The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth. – Anthony Kennedy
Free speech is still a right in Jamaica but not so under the present fascist Gaystapo British regime
How anti-gay Christians are denying us freedom of speech
Freedom of speech is at the core of democracy in the free world. We all have a duty to uphold free speech as without it democracy ceases to exist.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, states: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’
However, it seems some groups in our society constantly speak about free speech, not because they care about democracy, but to victimize themselves for their own political gain.
In Jamaica anti-gay groups like the Love March Movement and the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society constantly champion activists who are now considered Christian ‘martyrs’ (such as Harry Hammond in the UK who was arrested for protesting with an anti-gay placard). They claim the LGBT movement is ‘fascist’, intolerant of dissent and will seek to ‘lock up Christians’ for ‘hate speech’ if the island’s anti-buggery law is repealed.
But are Christians in the anti-gay movement really committed to free speech for all or just their own right to freely advocate for laws to raid the bedrooms of homosexuals?
From 27 to 30 May it was argued in Jamaica’s Supreme Court during Maurice Tomlinson’s recent case against the television stations that the buggery law makes homosexuality illegal and thus it is illegal to broadcast an advertisement promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians.
The ‘Love’ March Movement afterwards claimed the buggery law ‘guides our media-houses’ and ‘we should pray that our media will never be hijacked by the gay agenda’.
Even if the television stations have the right to refuse Mr Tomlinson’s advertisement on the grounds they have a right to their property does it mean it is illegal to ever advocate for tolerance of homosexuals in the media? If this is already illegal for television, will I be hauled to prison for voicing my opinion on the issue in the newspaper? This law created to criminalize anal intercourse is now used by Christian activists to suggest a repeal of it will lead to an infringement on their free speech. But, ironically, we see this happening to gay rights activists instead.
Cases from other countries also prove that the anti-gay movement is more interested in victimizing themselves to achieve political gain rather than showing interest in protecting free speech without bias.
In Nigeria very recently, a law was passed to ban same-sex marriages. But it also ended up criminalizing the formation of organizations promoting gay rights with prison terms for up to 10 years for offenders.
The same thing is about to happen in Uganda where American Christian missionaries sparked the creation a bill currently before parliament which would sentence anyone ‘promoting homosexuality’ through internet, mobile phones or films to a maximum of seven years in prison with the death penalty for repeat offenders.
On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO, 17 May) this year, thousands of Orthodox priests in Georgia rioted and threatened to lash gay activists with stinging nettles during a peaceful demonstration.
Christian church leaders rioted and claimed ‘Democracy doesn’t include immorality’. As the violence continued gay activists, some injured, had to be packed in buses by police to escape the anti-gay Christians; members of a religion which claims free speech comes from God. If this ever happened in Jamaica to anti-gay protestors, it would be treated as the Christian Holocaust.
Russian also police last month arrested 30 gay activities in central Moscow using a law banning so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ for protesting against the city’s ban on gay pride. Vyacheslav Slyusarev, head of a Russian LGBT rights group, was fined 30,000 rubles ($900, €740) during a one man demonstration under the same law after protesting an extremist anti-gay group. The Russian parliament even unanimously passed a law in June to fine and shut down any organization promoting gay rights.
These are whole countries which criminalize speech for LGBT rights groups. But anti-gay Christian groups remain deafeningly silent. Why? Is it tacit support for such laws?
Wimbledon tennis preacher arrested for gay hate
An extremist homophobic Christian preacher was arrested for calling gay people ‘sinners’ during the international tennis event Wimbledon.
Tony Miano, 49, an American evangelist, was held for around six hours in a police station after ranting about ‘sexual immorality’ on the south-west London street.
In a statement made to Gay Star News, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called to Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19, at approximately 16.40 on Monday 1 July following reports of a man speaking through a public address system who was alleged to have made homophobic comments.
‘Officers attended and arrested the man, aged 49, on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act.
‘He was taken to a south-west London police station and spoken to by officers before being released with no further action later the same day.’
In a video posted to YouTube, a police officer can be seen approaching Miano and going head-to-head in a verbal rally over whether the preacher’s anti-gay remark-laden speech had contained anything homophobic.
He can be seen trying to defend himself with a young boy called Alistair, who was giving out leaflets to promote one of Miano’s sermons.
‘Homophobic would somehow mean that I am afraid of homosexuals, and I love homosexuals,’ he says. ‘I want them to turn from their sin and put their trust in Christ.’
Miano then says during his time at the police station he was questioned about his Christianity.
‘He asked me, among other things, whether I believed homosexuality was a sin,’ Miano said, according to The Telegraph.
‘The two final questions were, “Do you believe you are 100% right in what you did today?” I answered yes, and “If you were to go back there tomorrow, would you do the same thing again?” to which I also answered yes.’