According to an anti-gay activist from Massachusetts, Jamaicans should know better than to repeal their sodomy provision, as supposedly it would end freedom of speech and lead to a surge of sexually transmitted diseases.
The founder of MassResistance, Brian Camenker, was the keynote speaker at an event organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society in the Jamaican capital’s Emancipation Park on December 10. The organization has led a campaign to preserve the sodomy provision—known locally as the “buggery law”—following Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s suggestion just before her 2011 election that she might allow a vote on its repeal.
Camenker described a series of events that he said flowed from the decriminalization of sodomy in Massachusetts, including the “indoctrination” of children in schools and the suppression of religious people opposed to LGBT rights.
“I am here to warn you that [repeal of the buggery law]will have terrible consequences,” Camenker said, according to a video of the event uploaded by MassResistance on Saturday. “A law that contradicts God’s law is the beginning of a slippery slope that you cannot imagine.”
Camenker has previously accused LGBT activists of borrowing techniques from the Nazis and imposing laws reminiscent of Jim Crow segregation.
“If you think it can’t get worse, think again,” he said, saying that protections for transgender students in schools were the latest order from “the radical homosexual movement.” He claimed, “Students or teachers who disagree can be punished—it’s madness!”
MassResistance is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and in Kingston, Camenker denounced efforts to ban treatments designed to turn LGBT children straight.
Camenker also refuted the notion that homophobia was the main cause of violence against LGBT people. “You’ll hear a lot of talk about violence against gays; what they don’t tell you is that it’s predominantly from other gays,” Camenker said.
“The repeal of the buggery law is being sold to you in a very slick and dishonest way,” Camenker concluded. “They say [repealing]it is about freedom and tolerance and anti-violence… That’s what we were told too, but it’s ultimately about tyranny and an increase in diseases and the loss of your freedoms. I hope that you in Jamaica can use our experience to your advantage. As Martin Luther King said in his famous ’Letter from [a]Birmingham Jail,’ a law that doesn’t square with God’s law is no law at all.”
“We are speaking the truth under the stars before this country; it is being broadcast over the air,” he said. “Our hands will not have the blood of the generations of children who may be living in a country where there is no freedom of speech, no freedom of conscience, and one has to bow and cow-tow to a sexual rights agenda. You have been warned.”