COMMENTARY: Mr. Minister of Education, what are your concerns about homosexuality?

At the end of the last academic year, Dominica News Online (DNO) reported that the Minister of Education, Petter Saint-Jean,  in an address, stated that he was going to carry out an investigation  with the intention of curbing the spread of homosexuality in the Dominica schools. We were pleased when CHAP Dominica Chapter responded to his statement appropriately, and asked for his reason for having this as a primary concern, to which, to our knowledge, there has been no response.

At the beginning of this academic school year we heard the minister of Education, in the media stating that he is going to carry out further investigations into  deviant behaviour and anti social behaviour in particular homosexuality in the schools in Dominica. Minority Rights Dominica (MiRiDom) repeats CHAP’s question to the Minister of Education, what is the reason for having homosexuality among minors as a primary concern?

Task Force:  When the Minister of Education states that he is going to put together a task force to investigate ‘anti social behaviour and in particular homosexuality’, this is where we have a problem.  Is the Minister picking on a minority and vulnerable population because he considers them to be ‘low picking Fruit’ – there fences are low? What he is in fact doing is psychologically bullying the students who may have homosexual tendencies and by extension encouraging others to physically bully them, by making the majority of the society who are not homosexual think that they could act out on homosexuals.  Please note Mr. minister that all Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual people are somebody’s children and they have brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends that are prepared to protect their own, and that whatever you do to the least of your brothers, that you do unto the others and yourself.  In short the Minister is setting the stage for deviant behaviour.  Justice Mr. Minister, Justice. You cannot have peace if you are not just.

Sexual Activity at an Earlier Age:  Surveys done here in Dominica and overseas have shown that humans are getting involved in sexual activity at an earlier age than the generations before. It should be the concern of the school administrators to deal with the stated situation, and to build and improve on the knowledge that is imparted in their Family Life/Sex education programs. Just as was done before, when they had to deal with the concern of teenage pregnancy and even with the prevention of STDs such as HIV, where a realistic view of the situation had to be embraced.

Public Opinion:  It was interesting that the DNO report on the minister’s recent statements received at least 90% condemnation, and the others who were trying to support it had little modern day reasoning on the matter.

Equal to Others in the Society:  Homosexuals, Lesbians and bi sexual people exist in every society, and that is a reality that we have to deal with – You have meet it there and you will leave it there. The Minister of Education should be forward thinking as to how to deal with the reality of homosexuality, and to make homosexuals feel like they are equal to others in the society, no less and no more. The Minister of Education is to ensure that at this point of our development that the students are awarded a learning environment where they feel safe, secure and comfortable not only to learn but to be encouraged to be creative. The students are to be granted the full extent of their Human Rights for the realization of the full extent of their potential at that stage of their lives. What is important is to encourage them to learn & achieve regardless of their sexual orientation, carrying out a ‘witch hunt’ on these young people is of no benefit to our educational progress.

Encouraging Achievement inspite of sexuality regardless of sexual orientation:  In our education system we aspire to create a product that could understand the teachings of Plato & Socrates, appreciate the works Michel Angelo, read the works of Rex Nettleford. They all made invaluable contributions to human development in the areas where they lived and beyond; they all became famous; they are all respected and it is said that they were all homosexuals. Even here in Dominica we have men of high repute and standing who make a valuable contricution in the society and  they are gay.

What is your concern about homosexuality Mr. Minister of Education? Please let us know.

MiRiDom (Minority Rights Dominica)

 

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82 Comments

  1. July 23, 2014

    Nobody said homosexuals never accomplish something great, make a significant contribution, or become famous.

    However, there have been bank robbers, murderers, rapists, arsonists, kidnappers, and blackmailers who have become artists, writers, inventors, military and political leaders. The fact that somebody has succeeded in their field and accomplished something great does not prove they have no strange and perverted twist in some area of their life. It seems incredible that somebody would think in such an irrational way when the evidence proves them wrong.
    But these people have no interest in even being objective. They are too lazy to make inquiry. So they simply sit down at their keyboard and start typing.

    Common sense should tell us that an individuals ability to succeed in some field of endeavour does not necessarily justify all else they do in life and every thing about them.

    If you knew the percentage of serial killers who have been homosexuals you would be shocked. I do know. But If I told you I expect you would not believe me. So I will let you do the research.

    Some of the most horrific and gruesome murders and cases of cannibalism in North American history have involved homosexuals. Again, you do the research.

    The numbers for these are disproportionate to the percentage of the population that is homosexual. But this is where intellectual honesty comes in with the ability to objectively research such a delicate subject.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  2. August 20, 2013

    People must shed this false belief that homosexuality hurts nobody. I continually read and hear that it is nobody’s business what two same sex people do in the bedroom as long as they hurt nobody else. 8-O

    Male homosexuals in Dominica have the highest rate of HIV/AIDS of any group of people in the country. It is the same in some other countries.

    Married men with children announce that they are “gay” and leave their families to live with men. I personally know of several such cases and have heard of others.

    I have known of two successful career ministers with children whose wives left them and the children to live with women.

    I had a friend who was married with two sons. He was a health care professional who worked in a hospital. He left his family and began dating men. I lost contact with him for years. Then I met him on a street in Toronto. He told me he was living with a male bank manager in Toronto’s gay village. My friend (yes, frend!) had left the Christian world behind and had no contact with people who would persecute him for his lifestyle. Apart from his work he had little to do with “straight” people and was completely submerged in the gay culture. I am a minister of the gospel and was reaching out to Charlie. When he invited me to his apartment to talk I didn’t hesitate to go. You can see I am not “homophobic”. I do not “hate” homosexuals. He told me he had absolutely no moral problems with homosexuality.

