With a direct threat to leverage its vote just at the LGBT community has been encouraged to do, the Georgetown Ministers’ Fellowship on Friday called on the Government to say “explicitly and truthfully” what is its position on homosexuality and its decriminalization.
But more urgently the Fellowship, the body which represents a wide section of the Christian community in Guyana, wants the government to intervene and put a stop to a planned “pride” parade pegged for the streets of Georgetown tomorrow.
Delivering a very emotional presentation, Pastor Desmond Rogers said the church will not support the government on any move to encourage or support homosexuality in Guyana.
Flanked by other Ministers of the gospel, Rogers rejected the parade and in general, the LGBT agenda and lifestyle, saying they are immoral and unnatural.
“The Christian community which makes up more than 60 percent of the population is concerned by efforts to pressure the government to legalize buggery,” he said.
Rogers believes that LGBT citizens make up no more than 10% of the population and with that small percentage, the government should not find itself bending to pressure for freedom of expression of the values and culture of members of the gay community.
“How can the state apparatus sanction what moral reversion and contribution to moral decadence is?” he questioned even as his colleague Minister Marlon Hestick raised concerns over the fact that this parade is allowed to go on while the law continues to hold buggery and cross-dressing as illegal.
The panel of speakers said if the parade goes ahead, it will be a dark day in the history of Guyana and will engrave a blemish on the social fabric of the Republic.
“We call on the government not to support the march and not to enact any legislation to legalize buggery,” the statement said.
Addressing the issue of discrimination, the religious leaders posited that discrimination does not exist.
They claimed it was a move to enlist persons’ sympathy by claiming decriminalization.
“Evidence is abounding where on gaining demands the LBGT community seeks to impose the demands and prejudice on others,” Rogers said even as he called on the state to protect rights and freedom of people of faith.
Leung said the LGBT community cannot speak of a right to do something that is wrong.
She and the other panelists were supported by a fairly large gathering of Christian supporters in the audience of the press conference that was held at a local church.
Also making an appearance at the press conference and sitting in the audience was gay rights activist and Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Joel Simpson.
He remained quiet through the passionate presentations by the religious leaders who maintained in summary that not only was it illegal but it was ungodly and not good for the social fabric of the society.
The organisers of the pride parade have no plans to call off their event, even as members of the Georgetown Ministers Fellowship plan to offer special prayers for them.
-by Kurt Campbell-