not support homosexuality/same sex marriages, that is his right.

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      • Calloutlies May 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm

        @coralita, I am sure that you can read, not quite sure about your ability to comprehend. I stated clearly that I am against same-sex marriage, likewise I am against anyone using the bible as a political tool. Do you really think Lowe gives a rat tail about same-sex marriage. If he is going to be preaching about Morals then he should be clean. I am not preaching Morals, simply warning him about the backlash. It isn’t the anti-samesex that has me disturbed, it is the messenger.

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        • Coralita May 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

          Last time I checked, the Bible said, “all have sinned”. All of us have some stains in our characters. So does that mean that the church leaders should not preach about morals? The Pastors aint perfect nor sinless yet they preach about morals.

          None of us is perfect, but there are times we still have to stand for what we believe or simply speak out against things we don’t believe in and that is what the man did as far as I can see. That is his right, he is entitled to his opinion even if it don’t sit well with some.

          I don’t recall anywhere in the articles where Denis Lowe claims to be spotless and I doubt he cares very much about the comments being hurled about.

          He spent two terms in political office, his darn pension is secured so if he loses the seat I don’t think he will care about that either.

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  17. joan Worrell May 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

    @ Callouties, Lowe is the messenger. ”Same sex relationship” is the message. Don’t shoot the messenger for delivering the message. And by the way , give me the name of a politician any part of the world who is holier-than-thou? The definition of ”politics” which I like is ”the relationships within a group or organization that allow particular people to have power over others”. My friend, they will do anything to have power over us. Politicians are executed for corruption in Saudia Arabia, Russia, China, Indonesia, Iran etc. etc. and yet their successors continue to be corrupt. Let us deal with Lowe’s mother’s day message which is the genesis of this article i.e same sex relationships. It is abominable. Young men can’t hold back their faeces due to constant penis penetration in their backsides and young women suffering similar health problems due to dildo penetration. There are too many human mobile toilets out there in Barbados. Say “”no” to same sex relationships.

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  18. Johnathan May 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

    @calloutlies you are on the ball and it will come out this time don’t worry…Bad fellow he is and now walking around saying he chooses what thrive when he feels like and will never be broke again. Disgrace for a leader in our society.

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  19. BaJan boy May 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Johnathan you seem to have to tickeled Zeus where he likes to be tickeled to make a response. His closet just like Denis one get big so they will take to out..

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  20. BaJan boy May 18, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Joan Worrell the Mother’s Day message was a classless,empty,hateful message that would resonate only with people of similar social and intellectual standing. Same sex marriage has never been an issue in Barbados and this disrespectful excuse for a minister who is seriously in search of a limb on which to stand continues to bring it at times to seek recognition. He has done nothing for this country in the 9 years in office other full he guts till it got his mouth like he tomaine. All he got he will spend on health cause he won’t have that cushion after election as a minister where he gets special treatment. He is a poor excuse for a Minister so no message that he brings can be of any substance that bajans can benefit. Mock Doctor.

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  21. joan Worrell May 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Sorry Bajan Boy, your interpretation of the message is different from the interpretation by most Bajans. He was addressing real mothers not wannabee women. Feel free to cuss him for whatever reason you think that the other politicians on both sides of the aisle have not done or don’t intend to do. You can call the message classless, disrespectful or whatever but at the end of the day it is factual and should concern the ones who are contributing to report”‘
    .. In the Caribbean, new HIV infections among adults rose by 9% between 2010 and 2015, reversing gains made in the previous decade. In 2015, the annual number of new HIV infections in the Caribbean was estimated at 9,000.4Despite its small population size, the Caribbean has the second-highest HIV prevalence globally after sub-Saharan Africa.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      When Dennis Lowe decides to hurl his insults at those in the opposition party who are motherless women, do you not think it is an insult to all those women who have decided that they do not want to have children? Along with that, Dennis Lowe wants to condemn the life style decisions of those who chose to be homosexual. The two face serpent backs up his condemantion by drawing reference to the good book. However, when Dennis Lowe, who is a born again liar, decides to tell all sorts of lies to get what he get, does the good book not say that thou should not lie? Thou should not steal, thou should not covet thy neighbours wife etc etc? Therefore, his condemnation of homosexuality should also go hand in hand with liars like himself.

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  22. True-True Bajan May 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Dr. Lowe was duly elected as a servant of we, the people of Barbados, to serve us in the capacity of Minister of the Environment and Drainage. We know that both of these areas are in dire need of attention. Yet, the Minister continues to digress into areas that we have not elected him to speak for us as a public official. Is he in fact saying that he does not care to obtain the votes of any gays in his constituency? I believe he would be well counseled to keep these opinions to himself to be shared among his close friends and family, and inform We the People of what he is doing to address the terrible state of our Environment, Drainage and even the economy in general.