    Several decades past. My ministry had taken me to a different part of the country. Then one day I received the news through a mutual friend that Charlie had contacted AIDS and committed suicide. He didn’t take his life because he was mistreated by “homophobic” people. He took his life because he was overwhelmed by problems that are very much part of the homosexual liestyle. :cry:

    Please don’t say that homosexuality harms no one. My friend’s homosexuality cost him his life! It robbed his wife of her husband. It robbed his two sons of their father. It devastated his mother. It took a caring and successful health care professional out of the community. This is not an isolated case. It happens again and again. Multiply it a thousand times and then some. It is part of the life and culture that is called “gay”

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  3. July 9, 2013

    Am I reading this right? Is a homosexual lobby group actually challenging the Minister of Education’s concern about the spread of homosexual activity among students when such activity is illegal in his nation?

    The greatest argument against the deciminalization of homosexuality is the fact once homosexuality is decriminalized they will push for the legalization of same sex marriages and adoption rights. Then other special interest groups will argue on the basis of equality that their particular relationships should be given marital status. What about polygamy, adult-minor marriages, parent-adult child marriages, and brother sister marriages?

    The Minister of Education has every right to be concerned. Since same sex marriages have been approved in Canada we are seeing an incedible attack from hell in our schools. In Ontario elementary schools are being FORCED (yes, forced) to have an organization in each school that provides mandatory classes and lessons to teach that homosexuality is a normal, healthy, alternative lifestyle. This is complete with PICTURES and ILLUSTRATIONS of how gay couples have sex. Private schools and Christian schools are being FORCED to accept this program.

    I personally know of the following because I have spoken to the parents and the children. A nine year old boy came home from school and reported to his parents, “Today I learned all about being gay. The teacher taught us how to COME OUT.” A fourteen year old girl told her parents “Today I learned about sex between gays. They told (showed) us how two homosexual men DO IT and how lesbians DO IT.”

    We are also hearing from those who want pedophilia declared an “orientation” so it is protected by the same laws that now protect homosexuals. They are using the “equality” argument! And why not? Many pedophiles are saying it is the only orientation they have ever had. Psychiatr Does this sound familar? And guess what? Homosexual pedophiles are the hardest to cure and the most likely to re-offend. It should not surprise anybody that it is HOMOSEXUAL organizations that are lobbying to have the age of consent lowered or eliminated.

    Canada did not put the brakes on soon enough! First came decriminalization! Then legalization! Once the militant gay movement have the law on their side there will be no stopping them and they WILL target the schools.

    Please find out where your elected officials stand on the issues of decriminalization and legalization. Make it an issue. Get a commitment from them before election time. Vote for the candidates who stand for righteousness.

    I’m a Canadian. Why do I even care? Because we lost the battle in Canada (for the present) because we didn’t rally our forces soon enough. I see what is happening in Canada. I don’t want it to happen in Dominica or anywhere else in the Caribbean.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill,D.D., Pentecostal Evangelist. http://www.livinghopeministries.ca

    • August 26, 2015

      Knowledgeable people appreciate the Minister of Education being concerned about the spread of homosexuality among students.

      Those who are not concerned are those who do not know the facts or have no interest in them.

      The Bible forbids homosexuality in Romans 1:26,27, 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, 1 Timothy 1:9,10, and Jude vs.7. Because of this the Christian Church has taught that it is a sin for nearly 2,000 years. Nations with a Christian heritage have had laws against homosexuality for hundreds of years.

      However it is not for religious reasons only educated and caring people oppose homosexuality. It is an unhealthy lifestyle and this is why we want spare our young people.

      Homosexuals are more often depressed. They have a higher rate of alcoholism. Not having a flesh and blood family of their own they experience more loneliness in their senior years. They have a higher suicide rate. Studies show they tend to have a shorter life span.

      Continued … …

      • August 26, 2015

        Continuation…

        Homosexuals are more prone to violence. They are more frequently involved in crimes so gruesome the media will not publish the details or they do not reveal that the criminals were homosexuals for the sake of political correctness.

        The six worse serial killers in the USA were homosexuals. Two of them were cannibals and ate parts of their victims. A random sampling of 59 American serial killers after 1960 was collected and studied. Of these convicted murderers 39 were gay, 66%. These are not isolated stats but are consistent with other studies I have seen.

        The minority of the population that is homosexual is between 1% and 5% but it accounts for about a third of child molesters and accounts for between a third to two thirds of child rapes, and may be involved in up to half of all murders.

        These figures have been taken from studies published on the internet.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  4. iyetto alkebulan
    October 13, 2012

    Are we not all God children.If he god create us in his image then our sisters & brothers who are Lesbeians& Gays then its God fault.we all know that we hv seen little brothers @ a very small age where there is a large family with mother and father & yet we know they wer defernt fr us.in those days we cal them anti man.2day they r called gays.Respect is my Greatest honour2humanity

  5. Anonymous
    September 25, 2012

    Dominica is a country where many married men step out boldly with their mistresses. Nobody condemns it. Nobody cuts them off their social circle. Men get women pregnant and do not marry them. It has become normal in Dominica. I am a woman who loves men. I could never be with another woman. But I am a sinner. So I refuse to judge others.

    • conscence found
      September 30, 2012

      You need to get saved and encourage others to repent and get saved. Then you will be playing a meaningful role instead of boasting that you are a disciple of satan.

  6. Vincy
    September 24, 2012

    Boy look thing. 90% of the people commenting here are either homosexuals or they will one day commit buggery. What a world we are now living in. Man dressing in women’s attire? Men trying to talk and walk like women? Men playing in pooh pooh? Aids will never stop spread with this sodomy life. All hell break loose. I wonder why so many people were against the gay ship the other day, and now they seem to love the session and way of life eh….nasty set of people. If this is the case, I no longer want a Dominican passport. Sorry I was born there.

