Push back

In what could be seen as a symbolic move, Canada today raised the rainbow flag over its high commission here, placing it between the Barbadian and Canadian flags. The rainbow flag, commonly referred to as the gay pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride.

The raising of the flag was part of the high commission’s programme in observance of International Day Against Homophobia, the first time the High Commission was celebrating the day here.

During today’s ceremony at Bishop Court Hill, Canada’s High Commissioner to Barbados Marie Legault did not shy away from the controversial issue of same sex unions, which was again thrust into the limelight on Sunday when Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe led a nasty attack on “certain quarters [who want] to advance a legislative call for same-sex marriage” and childless women.

In fact, Legault made reference to Lowe’s comment and a sharp rebuke from his Cabinet colleague Donville Inniss in expressing her disappointment that buggery remains on the law books here, even as she admitted that the LGBT rights issue was a polarizing one.

Bishop Jason Gordon & Marie Legault

“Over the last few days we have seen in the press that the Government of Barbados is also divided in its views, with Minister Inniss urging Barbadians to improve their level of tolerance regarding the personal choices made by others, and to respect people’s rights, including the right to fall in love with who you want, in opposition to a declaration against same-sex marriage from Minister Denis Lowe a few days ago.

“Although I have been told, including by the Attorney General [Adriel Brathwaite] that in Barbados the anti-buggery law is not enforced, the fact remains that it is a criminal offence, and as such it is often used to blackmail or extort money from members of the LGBT community. Discrimination can take the form of violence, threats, bullying, denial of employment and access to services,” the Canadian diplomat said.

Barbados is one of 74 countries that still criminalize same-sex relations, which can be punishable by life imprisonment or even death in some countries, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, the world federation of national and local organisations that seeks to achieve equal rights for the LGBT community.

Inniss, the minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, yesterday slammed Lowe for the remarks, saying his colleague ought to have better things to do than to play the homosexual card.

In fact, the controversial Inniss warned about opening the proverbial can of worms, stating the Freundel Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party was made up of gays and
lesbians too.

Today, Legault told a small gathering that included President of the Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (B-GLAD) Donnya Piggott, that advocating for human rights of all kinds had never been easy, and required “courageous action from individuals to lead the way for change and bring acceptance of difference”.

“In our society being different is never comfortable,” she said.

“I believe the world can be a better place if we embrace our diversity rather than if we let fear of this diversity overcome us and drive our actions,” she said, adding that it was her hope that same-sex marriage would become a non-issue within the next ten years.

Noting that countries were at different stages of acceptance and engagement on the issue, the Canadian diplomat said it was Ottawa’s view that, at the very minimum, all countries should commit to decriminalizing same-sex conduct, and combatting violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning and allies.

“May 17 is a day we can all come together. I am very proud that the Canadian High Commission in Bridgetown is joining a vast number of other missions around the world today to commemorate that day,” she said.

Today’s events did not go down well with the head of the Roman Catholic Church here Bishop Jason Gordon, who saw it as an attempt by foreign states to impose their forms of gender and family values on Barbados and the rest of the region.

The cleric made it clear the Church was opposed to discrimination against people based on labels placed on them, and that everyone was a child of God and should be treated with respect and dignity, no matter their orientation.

However, he said the line had to be drawn when it came to acts which went contrary to traditional values of family and marriage.

“We have a push, as we have had in the Caribbean, to accept values that are not our values, to accept values about equality of two men or two women being married and talking about that as a right. We would have a problem with that as a Roman Catholic Church and within Barbadian society,” the church leader told Barbados TODAY.

“Any form that is called marriage must be a man and a woman for unification and procreation . . . and if it can’t live up to that, it doesn’t live up to what we understand as marriage,” Bishop Gordon emphasized.

21 Responses to Push back

  1. Jennifer May 18, 2017 at 2:25 am

    When you force yourself onto another nation this is what you will get>>>>>>>>>>> this snow white effect, and guess who is in the glass coffin???? likened to being entwined like a ram caught in a thicket with their serpent behaviors and living standards. All you clerics and politicians who put up a front and try to pretend you are not for all this perverseness will get what is coming. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living god.

