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U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country’s colonial era law banning homosexual activity.

The conference, organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association, was aimed at developing strategies to lobby against a proposed repeal of the anti-gay law.

Andrea Williams

Andrea Williams

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who said prior to her election in December 2011 that “no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation,” has suggested that repealing the anti-gay law might come before the nation’s Houses of Parliament, but her government has yet to take any action.

Jamaica has been described by some human rights groups as the most homophobic place on Earth because of the high level of violent crime directed at LGBT people. The U.S. Department of State said that in 2012, “homophobia was widespread in the country.”

On Saturday, Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Naperville, Ill.-based group, Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), warned conference attendees not to “sit idly by as so-called ‘LGBT activists’ manipulate words and laws to achieve dominance in your country.”

LaBarbera reiterated the anti-gay propaganda that has formed the basis of his group’s message: “Homosexuals are made, they’re not born.”

“The dirty little secret that the media and homosexual activists are desperate — desperate — to squelch is that people are coming out of homosexuality every day,” said LaBarbera. “This is the work of God, this is the work of Jesus,” he added, referring to so-called gay-to-straight conversation therapy endorsed by his group.

LaBarbera, whose AFTAH organization has been labeled an anti-gay “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), also told the conference audience that he was working on a book on the connection between “homosexual activism and pedophiles.”

He said that after winning rights like marriage and protection for gay kids in schools, “homosexual” activists were now championing the rights of MAPS, or “minor-attracted persons.”

Also attending the conference was Andrea M. Williams, founder of U.K.-based Christian Concern, who — citing last week’s announcement by British Olympian Tom Daley that he was dating a man — said gay people are not born with same-sex attraction, that it is often “caused” by “the lack of the father,” and “sometimes a level of abuse,” suggesting a link between Daley’s father’s death and his same-sex attraction.

“He [Daley] was loved by all the girls and had girlfriends, until he lost his father to cancer just a few years ago and he’s just come out on YouTube that he’s in a relationship with a man, that man is 39, a leading gay activist in the States,” she said.

Williams urged Jamaicans to turn down aid from countries such as the U.S. and those in Europe who support LGBT rights.

“Might it be that Jamaica says to the United States of America, says to Europe, ‘Enough! You cannot come in and attack our families. We will not accept aid or promotion tied to an agenda that is against God and destroys our families… If you win here, you will have an impact in the Caribbean and an impact across the globe.”

Jamaican Justice Minister Mark Golding told conference attendees that he hoped to raise the issue of maintaining the ban as part of a broader review of the Jamaica’s sexual offenses law.

LaBarbera isn’t the only American spreading the anti-LGBT message overseas.

“As American groups opposed to LGBT rights are increasingly finding American audiences less receptive to their message, they are moving instead to spread their noxious propaganda overseas,” said Heidi Beirich, who heads the SPLC’s Intelligence Project.

Anti-LGBT groups, including the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, have been active in Belize to support its law criminalizing gay sex. That law is currently being evaluated for its constitutionality by Belize’s highest court.

And in recent years, Scott Lively — a Springfield, Mass., evangelical pastor who runs Abiding Truth Ministries — has traveled to Uganda, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus to meet with politicians and church leaders, fostering talk of new curbs on LGBT rights.

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56 more reader comments:

  1. we need to charge these activist with crimes against humanity asap

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:17am
  2. Take your shit back home!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:18am
  3. You’re going to go to nowhere. Ignorants

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:18am
  4. Yeah HATE CRIMES!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:19am
  5. Ass lips!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:19am
  6. Uneducated fools. Wonder what its like to be stupid? How’s that workin for ya?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:19am
  7. arm up poofs use a maccette…muslims can…. get even

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:20am
  8. In Jamaica he has a homophobic audience. They think nothing of killing gays in Jamaica.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:22am
  9. The fear of the unknown. What a sad situation. I would never go there.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:29am
  10. I pray Jesus demands an explanation to these failed “Christians”.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:33am
  11. So their hate doesn’t sell in their perspective countries now they spread in in another country? Hell will have a special place for them both.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:33am
  12. he’s not man enough to be with a man ;)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:34am
  13. Jamaica should be wiped off the map

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:38am
  14. The blood will be on their hands.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:48am
  15. HA! They had to go to a homophobic little shithole island because they know they can’t get by with it in an intelligent society. Psychopaths.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:51am
  16. So the best course of action is to present a xenophobic point of view against an entire island of people to counter act the homophobic point of view of the man visiting it. Is this like math where if you multiply two negatives you get a positive?