    • concerned
      September 24, 2012

      Don’t be an IDIOT…OOPPS too late you already are….

  7. Time will Tell
    September 24, 2012

    which will it be…1) students progressing thinking of a positive future in a nuetral learning environment or 2) having my daugther come home from school saying a young girl touch her virgina in the bathroom…
    do you the readers and commenters know that in some local schools they have put security guards in the bathroom entrances…now which will get the students more distracted from their work..girls unaturally touching eachother or where students keep their feelings at home?…Jah Bless a Spiritual Nation!

  8. Anonymous
    September 24, 2012

    Why is it so hard to accept homosexuality is a sin? they were born so – well to my recollection I have never heard of any baby born with dicky bird inside another man pit toilet, muchless for a big man being born. i am sure it would have made the news. I am not homosexual. I am a woman born with very strong attraction to men. Does that make it right if I go sleeping round? Nobody is condemning people attracted to other people whether it is man or woman. All of us who fornicate know that it is wrong because the bible said so. We also know that homosexuality is wrong because the bible said so. So why is it that people are trying to promote it as good and natural. It is not. If I fornicate I would go to God with my head hanging in shame, confess my sins and try to live a pure and good life, and help society to overcome this sin. In the same way, homos having intimate relations should hang their head in shame, go confess and try to not let their urges take hold just as I have to not let my urges take hold. And I have never gone to work to advertise or make public that I am heterosexual. I wish homos would keep their orientation to themselves. It is not my business. Wonders happen when you are overwhelmed with the holy spirit. GOD FIRST!

    • DESIE
      September 24, 2012

      Amen sis

    • Freethinker
      September 24, 2012

      Why is it so hard? Because intelligent people have realized, for centuries now, that the bible is not and should not be a description of reality. That’s why. Even progressive/liberal Christians pretty much understand that, even though they still follow a loose version of the faith.

      • August 20, 2013

        For you who have a problem accepting the Bible as reality I recommend that you read

        CREATION by Grant Jeffrey, Ph.D.

        THE HANDWRITING OF GOD by Grant Jeffrey, Ph.D.

        GENESIS AND THE BIG BANG by Gerald Schroeder, Ph.D. Ph.D.

        THE PUZZLE OF ANCIENT MAN by Donald Chittick, Ph.D.

        THE SCIENCE OF GOD by Gerald Schroder, Ph.D.

        These books can be ordered from AMAZON, the world’s largest online bookseller.

        You say “progessive/liberal Christians” understand that they cannot accept the Bible as a “description of reality”?

        I am an ordained minister in the largest and fastest growing evangelical denomination in Canada. We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God.

        Several of the largest Protestant denominations in my country have moved away from the Bible. They no longer preach the gospel. They ordain homosexuals. Anybody can be a member.

        But these denominations are losing members every year. In spite of their liberal stance their congregations are losing the young generation and falling apart. I know of case after case where what was left of two or three congregations have joined together for survival and sold off the other building or buildings. They chose a new name for themselves and started over with their empty form of religion that is attracting nobody.

        But who is buying their old churches, these large stately houses of worship that were built during the better days of the Methodist revival? It is the Bible believing, gospel preaching, hand clapping, shouting, Bible thumping Christians who have outgrown their previous meeting places.

        Our inner city churches are growing. Many of them are holding two Sunday morning services to accomodate the people while they are building large meeting places. Our colleges and seminaries are are accredited degree granting institutions. Our kids leave the church for college or university and come back with degrees, often doctorates.

        Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. He taught that the scriptures of His day – the Old Testament – was the infallible Word of God. He also said He was the Savior of the world and the only way to heaven. This man prophesied His own death and told how He would die. He said He would rise again on the third day. Whe He stepped out of the tomb on Easter morning He validated ALL His claims!

        I invite you to vist my website http://www.livinghopeministries.ca and click on to SERMONS. Listen to my sermon MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS. In it I share some of the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I give the names of several lawyers who have said the evidence for the resurrection would stand up today in any modern court of law.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, D.D. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  9. concerned
    September 23, 2012

    I am so damn appalled at the ignorance of so called intelligent men and women in Dominica. I’ve got a question for this minister of education as to how he is going to curb homosexuality. Homosexuality is not a lifestyle anyone forces themselves into. Its a way of life.Its a natural thing. Persons are born gay and not something you wake up one day and decide to become.Wake up sir and smell the roses. Homosexuality is real and there is nothing you or anyone else can do to stop people from leaving their life. There are other things that needs to be addressed on an educational level rather than infusing yourself in peoples lifestyle. There are so many young people graduating high school with no sense of direction, have no idea how to face the real world , are not equipped to face the challenges that the real world offers. Lets address the fact that young people are also graduating high school yet are illiterate or even worse.Mr. Minister your focus should be directed at helping our young people prepare for a bright future by giving them the proper education they deserve and helping them prepare for real world challenges .Creating jobs for graduates… Securing scholarships for deserving graduates who desire to further their education. stop meddling in peoples personal lives and start focusing on important things.

    • MewMew
      September 24, 2012

      Nobody is born gay!

    • September 6, 2015

      Sorry to disagree with you. Homosexuals were not born that way. For more information please GOOGLE:

      Are Homosexuals Born that Way? Donald Hill. Interim. May 2000

      Please read the above article written by myself. It has been published by numerous newspapers and has gone around the world by internet.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, D.D., Evangelist.

    • September 6, 2015

      Those who do not support the Minister of Education’s concern about homosexuality in Dominica have not seen the larger picture of homosexuality, and have no understanding of the harm it does to its victims and to society at large.