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    • Jennifer May 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Our so called leaders are too WEAK and INGRUNT with substandard and submissive tendencies. Their dominance is turned to passivity and whited out. Just following psyops like dead men. Always have been and always will be. No wonder.

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  2. Saga Boy May 18, 2017 at 5:41 am

    @Jennifer Inagree with you. This foolishness is destroying our society.

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    • Jennifer May 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

      The problem is that the majority of people are falling for the OKEDOKE.

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  3. Sherlock Holmes. May 18, 2017 at 7:04 am

    The globalist agenda is being promoted worldwide we must be the resistance to this folly!

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  4. Johnathan May 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Sherlock Holmes and Denis Lowe both too iterate and classless to relate to this level of sociability

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    • Sherlock Holmes. May 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Well well Johnathan, first when you want to be critical of me i suggest firstly, that you learn to spell. The word is illiterate and the fact that you cannot spell that word speaks volumes to your class my dear chap. Now to level of sociability, if by your standards this means embracing the gay agenda, well son i do not hate the individual i just abhor the life style and i term it as a life style nothing more. I also pray for them as i would do for anyone else.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. May 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Iterate is actually a word but i am certain it was misused by you in this context.

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  5. bajans May 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    To each his own. Live and let live. We are responsible for ourselves, no one else.

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  6. allison archer May 18, 2017 at 9:17 am

    no Bishop Jason Gordon all people are not God’s children, bible says only to those who believe in Jesus Christ( John 1:12) are born sons of Him
    the substance of Barbados hath gone, all that made it distinct and unique as a people has eroded away so anything goes today
    the leaders wants that which was lost return (the wealth, fame, power) by accepting gifts from the greater lands binding themselves to their conditions which are clearly reveal years later then the people begin to cry out
    the thing is all these sins must come to pass for it was prophesied by the Living God Himself so people need to take heed in knowing we are undoubtedly in the last days and accept salvation that their may be saved from the onslaught of evil
    for it is written Matthew 24:21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be

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    • jennifer May 18, 2017 at 10:25 am

      @allison Archer – Let the dead bury the dead. Ezk 12:3 prepare stuff for removal. The open fish, pretend fish, undecided fish, in between fish, supporting fish, closet fish, lying fish, and baby fish will all be consumed together.

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  7. Peter May 18, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Jennifer the jackass. Here you go again with your rhetoric nonsense clouded with parables. You damn hypocrite. You are one that migrated to England for a so called better way of life. You failed so badly, you run back home to fool Barbadians with your English accent. Every single person has a right and a freedom of choice. RESPECT IT! You hate white people yet you quote from a white written bible, The only language you understand and speak is the white man language….. ENGLISH. You hate yourself because you are black. You hate educated and successful blacks and refer to them as crabs and now snakes. You are dysfunctional because no one can stand you and everyone even your family resent you and avoid you. Your daily gymnastically written comments revealed your full personality. I am really looking forward to seeing you in London come August. I now wonder who knitted your wooly unqualified head.

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  8. Rochelle May 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    For ‘supposedly’ intelligent people is this behaviour acceptable? You criticize each other, call each other names and why? Aren’t we all entitled to our own opinions? We can disagree without being disrespectful. And why Barbados Today allows such ‘bullying’ and discriminatory comments to be posted is beyond me. Smh

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    • Peter May 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Rochelle or Rachelle, I call a spade a spade. I am not a pretentious individual. I have sent off all of Jennifer’s comments in this medium to highly trained experts in this field in both USA and UK and they all came back with very close and resembling results. She has a personality issue she needs to deal with. That Rachelle or Rochelle is if you were referring to my comments.

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  9. Alex Alleyne May 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

    IS THIS FLAG LEGAL WHERE IT STANDS ????????

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    • jennifer May 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

      I was wondering the same thing.