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  23. Bobolee Popo May 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    first low-down came for the Gays and the Bee/s and I did not speak out,because I was not gay nor a Bee..
    then he came for the atheist,rastas,jehovah-witness,tie-heads,Hindus,Muslims,workers at the radio-stations,union-members,even the market- vendor and all and sundry who are not a troglodyte like he is and i did not speak out because I was none of the above.
    then low-down came for me and they was no one left to speak of me..

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  24. Sheron Inniss May 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    My final words on this topic – forget the cess pool. All for it let them help pay for the medication that will be needed. Those who are against it – don’t touch our money.

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  25. Coralita May 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    The LGBT rep talking about the prime minister having children out of wedlock but let me ask a question, who he get them from, a man or woman?

    Non-point LGBT rep. If the prime minister had a man he would not have had the privilege of having biological children. The majority of people in Barbados were born out of wedlock. Unmarried does not mean GAY.

    The prime minister did not attack you so why are you attacking him?

    Denis Lowe made the comments so reply to him and leave other people alone.

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  26. Lorenzo May 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Coralita and

    Coralita,Joan Worrell ,Zeus,even one of your own is not with Dr Lowe on this and all you all getting hot and sweaty.this is a distraction from Dr Lowe to sidetrack from his party and his dismal performance and it will not work.People who are hungry and cannot pay their bills do not care about this as an issue in any campaign.People are interested in policies to take Barbados forward economically,so you Dems reel and come again because if this blows up at election time it will cause problems on both sides.

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    • Coralita May 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Why the heck you calling me a Dems? Because I say the man has a right to say what he feels, just like you are saying what you feel, you somehow think that you can lable people?

      I don’t care what problems Denis Lowe beliefs of LGBT people cause at election time, it has nothing to do with me. I does wuk for myself and I don’t have anybody to wuk fah but myself.

      I don’t get involved with politicians nor their associates, never in all my life have I asked any of them for anything Bs nor Ds and never will by God’s grace.

      I exercise my right to vote and have voted for both parties. I don’t have any allegiance to any of them, so don’t come up in here labeling me, you don’t know me!!!

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  27. Maria May 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    When you have glass windows please don’t throw stones the man get first chance let me tell you you black before you get the chance at he this is like the kettle telling the pot it’s black

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  28. Mikey May 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Commentators,,, let them choose their own lifestyle,,, .
    The Truth is that monogamous heterosexual relationships are least likely to cause HIV AIDS and other STD’s, with Homosexual and Lesbian relationships most likely to cause HIV AIDS and other STD’s.
    ANYBODY CAN TAKE THEIR PICK AND LIVE OR DIE WITH IT.
    AMEN.

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  29. joan Worrell May 18, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    @ Lorenzo, you continue to misunderstand the difference between a message and a messenger.As far as I am concerned you can destroy the messenger politically but you can’t destroy the message which he gave to mothers (all women ) and not wannabee women who were born men . You and BGLAD should tell taxpayers the cost of the A.I.D.S cocktail which is available at the Q.E.H. In the USA, the average cost is U.S 2,000-4,000 for 60 tablets. Minister Inniss suggested that Minister Lowe should concentrate on more important matters than same sex relationships, citing examples like the economy and young people. He was a former Minister of Health and should know better than anyone else the rising cost of these expensive medications to the taxpayers of Barbados. Isn’t this cost a drain on the economy? Aren’t these drugs bought with foreign currency? Innis needs to take a time-out and think before he talks.

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  30. joan Worrell May 18, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    By the way Lorenzo, I voted twice in my life i.e once for Don Blackman (BLP) and once for Johnny Tudor. That makes me a disillusioned BLP/DLP. You are wasting your time branding me otherwise. I am not that politically blind to follow any political party slavishly.

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  31. sosweet May 19, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Wow wow leave Dines lowe. alone,,,,,he that have no signed throw The first stone,,,,

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  32. sosweet May 19, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Let the man do his job,,,,please,,,,a chosen one bless,,

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  33. ch May 19, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I can’t believe we have sheeple who do not understand that elected officials are supposed to represent- equally and fairly- all citizens of this country.
    So you swallow their arrogance and disrespect. And think yourself exempt.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion but you do not have the right to speak hate and intolerance against specific groups.
    You do not have the right to bully anyone.
    And in 2017, it is embarrassing that some of you are still so uneducated about HIV/AIDS.
    That is the real epidemic in Barbados-ignorance.