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:02pm
  17. That Xenophobic point of View is what caused the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Not Homosexuality. Porno Pete's Paranoia along with his hate group they demonstrate a lack of faith in God by their lustfully hateful reaction to the LGBT Community.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:31pm
  18. damn

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:59am
  19. it is kind of like Mecca for homophobes.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:59am
  20. Its sad that people can be narrow-minded,only thinking love exists in only one particular way and when they do tolerate it they still use hetreosexual stereotypes….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:15am
  21. Think about all the gay kids who will suffer because of those assholes… Fuckin devils!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:20am
  22. Spreading hate is the same as being for hate crimes. They should be held accountable for all hate crimes.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:30am
  23. jail him for 7 years for hooliganism and social hate…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:36am
  24. Hate mongers!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:09am
  25. Sad people!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:37am
  26. Homophobs are the same everywhere.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:11am
  27. May be it would be better to spend the money on something that can help somebody? Like food stamps..perhaps..?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:18am
  28. Intolerant & uneducated twats why choose a shitty little back water place to spout their bigotry & hatred maybe he should of gone to Russia instead of Jamaica with all the other bigots & heads of states who don’t speak out against oppression & fear in both Russia & Jamaica

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:47am
  29. These people pervert their own faith by spewing hate mongering…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:02am
  30. Stupid assholes

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:09am
  31. vote them out..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:44am
  32. The Queen’s Elizabeth, not a drag queen ;) youngest son is gay, isn’t he? Gosh, do I ever hate homophobic stupidity. Bugger!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:02am
  33. The supposed ‘war on faith’ is not perpetuated by those who oppose certain tenets of Christianity or those who are non-Christian but by those who use literalism of the Bible to drum up support as a form of warmongering against the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ does not draw these lines in the sand against religion. Our rights should be secular which is the right of everyone not the supposed privilege few. They feel they have lost their war at home now need to be mercenarily starting the battle in other territories to satisfy their bloodlust for hatred.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:10am
  34. Isn’t it pathetic that these ignorant creatures have to resort to foreign countries with lower socioeconomic statuses in order to find an audience?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:02am
  35. Shoot him

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:16am
  36. Fundamentalist Bigots!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:27am
  37. So how people make themselves straight???? Hmmm…. God is a creation in the way people use his existence in explaining things….if God exists he would want everyone to love another….I was raised Catholic but I do not agree with the phobias made by church, never was and never will….I do not care who marries whom and sexual orientation of my neighbor is not my business or anyone else, because everyone should have the right to follow their hearts….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:29am
  38. The blood of many are on their hands. Not in deed, but certainly in intent.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:34am
  39. This man is a misguided idiot and probably a child of satan put here to cause fear.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11:34am
  40. I agree this guy is a total asshole, but what I came away from this with was pure shock. I swear, this is like an entire conference of villainy, with them all sitting around, twirling their evil goatees, fiddling with their monocles, and deciding on ways to torture and oppress LGBTQ people. I mean…who does that?! Why can’t they just leave the LGBTQ community alone?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:12pm
  41. Spreading hate in Jamaica is like talking shit about carbs at a bake off. It’s just not right.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:01pm
  42. Closet case!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:46pm
  43. To be a TRUE Christian is to love all mankind, how can they claim to be with such hatred in their hearts

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:07pm
  44. Only insecure men spread words of anti – love Gay

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:22pm
  45. Oh the babble he is insecure

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:22pm
  46. ugh! lets go homophobic-phobic… may be thats needed a while…

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:28pm
  47. Cant they just be shot dead?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:41pm
  48. So sad so sad

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:45pm
  49. Let them say we don’t want aid!!! But we know that’s the government and not all the people so good people will suffer cause of these horrid people.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:07pm
  50. jamacia does NOT need more hate hompphobia in jamaiaca is VERY wel lknown attacks on suspected gays are common….andBTW…not just gays…..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:45pm
  51. Honey, I was born gay; you had to learn to hate.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:33pm
  52. Like Jamaica needs any help to be a hate filled toilet. I wonder if LaBarbarbie knows he’s advocating economic suicide for these people?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:00pm
  53. European’s have done this shit for year’s, and this is why African continents are fucked up known.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:10am
  54. Enough already and leave us alone!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:55am
  55. It is not the “work of Jesus” or the “work of God”. It just is human ignorance, callousness, lack of education, and despicability.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:25am
  56. sickness

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:42am