      Those who are the most vocal in their defence of homosexuality are either homosexuals themselves OR
      have family members who are.

      Homosexuals often suffer bad health brought on by their same sex relationships and also have more mental health issues than straight people. They suffer more from depression, and have a higher rate of alcoholism. With no flesh and blood family of their own they experience more loneliness in their senior years, have a higher suicide rate, and a shorter life span.

      This is a legitimate concern for a Minister of Education or a Minister of Health. It should be the concern of
      every pastor, school teacher, and health care professional in the country. It is a concern to me as an international evangelist.

      Sincerely, Rev…

  10. Ointment
    September 23, 2012

    I appreciate the minister’s concern. The school children should behave as school childen. They need to concentrate on their school work. They should not be making out in the toilets. They should not be bullying their teachers. They should not steal. They should not be peddling drugs in or out of schools. They should not be having sexs for top up. The deviant behaviours are broad. But it get worse, when they are having sexs in the classrooms and toiets.
    I think MiRiDom should discuss their issues with Ambassador A as he is knowledgable.

  11. Anonymous
    September 23, 2012

    There is nothing wrong with the minister trying to correct wrong among school children. They need to concentrate on their school work. Thay should not be making out in the toilet. They should not be bullying the teachers. They should not be stealing. They should not be accepting top up for sexs. They should not be peddling drungs in or out of school. All those are some of the deviant behaviours.

  12. Soctrates
    September 23, 2012

    Why are we still having to discuss this? A man is born ‘gay’ homosexual. He grows up that way.He can supress it and live a supressed life. Taking a woman just to satisfy society and then wrecking both their lives.

    Fathers you can beat your son till the cows come home and force him to box and play football. And St. Jean, with his US copy cat religious fundamentalism, can send out his homophoblc forces.

    But you are only going to destroy creative and talented and productive young men with your stupidness. That is against all enlightened educational policy. Live and let live.

  13. Kurt Boyie
    September 23, 2012

    Not Worth a valid comment from me!
    Lets talk jobs and healthcare

  14. Sweet Carib
    September 23, 2012

    Vvery good article. The minister should be worried about excellent grades in school not about the gays. The gays are too busy fighting for their rights

  15. God's Servant
    September 23, 2012

    Please follow this link http://www.equip.org/articles/is-homosexuality-an-illness/
    You will notice what what we call our ‘evolving society’ has done. Homosexuality is sin and like every other sin, against God and man.

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2012

      100% support

  16. natural living
    September 23, 2012

    I agree with MiriDom, that focusing on one group could very well give another cause or reason to personally and violently attach (bully) others.

    Instead the Ministry of Education (and Health and Gender Affairs) should be focusing on addressing the issue of high sexually activities in schools. This is an issue everywhere, not just Dominica!!! Sex in school so high, it have it own name, SALT.

    And people, it is not just the Ministries that have work to do, we parents have to play our part!!! Is our children that out there having sex!!! We get what we raise!! We can’t expect Government to alway pass and fix our kids when we don’t raise them right!!!

    I not trying to bash no one, but it is what it is. If we give our kids the love, attention and respect that they need to grow and become independent human beings, listen to them, allow them the opportunity to speak and verbally express themselves to us (their parents), if we talk to our kids, instead of just hitting them, they really and truly will not have the need to “go and see what others doing”. They will know that their time for sex will come and there is no need to rush into it.

    Everyone who reads this and have kids. ask yourself “Am I raising my kid(s) right? Am I Talking to my kid(s)? Are my kids talking to me? How often do I show interest in what my kids like or want to do? How often do I sit with my kid to do homework or play a game or just watch TV? How often do I tell my kids “I love you”? And how often do my kids tell me “I love you mommy/daddy!”

    I’m sure as hell trying, I’m reading all I can find on raising kids and doing the above questions. If it is one thing I am going to do well on this earth– it is raise my kids well!!!

  17. ReeAreLeeTee
    September 23, 2012

    Committing homosexual acts isn’t just a sin, but it is an abomination onto God. We see where other wrongs done in the bible are described as sins and have punishments or famine, drought, skin diseases, ect., but homosexuality is always described as an abomination with a punishment of death.
    The new testament teaches forgiveness so we don’t go around killing homosexuals, but that doesn’t mean we should encourage homosexuality in our communities. Educating the youth about God and homosexuality is a good thing and it may be the minister’s task from God to do so; hence, he’s created his task force.

    Romans – With his usual intolerance, Paul condemns homosexuals (including lesbians). This is the only clear reference to lesbians in the Bible. 1:26-28

    Deuteronomy – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” 22:5

    Leviticus – Homosexual acts are an abomination to God. 18:22

    If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. — Lev.20:13

    There are many more examples with all describing homosexuality as an abomination onto oneself and God.

    • Compete
      September 23, 2012

      Punishment of death was man law. and Lying is also mentioned as an abomination.. you people read what you want. The bible is a collection of historical writings. have you studied its history? are you one of those “so i was told’

      if you didn’t read in a book that something is wrong, what else would you use to determine such?

      YOu would identify wrong as hurt acts to another. HOmosexually is not such..

      This debate is going nowhere. just live the gays. YOu believe that GOD gave people free will correct? So why do you want to take that away from them when it does not affect you?

      You all are bullies at hurt with a desire to control. Just like the Roman Catholic Church. Its all about control.

    • budman
      September 24, 2012

      where are the quotes that speak to fornication and men abusing their wives?

  18. BRAIN DAMAGE
    September 23, 2012

    “What is your concern about homosexuality Mr Minister of Education?”

