“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me”.
……Martin Niemöller (about the Nazis) …..
LETTER OF THE DAY – Bain Dismissal Disturbing
Published: Wednesday | May 21, 2014 25 Comments
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I find the issues surrounding Professor Brendan Bain’s dismissal as the leader of CHART to be most disturbing for several reasons. First, Professor Bain has given his life to conducting research in the area of HIV/AIDS and caring for persons living with the diseases.
In fact, in a recent statement, the Medical Association of Jamaica publicly recognised that Professor Bain’s “pioneering work in Jamaica and the region on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS since 1983 has been to the benefit of many doctors, thousands of patients and their families, irrespective of their affiliation and status”.
Who then is more qualified to give a scientific opinion on the matter? Instead of name-calling and indignation, can the LGBT lobby present scientific evidence contrary to the professor’s opinion?
Second, it is outrageous that the LGBT lobby should act in the capacity of ‘thought-police’ by trying to enforce sanctions for a man’s opinions rather than his actions and the quality of his work. This is truly terrifying.
Finally, the involvement of J-FLAG in such an effort is very peculiar and highly controversial. How can they be calling for the professor’s dismissal while party to a claim currently before the Supreme Court of Jamaica addressing the same issues? Isn’t this severe intimidation?
The university’s decision has serious implications for our freedom of thought, conscience and speech. Professor Bain gave his opinion as a result of scientific fact, not his religious faith. Either way, I am sure all well-thinking Jamaicans would agree that he should be free to express both and retain his job as long as he carries out his professional duties.