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As far as I have been able
to ascertain, and I have
been following the LGBT
controversy closely, no one and
no group has advocated for
LGBT marriage, only that peo-
ple born LGBT be afforded the
same basic civic human rights
as are guaranteed to anyone
else who is a citizen of this
Marriage tends to be a reli-
gious rite and it is up to any
religious group to allow or for-
bid anything that is against
The Catholic Church and
their archbishop have the per-
fect right to forbid it in their
If you are a Catholic, and a
truly-believing Catholic, you
must obey the doctrines of the
Catholic Church. As our Con-
stitution guarantees freedom of
religious belief, no law should
interfere with that.
Most of those arguing against
the decriminalisation of LGBT
argue against "gay marriage,"
which no one has even asked
for, for goodness sake.
This is what is known as a
"straw man" argument. You
make up an extreme argument
which does not exist anywhere
else, then argue against it. It is
known as a method of "dis-
honest argument" which UWI
students are taught in the sur-
vey course they have to take
and study in the textbook
Straight and Crooked Thinking
Perhaps that is why educated
people don t use it.
The same tactic was used
years ago against miscegena-
tion...the intimate relationship
between people of different
races, which, if still on the law-
books, would mean what is
possibly half of the population
of T&T, including my children,
grandchildren and great-grand-
child, never having been born.
T&T would be a far poorer
society without them.
At one time there was a law
against the Shouter Baptist reli-
gion, and thankfully that was
repealed as well.
Isn t it about time we
adhered to the UN Convention
on Human Rights so that our
envoys, including our Prime
Minister, are not embarrassed
before the whole world, which
now knows that, although we
have ratified the convention, we
are not fully adhering to it?
T&T, with this exception has
a proud and worthy record as a
country that has an enviable
record of human rights.
The nation seems to be at a stale-
mate now with the locking of
horns between the PM and Dr K.
Dr K in a practically one-man
show has taken on the Government,
unrelenting in his hunger strike, in-
sisting he does not want to die but
when his body relents, he insists
they can do whatever they want
with him then. He has been on his
hunger strike for 21 days now, his
life hanging precariously in the bal-
The nation is watching on help-
lessly, many civil and religious
groups coming out frantically from
the woodwork to save this man.
The PM and her Cabinet insist
they can do nothing, the matter is in
the hands of the court.
However in the midst of this ar-
gument, the highway's construction
is proceeding and the controversial
highway would most likely have
been built or almost completely
built by the time the matter comes
up in the Privy Council. So herein
lies the truth. Where really is the
justice in this so-called hearing by
the Privy Council and how could the
PM stand foolishly by and argue
As a leader and a woman where
is her compassion?
As a leader of a nation, where is
her sense of compromise, negotia-
tion and fair play?
As a human being, where is her
Does she not realise that by step-
ping forward and stepping out of
the Cabinet prison, by simply having
some form of dialogue, she will win
worlds of admiration, respect and a
renewed sense of hope from not
just her supporters but all those
looking and waiting to see what she
will do next, which may very well
determine her votes in the next
And if solely from a strategic
point of view, then it is her best op-
tion. She has nothing to lose but
everything to gain.
So let us not tighten the reins of
stubbornness and tyranny, but shed
our heartlessness and open a win-
dow of enlightened thinking and
progressiveness with dialogue.
Ithink that it won't be wise for the Gov-
ernment to bow to the shenanigans of
The Government will be setting a bad
precedent if he adheres to his pressure
tactics to get his own way.
It may seem to be a noble thing to do
but he is behaving like a child trying to
get his own way by rebelling. If he
chooses not to eat that's his privilege
and right not to do so.
The Government also has the right to
carry on with their project that will ben-
efit the people of T&T.
No man is an island and no one should
stand in the way of progress for their
own selfish means.
I support the Government on their
stand and hope that they don't bow to
pressure from Dr Kublalsingh or any
other group who would use his fast to
gain political mileage.
If they give in to this farce it will show
weakness and others will follow and try
to make it impossible to get anything
done which would benefit our citizens.
Let him fast if he wants to; it's just a
Brooklyn, New York
FULL SUPPORT ON LGBT RIGHTS NEEDED SIDEWALK SNAG
A homeless man lies in the middle of the pavement near the Frederick
Street and Independence Square intersection in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday.
Homeless people lying all over the capital city are still a common sight.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Unwise for Govt to bow under pressure
Locking of horns between PM and Dr K
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