    Mr. Minister.
    “I am very concern about the nastiness that is carried about by these unfunctionist who call themselves gay.

    It is my understanding that if this habit continues, the population of Dominica will be extinct, wiped out due to the malpractice of utilizing the tools that was given to Men of Dominica.

  19. out of south city
    September 22, 2012

    Society has gone insane! In the eyes of many, homosexuality is considered normal but this is just anti the creator’s order. How could we rise to conscious living according to the ways that our forefathers lived before they were invaded by Europeans, if we continue to accept such deviant behaviours as natural? Man and woman were created to have offspring. There is no way that two men or two women can have children. That is just against the order of the creator.
    There is order in the earth and the universe but man has tampered with and altered many things and have come against the laws of the creator. We must realise, as an African people, that this way of life was not practiced in Africa before the Europeans invade the continent. That kind of lifestyle was practiced in Greece and Rome and we have adopted it, just like we have adopted many other lifestyles of the Europeans.
    We need to get back to our roots and find out who we were as a people and apply these practices again. We never practiced incest, pedophilia, homosexuality and so on. We were never a savage and uncivilised people either, as the so-called history books made us to believe. Civilisation actually began in Africa and was copied by the Europeans. We were the first in everything and everything came from our great minds. We are truly a brilliant people but we need to know that. We cannot accept what the Europeans have told us about us. We need to know about our history through our own African historians.
    We have truly lost our sanity and have been practicing every known lifestyle under the sun. We have called right wrong, and wrong right. We have strayed as a people and need to be awakened. And guess what. Religion will not and cannot deliver us as a people because this is what has us in the mess that we are. Europeans have used religion to control our minds so that we would never know who we truly are as a people. I like quoting my brother, Bob Marley. “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”
    We are confused, divided and can’t get along. That’s exactly what religion has done to us. We need truth to deliver us and that truth is knowing who we are as a race of beople. Every other race knows who they are and where they originate. We, as Africans, don’t even know who we are. We don’t want to be known as Africans because we are ashamed due to all the negative connotations that have been planted in our minds.
    When we find out who we are and what we have contributed to the world, we would never practice the lifestyle of the European.
    Many will not accept the truth because with truth comes change. We do not like to leave our comfort zones and religion is part of that.

  20. Anonymouse
    September 22, 2012

    MiRiDom, CHAP (whatever that is), MBLA (Men Boy Love Assoc.) I see U left out transgender(wha happen you’all leaving dem behind), just leave the man alone, you all know what the man means, just stop it… you’ll still be able to enjoy life. Live a decent life, I doe know what all-u fraid. many effeminate men in our society have gone on to raise successful families, and moved on, I still doe kno what all-u fraid.

  21. Jean
    September 22, 2012

    As a teacher, I believe it is a very bad idea for teachers to teach students against homosexuality.
    This is for the preacher to do, it doesn’t work when teachers and police get involved, it has unintended consequences such as bullying and causing increased
    Aids with more secrecy.

  22. Be Real!
    September 22, 2012

    Why is this small population taking sooo much interest in this homosexual stuff?? This article is full of wholes!! Wrong on many points.
    We are a christian nation and as such we have been brought up to to believe that God created Adam and Eve. It is the natural progression onto procreation. How were they themselves conceived?
    Seems like somewhere along the line these beliefs have changed to support some men ways.
    Is no way Two men sleeping together can be right and I want my people to know that it does not matter how educated a person who tells you otherwise does not make it right.
    Today it like a sin or criminal to say in public that you are opposed to that life style.
    Dominica!! We are too small to be concerned about that, we have bigger fish to fry.

  23. angel
    September 22, 2012

    Mr.Minster start in your village doing that investigation if you have a problem with homosexuality start la plane cause if thats a problem its right under your bed……..so start there

  24. not memoire poule
    September 22, 2012

    Please DNO –This writer has similar right to respond like your writer given the ad lib freedom to expouse his well orchestrated familiar America based agenda .
    This is the American power of the maco agenda -the sodom ethos! –Is not DA declared a nation of God ? Are biblical priciples to be set aside as if it counts for nothing ?
    should all perverts have the right to control the discourse and pervert the pursuit of christain principles
    It is well known that the USA have plunged into the decadence and deviance due to the structure of control by the deviant exponents controlling the media who own TV MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS and radio stations and are in the cupboards coming out one by one .check CNN
    The policy to ensure like the muslim extremists that we must accept that a man and a man in a strange bizarre sex act which defies the continuation of society for which purpose the act of intimacy was created by the almighty is an extreme abuse of the intention of god to provide the world with an unending civilization through procreation .
    A family with a man and woman represents the elements and balance which God introduced with Adam and Eve .. to replace this with a manipulation of fancy words by the writer is an abomination .
    we are aware that the USA have invited the Caribbean media leaders and of Dominca to come to the USA all expenses paid at 5 star hotels and to be influenced in the Agenda to promulgate the inherant evil in redefining the family ..of which this fancy writer uses the same jargon and spiel .
    We know that the Governmnet of the USA in an attempt to blackmail poor nations into submission have declared that they will withhold Aid to those who DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE AGENDA of the gay rights
    We know that Dominca was forced as one of the few Caribbean nations last year to sign the gay rights UN DECREE.and that the representative of ST LUCIA was attacked for not complying. is amatter of time that thsi ridiculous dirty callous and abominable on the cuise ship at the bayfront be forced upon us by such as that writer of that article ..Domincans be warned !
    We have a bunch of “carpon” fraid they fraid church leaders singing for supper … you guys shout out !!!
    We know that people of the ilk of that writer is planted in Caribbean societies to confuse and intellectualize their dark agendas of influencing us to ignore our commitemnt to the christian biblical priciples of our fathers replacing it with the filth that we should indulge in the practice of the unnatuaral just to satisfy our animalistic passion !