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  10. Sheron Inniss May 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

    What people do in private is their business. No legalizing; just don’t discriminate. Rape is rape is rape if it is not consensual. The agenda being pushed is good for nothing. These so called leaders are wolves in sheep’s clothing. As for me and mine we shall serve the Lord. I don’t agree with the MP with the same surname as mine. I standing with the other MP and all those against legalizing or removing buggery laws from the Statute Books.

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  11. Philistine May 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Picture a world, dare I say, a Barbados, without homosexuals. Stop. Okay, now, how many of Barbados’ problems have you resolved? Not one damned problem! Homosexuality is too often used as a crutch for people who are surrounded by problems that they can’t begin to solve. It’s used by intellectually bankrupt politicians who have nothing but hate to use to get the party faithful riled up.

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  12. Jennifer May 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Imagine I did not cut any one’s willie off, fed no one to alligators, lynched no one, murdered no one, demoralized any one about their skin or hair, cut anyone’s limbs off or sold anyone for money and I have a personality issue. Now people, what the f%^* would you say about someone who did these things???? According to the criterion of the DSM 5.

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  13. Tony Waterman May 19, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Alex Alleyne, Jennifer!!!!!The Flag was ON the Compound of the Canadian High Commission, and since you Obviously don’t know, because you did ask, this Property that the Canadian High Commission Stands on (The Entire Property)and all Diplomatic Plated Vehicles are for all intents and Purposes a part of Canada, NOT Barbados, so YES they have the ABSOLUTE INTERNATIONAL RIGHT to do whatever they want to do on that Property, and the Government of Barbados has NO say in this matter, those SAME RIGHTS and PRIVILEGES are also accorded our High Commision, our High Commission Property at 368 Lisgar Rd.Rockliffe,Ontrio.and any and ALL Diplomatic Plated Vehicles of our Government in Canada.

    Today’s events did not go down well with the head of the Roman Catholic Church here Bishop Jason Gordon, who saw it as an attempt by foreign states to impose their forms of gender and family values on Barbados and the rest of the region.
    However, he said the line had to be drawn when it came to acts which went contrary to traditional values of family and marriage.

    I wish that Bishop Jason Gordon could have been around to remind his Brothers who ran Mount Cashel Orphanage in Newfoundland and Labrador, and similar institutions in Ontario of how things were supposed to be as per the BIBLE.
    About a dozen Christian brothers were convicted of abuse more than a decade ago. (Including Sexual Abuse of BOYS and GIRLS )

    Bishop Jason commenting on this issue, is like the Fox Pretending to be protecting the Hen House, so go clean up your own mess SIR!!!!

    Bishop Jason is not speaking in line with waht HIS POPE is saying to the World, this MUST be his PERSONAL Opinion.

    Aboard the Papal Plane (CNN)Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians owe apologies to gays and others who have been offended or exploited by the church, remarks that some Catholics hailed as a breakthrough in the church’s tone toward homosexuality.
    “I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally,” Francis said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.
    “The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times — when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners!”

    The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine, called the Pope’s apology to gays and lesbians “a groundbreaking moment.”

    Francis first uttered that rhetorical question — Who am I to judge gay people? — in 2013, so who are you to judge them now.

    So is Canada Getting involved in Barbados Politics??? Absolutely NOT, those remarks were made for an International Celebration, and ON Canadian Soil, That Compound is CANADIAN Territory by Internation Statutes.

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  14. allison archer May 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    listen the catholic denomination is not Christian, they follow their own doctrine and displaces the infallible word of Christ
    Jesus Christ the Living God did not ordained
    the praying for the dead to be saved, praying to Mary, her immaculate conception, her virginity, Mary being the mother of God & all Christians, the taking of bread and wine as Christ’s literal body, the pope forgiving men their sins, Peter as the head of the Church, baptizing babies all this doctrine is not Scriptural does not line up with the Word of God, this is pure heresy
    do not mind the numbers that are following the majority is always wrong

    it’s time because someone stands declaring I am the Christ that people examine them by their fruits measuring them by the bible and stop falling hook, line and sinker following them into the pit of hell
    people we need to judge the events of this life

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