Friday, May 27, 2011

What's in the news here in Belize?

Homosexuals are fighting for their rights here in Belize...according to what we have heard from the friends who mentioned this to us last night this will be a nasty battle that could turn bloody.  There are those who claim that foreigners are forcing their agenda on Belize.



This graphic shows a poll that was taken by one of the newspapers here in Belize and here is an article from this week's paper:

Belize churches join GOB in court battle against homosexuals

Posted: 22/05/2011 - 10:46 AM 
Author: Adele Ramos - adelescribe@gmail.com 


The Belize Association of Evangelical Churches and the Council of Churches have applied through heavyweight attorneys, Rodwell Williams, SC; Eamon Courtenay, SC; Jackie Marshalleck, Christopher Coye, and M. H. Chebat, to join forces with the Government of Belize in defense of Belizean laws against sodomy—laws which are being challenged in court by Caleb Orosco and the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), an organization which Orosco leads.

Belize’s criminal code calls for imprisonment for 10 years for persons who have intercourse “against the order of nature” with a person or animal, once they are convicted of the act. UNIBAM is challenging the constitutionality of the law.
  
UNIBAM is represented by Lisa Shoman, SC, and is supported by the International Commission of Jurists, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and the Human Dignity Trust, as interested parties. These agencies have hired two other attorneys to litigate against the government: former Belize Attorney General, Godfrey Smith, SC, and former British Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, QC.
  
The churches made the application last week to join the Attorney General of Belize, whom UNIBAM is suing over homosexual rights, to defend the laws currently outlawing sodomy. The churches are seeking to be added as an “interested party” in the Supreme Court case, to be heard on July 13.
  
According to the joint press release from the churches on Wednesday, May 18, “This [UNIBAM] lawsuit was filed to establish a new ‘right’ to engage in homosexual acts in Belize. In every country that has granted a new ‘right’ to homosexual behavior, activists have promoted and steadily expanded this ‘right’ to trump universally recognized rights to religious freedom and expression.”
  
They also say that this “homosexual agenda” demands that same sex marriage be recognized.
  
The press release further states that, “This advocacy group has been heavily influenced by foreign interests who seek to impose a worldview that directly contradicts the supremacy of God as reflected in our laws, challenges our national sovereignty, and threatens our very way of life, not least by targeting our children.” (The full press release appears elsewhere in this edition of Amandala.)
  
May 17 is dubbed International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by those who support homosexual, bisexual and transgender persons (those who identify themselves as a gender other than their biological sex, such as a man assuming a female identity).
  
Amandala has given the public a chance to have a say through our online poll, atwww.amandala.com.bz.
  
The question of legalizing homosexuality, and particularly sodomy, is very controversial, and one that many people feel very passionately about. This is reflected in the record number of hits to our poll this week.
  
The poll question was: Do you believe homosexuality laws, including sodomy, should be erased off the law books or repealed, so as to legalize same sex relations and marriages in Belize?
  
At press time this evening, there were over 2,000 votes – 73% disagreeing with the notion that the laws should be changed to accommodate the UNIBAM agenda to abolish laws against homosexuality.


5 comments:

  1. I know this isn't politically correct, but I'm glad to see that we can abide by the morals of olden days. For lack of a better way to phrase it. I don't believe that they should be judged or mistreated or whatever, but I am so tired of those who compromise their beliefs and morals to be politically and socially accepted. I do understand the need to not pass judgement and give them the same rights, but... sigh... such a heavy subject!

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  2. I understand how you feel, Petula. I debated about posting this story. It is such a heavy subject. My prayer is that Belizeans will do what is best for their country and fellow citizens and that no one is abused or mistreated in the process.

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  3. We all have to suck it up and just stand for what is Biblical. I am a big chicken that likes to stay way in the back ground, so I have to remind myself of this constantly.
    I pray Belize stands for strong morals.

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  4. the issue of legalizing people's sexuality is definitely an issue that is being discussed in all parts of the world. it's unfortunately that so many people are being mistreated due to their sexuality. it is not up to us to judge!

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  5. The Belizean churches stance is against what their superiors (the Pope, various bishops) have recently stated: that even though they may be against the idea of homosexuality spiritually, homosexuals should NOT be prosecuted for what the do consensually, in private. The Belizean churches are spreading ignorance and fear: they should focus on protesting issues that are really harming Belizeans, such as murder, rape, robbery, and violence.

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