    It cannot be good for the incoming generation to get confused about sexuality -a man in man relationship today and a man in dog or cat where does the boundary end ?
    This may be for good for the USA wherwe all are browbeaten into submission by the powers that be but here in DA we have virtue we have spiritual and christian values and we have a mind of our own

  25. beholder
    September 22, 2012

    Until your own soul is cleansed of hatred, fear and prejudice you can not know god. We are all mirrors for one another on this plane of existence. What you hate in another, you hate in yourself. Only love and compassion are the answer. This is what we should be teaching. This is what we should be learning. Everything else is backward.

  26. Cash de money
    September 22, 2012

    nasty business

  27. Murder homos
    September 22, 2012

    not in dominica

  28. Stupes
    September 22, 2012

    I want to know since when we have CHAP or MIRIDOM. Please come foward people of these organizations so we can know who you are.

    And what kind of minority do you represent? Chinese? Kalinago? Latino? Haitian? or just buggery?

  29. ya kill me si!!!
    September 22, 2012

    i am not supporting the act of homosexuality. according to the bible it is wrong.
    as for humanity rights,, gay are people and they need to be treated equally
    as to if i want my kids to be gay.. hell no
    if the law has to criminalize gay because it is biblically wrong, then it has to put us all in jail because i have a boyfriend. i am not married.
    u steal, commit adultry, lie, cheat, kill, hate
    prison wouldnt be able to hold us all.
    its a very sensitive topic. lets hope that this trend comes to an end. that gays turn from those ways. just the same way i see the right man and finally agree to get married so i would not comit fornication anymore.
    let us pray for them instead of discriminating them.
    positive vibes bring positive vibes.
    keep it real
    and i am a girl eh

  30. amazed!
    September 22, 2012

    Mr. minister, it would be more productive to create a task force to remove and rehab all these crack heads on the streets of DA. This is a major epidemic. Start nurturing positive ambitions and not ignorance. Whats next,religous rights?..FACIST!

  31. Guada
    September 22, 2012

    & look in Guadeloupe, marriage of gay couples soon, so it’s like home already; parents, educate yr kids about homosexuality, & what d bible says about it.

  32. Observer
    September 22, 2012

    It always amazes me how obsessed Dominican’s are with homosexuality yet tolerant of more debasing activities in the community. I would think taxes would be better spent educating youngsters against the current culture of drugs, guns, robbery, murder, laziness and ignorance. Educate and curb those who visibly chip away at the base of society through rape, underage sex, fathering of children outside marriage and abandonment. These are the things that are visibly damaging to society than what two people of the same sex may do in the privacy of their own home.

    Is it homosexuals that engage in the robbing, beating and murdering of tourists or people and businesses that are trying to raise prospects and standards on the Island? How about a Task Force to deal with these issues instead of freeing or bailing the perpetrators of these crimes. A task force that curbs youngsters from watching all those trashy American programs and culture that gets pumped through cable tv would go a long way with dealing with any problem with youth than trying to stigmatize or victimize a vulnerable minority.

    It’s a known fact that those who are obsessed by homosexuality are probably closet or latent homosexuals so it always makes me wonder whenever I see such articles and comments.

  33. miss. john
    September 22, 2012

    we need to go back to God word

  34. C
    September 22, 2012

    Thank you DNO for actually posting an article that MAKES sense.

    And in terms of the 90% stats and the issue raised in one of the comments: People are more likely to comment on something that angers them.

    For this article, the people angered are the ones who reject homosexuality. On a gay-bashing article – the ones that are angered are those that accept homosexuality.

    So the more sense an article makes, the more gay-bashing there’ll be in the comments. If you agree with this article and appreciate it- SAY IT TOO.

  35. law and Order
    September 22, 2012

    The education minister, concern should be about standards of education in our school not about sexual orientation, his ocncern should be about avoidance of bulling and the human rights of all young adults, the minister have just demonstrated his lack of intelligence on the subject. When people are unable to deal with the real issues they find minorities to bully. The aritcle is well written and a ray of light for Dominica.Too much religious bigotry nd hatred in Dominica.

  36. Saysay
    September 22, 2012

    I would like to know how is someone going to tell another person what their sexual orientation should be. I say to each his own.

  37. Cosco
    September 21, 2012

    This thinking that someone can make a man who likes women,turn into a man that like men, is a measure of a primitive society.

    and thats where Dominica is at. Its primitive and superstitious.

    the funny thing is that they spend most of their time trying to get out of DA to come to the US where I live, and be amonst the most homosexual population on earth. No amount of being around homos can turn me gay. And it doesnt affect my life, unless they are criminals or doing something that affects ME.

    It also is the most tolerant society and is a society where abuse of children, corruption and other crimes are dealt with harshly.

    and thats what matters.

    this will prob become another record breaking thread. all that fake bible nonsense. The society is eating up itself, and all they want to concentrate on is what people do sexually.

    well except the da society and all the bom everyon makin.

    Sacway sot !

