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  1. Eagle Ashcroft 15 Sep 2009, 8:51pm

    Yeah right. Sounds like a bunch of horse sh-t to me. After a campaign of boycotting Jamaican products from Americans they are now changing their story, but no one is buying it. I have placed “Boycott Jamaica” and “Boycott Jamaican products” signs on the back of my truck and have driven it to placed that sell Jamaican products.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Sep 2009, 12:19am

    V. King Macdona says:

    Even with the support of external, international human rights organisations, the gay population of Jamaica faces an uncertain future. British honorary consul John Terry’s murder has simply brought to the fore a problem which may take decades to resolve.’

    How can a man on an island kill another man, leave the scene of the crime, ask passersby for directions and disappear? Why has this murderer not been apprehended by the police by now? Tell me that.

  3. Homophobia is rife in the Jamaica and the West Indies and the police there do not want to do anything about for fear of being attacked themselves. It is a very serious problem for that region. There have been numerous reports in various media of gays being beaten publicly, attacked, and killed. Homophobic mobs and individuals are very active. Full scale sanctions of that region would soon teach the population that, homophobia is totally unacceptable, and help the police to do something about it. It seems that it is mostly the uneducated people of the world who are homophobic. Action must be swift and firm in stopping any further homophobia in the region.

  4. Rich, totally agree! I emailed the High Consul after this latest tragic death; no reply as yet! Ironically the Fire Brigades Union is asking for sanctions against Israel at Conference today. We need the unions to take up this cause as well. I would also ban holiday flights from the UK; that hits them where it hurts. There are also the likes of Beverly Knight who stands up for Gay rights who could tell them to get their act together. However, sadly I think this mindset is too entrenched to change without a long hard slog!

  5. George Broadhead 16 Sep 2009, 12:05pm

    Peter Tatchell has written:

    “This anti-gay hatred is inflamed by Jamaica’s fire and brimstone
    Christian churches. The local Anglican archbishop, Drexel Gomez, is a vociferous opponent of gay human rights.”

    Having read a report about churches in Jamaica – see extract below – I would go further and say that the churches are *the* principal source of homophobia on the island and more culpable than politicians and pop stars who probably belong to them anyway.

    “There are many Christian churches in Jamaica. So much so that Jamaica holds the dubious record in the Guinness Book of Records with the most churches per capita mile. You can find Church of God, Seventh Day Adventist, Pentecostals and Baptist. The migration of people of East Indian & Middle Eastern descent brought Hinduism and Muslim to Jamaica. Recently the Mormon cult has set up temples in Jamaica, as they have recently allowed
    blacks to hold positions in their organization.

    Recent years have marked the rise of the fundamentalists, hand- clapping,gospel-shouting sects led by voluble aggressive preachers.”

  6. Christina Engela 16 Sep 2009, 1:28pm

    When are the countries who claim to support human rights and the so-called “sanctity of human life” going to put their money where their mouths are and boycott and impose sanctions and other economic penalties on this vile little nest of hatred?

    Some have said that doing so will “make things worse” for the pink community on Jamaica – but I don’t see how – they are already having a genocide.

    By the definition of the US State Depts report on the stages genocide, the armed militias flocking to attack gay people already define just that – genocide. The UN should be looking into this.

    Genocide doesn’t just become ‘common assault’ just because it is taking place one victim at a time.

    Is the situation not similar in Iran and Iraq? When last has anything been said about that? Why is nothing appearing in the straight press? Why are the world’s governments not outraged by this senseless and vicious slaughter?

    Or is it not worth bothering about simply because it is “only” gay people who are the victims?

    Will there have to be a global pink holocaust first?

    Are we not already in the beginning stages of one?

  7. Why isn’t Stonewall leading a boycott?? We need a gay rights group with teeth!

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  9. Its a shame we didnt feel such rage when it happend right here

  10. Jamaica has always been the center of Caribbean homophobia.

    Shortly before I left Jamaica as a amall boy in the early 60s I remember my closeted gay Uncle being beaten unconscious by a group of homophobic boys behind the local police station. Though there was a lot of noise nobody came to his aid. At the time his lover was one of the police officers who was inside the station. He openly denied all knowledge of my Uncle. A few years later this officer was later murdered in a crime labeled “non-homophhobic”.

    Until we realize these “fire & brimstone” preachers (who are frequently adulterers, practice incest or are closet gays themselves) are ousted, Jamaica will never climb out of their small-minded Neanderthal lives.

  11. Eagle Ashcroft 17 Sep 2009, 6:25am

    I sent the Jamaican embassy in DC a real nasty email, but it came back that it was undelivered, and the truth is they probably read it and sent it back to me. I may send another letter by the US mail and call them some real choice names as well as Nazi terrorist. I told them in the email they were terrorist and the US should bomb their island. I’ll tell them the same in a letter to them, but in the letter tell them the US needs to bomb all their nazi churches. This really has got me steamed up because I have in the past belonged to some militant gay groups and I was out front challenging so-called-straights to a fight and often ran down the street chasing them ready for a fight. In those days I was pretty much into the martial arts and often beat their asses and sometimes they landed in the hospital and all of the gays thought I was their hero, but I was just doing my duty giving the “straights” a dose of their own gay bashing.

  12. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Sep 2009, 12:51am

    Paul:

    Do you mean that you witnessed your uncle getting a beating when you were a boy? Seeing someone you know and love being kicked around is horrific…like the scene in Brokeback Mountain…especially when someone could have helped him and nobody did.

    How revolting. That image will surely follow you throughout your life. I’m so sorry and I empatize with you, really.

  13. Robert, ex-pat Brit 19 Sep 2009, 7:38pm

    Of course, apologists would argue that its the fault of British colonialism for exporting homophobia to Jamaica and to other former colonies, true to some extent, but at least India dragged intself kicking and screaming into the 21st century back in July and decriminalised “homosexuality”. I hate that word. Jamaica will never amount to anything, its a failed nation and religious cults are the reason why its so regressive and retarded in its thinking. I think Jamaica should be booted out of the commonwealth altogether and aid stopped immediately, aid I might add that many Jamaican homophobes maintain that we owe them for having colonised and pillaged them. Its the same old mantra every time something goes awry in that hell hole of an island. Yet they still want to migrate to the mother country and elsewhere.

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