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  34. Bodmon May 19, 2017 at 4:30 am

    I cannot believe it is 2017 and this conversation still going on in Barbados. Have any of yall ever left the country and see what the rest of the world saying about homosexuality? I sure some of you going say that that is out deh and Barbados need to stay the way it is. Fine. Then don’t get vex when the rest of the world leave we behind. Is who you think coming from away to Barbados and spending dem money? What wealthy homosexual couple going want to come down to a country that so homophobic? Then everybody going complain when nah money ain’t in the country. Even all the talk about the rates of HIV and STDs being lower in heterosexual couples…. Like really? Yall ever read any studies on the topic? Nah. I’m sure you didn’t but don’t need to cuz you know everything.

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  35. Bobo May 19, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Wow lots of Comments—D Lowe a political man each month is paid by the citizens of Barbados to innovate -create the foundation of existing Laws-so that the citizens can lead a fruitful life–How can he, where there is no ”love and respect” to self how can he ( and the majority of Politicians) transfer these two elements to the citizens of Barbados—Humanity is not their call.

    Folks don’t forget -D Lowe quote– I still believe in the biblical way of life

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  36. joan Worrell May 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Sorry Bodman, keep your money and we will keep our youth healthy. I don’t know which part of the world you live in but something tells me that it is not a third world country. We have a serious problem with our economy. We can’t afford to spend what little we have on antiretroviral medication to keep our same sex citizens alive. Why do you want us to promote homosexuality in our country? Can you refute the following statement from Center for Disease Control?

    CNSNews– Although homosexuals, or men who have sex with men (MSM), make up about 2% of the U.S. population, they account for 67% of “all new HIV diagnoses,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)……..

    Yes,, people are playing Russian roulette when they get involved in a homosexual relationship. The backside should be used for defecating only not for sexual pleasure. Why should taxpayers pay for homosexuals’ self inflicted diseases? If the people in your country can pay for their life saving medication, feel free to do it till till die. However the poor people of my country can’t pay for these medications and they become a burden on the state.

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  37. joan Worrell May 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    @Bodmon, It is people like you who give the youth of my country the hope that homosexuality is harmless. I have no problem with you dying of the AIDS virus as long as you are not a burden to your family or the state. I want you in case you didn’t know, and the BGLAD group in my country to know the extent of the suffering a victim suffers before death.

    What are HIV/AIDS-related opportunistic infections?

    Opportunistic infections (OIs) capitalize on weakened immune systems. These illnesses may have little to no significant impact on an individual with a healthy immune system. However, they can cause devastating effects for people with HIV/AIDS. OIs typically present when your CD4 count drops below 200 cells per cubic millimeter. They are considered AIDS-defining conditions. In general, a person with HIV will not present with OIs if their CD4 count is above 500 cells per cubic millimeter.

    The following 20 OIs have been defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as AIDS-defining illnesses.
    Infections common with HIV/AIDS

    Candidiasis: This is a common fungal infection that’s also known as thrush. It can be treated with antifungal medications after a simple visual examination.
    Coccidioidomycosis: This common fungal infection can lead to pneumonia if left untreated.
    Cryptococcosis: This fungal infection often enters through the lungs. It quickly spreads to your brain, often leading to cryptococcal meningitis. Left untreated, this fungal infection is often fatal.
    Cryptosporidiosis: This diarrheal disease often becomes chronic. It is characterized by severe diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
    Cytomegalovirus: This common global virus affects most adults during their lifetime. It often presents with eye or gastrointestinal infections.
    HIV-related encephalopathy: This is often referred to as HIV/AIDs-related dementia. It can be defined as a degenerative brain condition that affects people with CD4 counts of less than 100. Current estimates suggest it impacts roughly 25 percent of people with AIDS.
    Herpes simplex (chronic) and herpes zoster: Herpes simplex produces red, painful sores that appear on the mouth or genital area. Herpes zoster, or shingles, presents with painful blisters on skin surfaces. While there is no cure for either, medications are available to alleviate some symptoms.
    Histoplasmosis: This environmental fungal infection is commonly treated with antibiotics.
    Isosporiasis: This is a parasitic fungus. It develops when people drink or come into contact with contaminated food and water sources. It is currently treated with antiparasitic drugs.
    Mycobacterium avium complex: This is a type of bacterial infection. It often presents in people with severely compromised immune systems — CD4 cell counts of less than 50. If these bacteria enter the bloodstream, it often results in death.
    Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP): This OI is currently the leading cause of death in people with HIV/AIDS. Careful monitoring and antibiotic therapies are currently used to treat the person following diagnosis.
    Pneumonia that has become chronic.
    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML): This neurological condition often affects people with CD4 cell counts below 200. While there is no current treatment for this disease, some response has been shown with antiretroviral therapies.
    Toxoplasmosis: This parasitic infection commonly strikes people with CD4 cell counts below 200. Prophylaxis treatments are used as a preventive measure for people posting low CD4 cell counts.
    Tuberculosis: This disease is most common in low-income areas of the world. It can be successfully treated in most cases if caught early.
    Wasting syndrome (HIV-related): This is unwanted body loss and a total weight loss of more than 10 percent of your normal body weight. Treatment involves dietary management and continued antiretroviral therapy.