  38. Humanist
    September 21, 2012

    I applaud the person/people who wrote this article. I am by no means a gay rights advocate, but who I am, is someone who understands and accepts people for who they are. In reality, I don’t understand the whole concept of homosexuality, but this is beyond the point. Homosexuals are people just like the rest of us (heterosexuals); they have jobs, families, they laugh, cry and experience all the other emotions that we do. I don’t understand why some people are concerned and get so worked up with what other people do in their personal lives. If two adults of the same sex are intimate with each other in the privacy of their home, does it have any adverse impact on the greater society? I don’t think it does. Besides religious perspectives (which is irrelevant), there are no logical reasons against homosexuality. I am saying that religion is irrelevant here because; there are many things that are condemned by scared texts, but yet still, they are not admonished in present day society. Examples of these include (Leviticus), do not wear clothes made from two different fabrics, and do not plant your field with two different grains. I think we’d all agree that it would be highly unpractical to abide with these laws. Scared texts also condemn lying and stealing, which are indeed wrong, yet still people never get so worked up about liars and thieves. You may be convinced that homosexuality is wrong, but at least respect the rights of others to express their freedom of choice. I think deviant behavior is beyond the scope of homosexuality. I agree, that school aged children should be encouraged to refrain from any type of sexual act, drug use and violence, since after all these can be detrimental to their futures. Encouraging homosexuals to suppress their feelings can lead to no good. In the past this has manifested in different forms, suicide and divorce are just to examples. There are many stories of homosexual teenagers who commit suicide because of bullying . Then there are divorces which result when one partner, who was gay, all along, attempted marriage as a way to fit in. Homosexuals are part of life, and most likely (at least outside of D/ca), we have to interact with them, at work, at social gathering etc. Just because you don’t agree with or understand something, doesn’t give you a right to discriminate or threaten others who engage in it. Can we just be nice and accept each other, it is the right thing to do. :lol:

  39. MaryJo
    September 21, 2012

    My concerns about homosexuality are that older men in society are raping our little boys from very tender age. Their first experience is what they take to be normal, therefore I am urging the authorities to do something about child molesters. Stop waiting till its late then talking about investigating homosexuality, waste of breath if you ask me.

  40. the bible
    September 21, 2012

    a lot of us are hyprcoite doing like being gay is the olny sin on the good god world but most of us have so much sin we cannot even open the door to your house

    • DESIE
      September 22, 2012

      Murder is also not the only sin in the bible so would you agree for someone to take the life of another?

    • ReeAreLeeTee
      September 23, 2012

      I guess it’s not hard to see the gays or gay supporters.

  41. Anonymous
    September 21, 2012

    10/10 Thank you to whoever wrote this

    • ReeAreLeeTee
      September 23, 2012

      If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. — Lev.20:13

  42. Freethinker
    September 21, 2012

    Excellent article. Thank you for writing this.

  43. hmm
    September 21, 2012

    Listen! Until we know who the heck is MiRiDOM and CHAP all of this is just talk.

    At least we know who the Minister of Education is!

    • Freethinker
      September 22, 2012

      According to that logic, when millions of Jews were exterminated during the Holocaust, it would have been all “just talk” until we found out Hitler and his men were behind it–and if you don’t think that’s rubbish, “hmm,” then you are clearly not fit to post sensible comments.

  44. Anonymous
    September 21, 2012

    Do your ting minister
    Treat the fruit b4 it rip

    Most of you playing Christians and saying God, God, God and then allu want to condone homosexuality in our society

    If we can accept for 1 man to lay down with another better we accept rapists, thieves and murderers.
    How would you feel if you walk in on your 15yr old son in bed with a next dude. EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!

    Two people of the same sex in a relationship is a no go, that family tree will never bear fruits.

    That was not God’s plan when he created us if that was his plans we would all have same sexual organs.

    • Neutral
      September 21, 2012

      If you consider homosexuality a sin, what would you call adultery and fornication. As a christian I fail to see the difference. You have these married men in Dominica having sex with these little school girls but nobody saying anything.

    • Freethinker
      September 22, 2012

      And how, pray tell, are “rapists, thieves, and murderers” equivalent to homosexuals?

      • DESIE
        September 23, 2012

        Cause all sin is no sin not bigger than the other in the eyes of god

    • C
      September 22, 2012

      Ask yourself, who gets hurt by two men sleeping together?

      RAPIST- WOMAN – She will never feel safe, damaged mentally, emotionally, physically. And on top of it, society does act as if she deserved it making her feel guilt on top of it!!

      TEIF- PROPERTY OWNER – Their hard earned money will have just been taken away from them- years of sweat and blood in some cases.

      MURDERERS- LIFE LOST, FAMILY DEVASTATED – I don’t think I need to describe the pain and anger this one incites.

      HOMOSEXUAL- MAN AND MAN – Love, happiness, excitement… Also, hurt, anger and pain that society treats them like criminals- on par with murderers even! Tell me who is the bad one here?!

      I’m sorry, but your argument is ridiculous and completely unfounded.

    • Myles
      September 22, 2012

      If you don’t consider homosexuality part of your god’s plan,why have there always been homosexuals in every society that has ever existed since time began.We must serve some purpose or your god wouldn’t have created us.Ten per cent of all humanity is born gay and to deny us the chance to love is repugnant.
      As for Channel 1,what is”nastiness” is the idea that you think you have the right to decide who can fall in love with who.
      Deny the rights of any minority and you diminish your own rights.Gay rights are human rights!
      Religion is the root of all evil.
      Myles.

    • Woodford hill girl
      September 22, 2012

      AMEN to that,nuff said argument over!!!

    • Compete
      September 23, 2012

      nonsense

  45. Excell
    September 21, 2012

    I am very disappointed with Minority Rights Dominica(MiRiDom),the right to be gay is not a human right,this is not forward thinking! it is backward thinking!

    I don’t support bullying or violence towards anyone no matter there sexual orientation,but acts of homosexuality is a crime in Dominica and therefore must be viewed as anti-social behaviour.It is morally wrong and most importantly an abomination in the sight of God.

    The Education Minister cannot go against God and his teachings to please a minority group,who needs to repent from thier sinful ways.

    I wish all Dominicans to excell to thier fullest potential with the direction of God not man!

    • Freethinker
      September 22, 2012

      If you go with God, we’d all still be in chains. The bible explicitly allows for slavery to occur. How Caribbean people can worship a god that allows for slavery and that DID NOTHING for our ancestors while they were beaten to a bloody pulp for centuries just blows my mind. Ignorance and intellectual laziness.

      • Excell
        September 24, 2012

        Are you mixing issues to discredit your creator,be very careful!

        Slavery is of evil men ,just as homosexuality! No where in the bible is there a support for slavery or homosexuality!

        As a well academically qualified Dominican. I must clearly say that this freethinking of yours is influence of the devil,I will pray for you.

        Ensure you have facts before you comment.But let me give you some facts.

        1.In 2005, over half of new HIV infections diagnosed in the US were among gay men, and up to one in five gay men living in cities is thought to be HIV positive.www.science20.com

        2.Men Who Have Sex With Men Have a 140-Fold Higher Risk for Newly Diagnosed HIV and Syphilis Compared With Heterosexual Men in New York City.www.thebody.com

        3.HIV prevalence is as high as 32 percent among some groups of men having sex with men(MSM)in the Caribbean ,the rest of the population it is about 1 percent. http://www.avert.org/aids-caribbean.htm

        This is an abomination in the eyes of God! Repent from your wicked ways before it’s too late!

      • Freethinker
        September 24, 2012

        Academically well-qualified, you call yourself–and yet you have the stupidity to say that free-thinking is bad. Whatever “academy” you went to clearly did not deserve the name.

        And, yes, the bible DOES explicitly mention slavery. Multiple times in fact, including passages telling you how to beat your slaves. A person who does not know what is in the bible has no right to preach from it.

  46. Evolved
    September 21, 2012

    Very good effort = it shows that there are forward thinking people living and working in Dominica.

    Now for the onslaught of gay bashing which to be honest Mr. Administrator your medium should not condone and by extension allowed to be shown.

    • MewMew
      September 22, 2012

      Dear Evolved, can you or anyone give a sensible explanation as to why the human species evolved into male and female, not 2 varieties of male or 2 varieties of female? Having done that, as I hope you will, can you explain why, with our greater insight into the workings of nature, we choose to go against the grain of evolution?

      • August 22, 2013

        Evolution raises more questions than it answers.

        Years ago I met “Doc” Carter, a retired Ph.D. scientist (Physics and chemistry) who had spent a lifetime in atomic research. When I met him he was a member of Willowdale Pentecostal Church in Toronto and taught a Sunday School class of teenage boys in that church. Dr. Carter said there was not sufficient evidence to support evolution. He was appalled that is was being taught in the schools.

        For those who are willing to take an objective look at evolution even if it means facing the existence of God – a God who has the right to tell you how to live – I recommend you read the following books.

        (1) CREATION by Grant Jeffrey, Ph.D. (A Christian scholar and researcher.)

        (2) THE SCIENCE OF GOD by Gerald Schroder, Ph.D.
        (A Jew. Not a Christian. A practicing scientist.)

        (3) GENESIS AND THE BIG BANG by Gerald Schroder, Ph.D.

        (4) THE HIDDEN FACE OF GOD by Gerald Schroder, Ph.D.

        (5) THE PUZZEL OF ANCIENT MAN by Donald Chittick, Ph.D. (A Christian. Scientist. Has taught at several universities. Has lectured for decades on the creation-evolution topic.)

        These men are creationists. I have found Dr. Schroders works especially compelling.

        These books can probably be ordered for AMAZON.

        Those who hold to evolution do so not because of the science but because they don`t want to deal with the God issue. If there is a Creator (and there is!) He is also the Lawgiver and the Judge.

        I invite you to visit my website http://www.livinghopeministries.ca and click on to ARTICLES. Read my article THINGS THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Pentecostal Evangelist.

  47. Channel 1
    September 21, 2012

    ‘One’ word for that article – Utter rubbish!!

    Folks, please beware of these clever diabolically inspired psychological campaigns which are just cloaking mechanisms to hide the true agenda of some entities out there ie justifying the legalization of the filth and perversion of homosexuality among the civilized.

    REJECT homosexuality folks. Homosexuality is nothing more than downright nastiness!!

    • Neutral
      September 21, 2012

      I suspect that you have gay tendencies.

    • C
      September 22, 2012

      But most man would happily bugger a woman. That is a criminal offence.

    • Woodford hill girl
      September 22, 2012

      And I say to you,Standing Ovation!!!!!

    • Distured
      September 23, 2012

      Finally~! Some1 who knows better !

  48. Mahaut
    September 21, 2012

    MiriDom…
    Nice Opinion piece..very thoughtful and insightful. It has a lot of positive bits in it. Including having a task force to engage in underage sex; sexual orientation should not matter in education. I would start by saying this. Being a homosexual in Dominica is not a crime, never have never will be. If anyone has been arrested for being a homosexual in Dominica or know of anyone please stand up? But having sex with the same sex is… Buggery Law..I think, but I am not sure what the law is.

    So do you think the minister is bringing in a task force that will bully individuals in the country for being a homosexual, or is he trying to curb the amount of buggery in schools? Just asking.
    When I read the piece from St. Jean, I personally thought that a lot of buggery was going on in the schools. Not that more homosexuals were going to school.

    You mentioned 90% condemned his comment on DNO, what about the rest that don’t come on DNO, and have an opinion.So DNO public is flawed as it is open to all, that have access to the internet, but not necessary the Dominican Public.

    Just my thoughts

    • C
      September 22, 2012

      Well, it so happens that part of being a gay male is to ‘bugger’… or as I like to call it, make love. So in effect, it is against the law to be a homoSEXual… or as I like to call it, to love.

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