    Cancers common with HIV/AIDS

    Kaposi’s sarcoma: This form of cancer often presents with either oral lesions or lesions covering the skin surfaces. Current treatments include radiation and chemotherapy to shrink the tumors, and antiretroviral therapy to boost the body’s CD4 cell count.
    Lymphoma: A variety of cancers frequently present in people with HIV/AIDS. Treatment will vary based upon the cancer type and condition of the person.
    Cervical cancer: Women with HIV are at greater risk for the development of cervical cancer. The impaired immune system presents challenges associated with treating this form of cancer.

    If a person presents with one or more OIs, the disease will likely be categorized as AIDS regardless of the person’s current CD4 cell count. OIs are currently the leading cause of death for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. However, antiretroviral therapies (HAART) and prophylaxis have shown promise in preventing these diseases when taken as directed.

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  38. Lorenzo May 20, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Coralita I have read your comments on here many times and as soon as someone says comething against the PM or the th DLP you are one of the first on here defending the party.That is a fact,which you cannot deny there I called you out as I see you.therefore do not try to dispute it ,I don,t have to know you personally I read your comments.You are the same as Zeus,Joan Worrell,CCC,the Trini lady ,Sherlock Holmes and other Dems.

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  39. joan Worrell May 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    @Lorenzo
    It is a pity that you can’t see beyond Roebuck Street. The country is facing a serious problem with young people believing that same sex relationships are harmless and all you can contribute to this discussion is BLP and DLP rubbish talk. Come out and defend same sex relationship if it is touching a raw nerve. Don’t hide behind politicall jargon to support your cause. There is no DLP or BLP A.I.D.S virus. It is a universal disease that does not discriminate. Does the following statistice worry you? According to the statistics revealed by the UN agency to coincide with today’s World AIDS Day commemoration, 43 per cent of Barbadian adults living with HIV are being treated with antiretroviral medicines. And compared to other regional states, the island ranks seventh in terms of the percentage of adults who have access to such treatment. I have witnessed a young guy who returned to Barbados from the U.S.A, suffer like a poisoned dog before he died. He went from a robust 200-pounder to a 100-pound skeleton. Can Jerome Walcott or Donville Inniss, hoth former Ministers of Health or the current Minister, John Boyce tell the nation what is the cost of providing these antiretroviral medications? Is there anyone in your party who is prepared to speak out against this dangerous trend in Barbados or are they all muzzled by the party hierarchy? Take off your political blinkers and oppose same sex relationships in Barbados.

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  40. Lorenzo May 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Joan Worrell I definitely oppose same sex unions but I cannot live anyone else life that is their personal choice.My greater point to you is why is Dr Lowe raising this matter of which you seem to be some expert in.To the casual observer it seems as an attack on the opposition leader,therefore it is political which I know you are aware of so do not tell me it is not polictical but as I said when people are hungry and cannot make ends meet they do not care about people,s private business,they want jobs etc,so if this blows up members in both parties will suffer.Enough said.

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  41. joan Worrell May 21, 2017 at 8:54 am

    @Lorenzo
    Your greater point is irrelevant. It makes no difference if Ossie Moore had made the statement about same sex relationships. It is nothing for any loving caring parent to wish for his/her child. If you can’s see beyond a political slant to the issue, I am sorry for you. Look for another topic to discuss hungry people and jobs. This one is about same sex relationships. I am no expert on anything. The statistics are there for you , BGLAD and all who support same sex relationships, to read. Sexually active Barbadians are playing Russian roulette when they unknowingly have relationships with partners who are on antiretroviral medications .

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  42. Patty May 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    What the world needs now is men and women who will stand up for principles. Who will not buckle under pressure to conform to wrong. If we don’t want to accept part of what the Bible say, then we need to forget the Bible altogether. We have to stop trying to pretend that all is well when we full well know that there is right and wrong. To say you disagree with a lifestyle is not spreading hate. Some people don’t agree with me, but it doesn’t mean they hate me.

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  43. Patty May 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    What the world needs now is men and women who will stand up for principles. Who will not buckle under pressure to conform to wrong. If we don’t want to accept part of what the Bible say, then we need to forget the Bible altogether. We have to stop trying to pretend that all is well when we full well know that there is right and wrong.

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