Historic inclusion of LGBTI Rights in Commonwealth discussions

gay men holding handsFor the first time the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people have been discussed as part of the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the official civil society gathering held in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Two discussions have been held within the main agenda to explore the impact of discrimination and criminalisation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and also reflect growing progress in Commonwealth countries for LGBTI rights.

The first of these was an innovative policy dialogue between LGBTI activists from across the Commonwealth and policy makers including UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development Minister, Baroness Sandip Verma, and Maltese Minister for Civil Liberties, Dr Helena Dalli.

The dialogue also included activists from across the Commonwealth including from some of the 40 of the 53 Commonwealth countries that still criminalise consensual, adult same-sex activity and where LGBTI people face discrimination and persecution, and in some cases even the death penalty. A new report released this week by the Kaleidoscope Trust documents that 90% of Commonwealth citizens live in a jurisdiction that criminalises LGBTI people.

But after decades of inaction in the Commonwealth change is happening. At the event Minister Dalli of Malta said, “We need to ensure that when the dust settles on this CHOGM, all political leaders will remember the voices of LGBTI people for recognition and respect during this Forum, and act on them in concrete ways.”

Caleb Orozco, a Belizean activist and member of the Commonwealth Equality Network said, “The opportunity for political change exists. The Commonwealth can build on the experience of the Organisation of American States and take a stand against violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It will need communication and a commitment to engage and act between the region’s institutions. This CHOGM is a good start.”

The Malta Declaration, the official statement of the People’s Forum, called on Commonwealth leaders to follow the example of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and the Organisation of American States and condemn violence on any grounds.

These sessions are just one example of policy makers overseeing progress on equality and followed remarks made by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma that, “We embrace difference, and that includes sexual identity. Discrimination and criminalisation in any form on grounds of sexual orientation is incompatible with our Commonwealth values.”

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73 Comments

  1. November 30, 2015

    Read Genesis 19:1-25.

    For over 3,000 years both Jews and Christians understood this story. The homosexual men of Sodom wanted to rape the two angels who appeared as men and visited Lot. Because of their wickedness God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed Sodom and the neighboring cities. The New Testament tells us God intended this to be an example of how He would ultimately punish all those who committed the same abomination in the future in 2 Peter 2:6, an Jude vs.7 For over 1,900 years Christians
    knew these scriptures were warnings against homosexuality.

    Other scriptures in the New Testament forbid homosexuality such as Romans 1:26,27, and 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

    Years ago a man who had left his wife and two children to join the gay scene told me these Biblical passages did not refer to homosexuality as we know it, but were actually condemning something altogether different.

    Continued …

    • November 30, 2015

      Continuation:

      His theory was part of a new ”gay theology” he had evidently picked up in a gay bar on Church Street in Toronto. Obviously it did not come from a Bible College or seminary.

      This gentleman told me he had no moral qualms with his new lifestyle. He was sharing an apartment with a male bank manager. He said apart from his job he had little contact the straight world, and the ”village was his life.

      That was the last time I saw him. Later I learned he had died with AIDS from a self inflicted gun shot wound.

      I am not homophobic. This man had been my friend. I did not forsake him. I lost contact with him. His death gave me great sorrow.

      To all you out there who are following this shameful lifestyle I say this:

      God loves you and has something better for you. Christ bore the guilt of your sins in His own body on the cross so you can be forgiven, healed, and set free if you will believe it and receive Him as your Savior.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald…

  2. neg marron
    November 27, 2015

    so much volcanoes in dominica government officails not even thinking of an evacuation plan for if something bad happen ; they are thinking of homesexual laws instead ;these educated officails want us to acept all bad things they present to us … INDEPENDENT is just a WORD we must follow international laws

  3. Sodomite
    November 26, 2015

    My cottage is on Sodom Road. Yes, it’s a real address in Niagara -Google it. I feel blessed. We are also taking in Syrian refugees – including gay refugees. What selflessness from people who mostly don’t give a shit about this god nonsense.

    What a bunch of garbage from those who profess to be God’s messengers. Total idiots.

    • November 30, 2015

      Sodomite:

      I am trying to understand what you mean by the comment you have just made.

      Where you live and the fact that you are ”taking in” refugees and some of them are gay is irrelevant.

      You seem to find it necessary to mock and put down people of faith who are doing what they can to help
      the refugees. You cannot even do this without using bad language.

      Christian churches and ministries are on the frontlines of helping the refugees.

      I am ordained in and report to the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (the P.A.O.C.) which has well over 1,000 churches across Canada. Its International Headquarters is in Misssissauga, Ontario. It has its own internal relief organization that helps in crisis and serves the needs of emergencies world wide. I have just received an email asking all the P.A.O.C pastors in Canada to receive a special offering from their congregations on Sunday and send it to Headquarters for the refugees.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  4. FREENESS IS WORRINESS
    November 26, 2015

    I really don’t want to judge those people but what they do in their bed room is their business just don’t try and shove your sexual fantasy and abomination down other throats. and I believe their main fight is to get the god fearing masses to accept it while they express themselves publicly in our children’s face….

    KEEP ALLU DAMN TING TO ALLU BED ROOM.

    • jamesd
      November 26, 2015

      lol why do you guys always have to use that expression “shove ____ down our throats”. It’s like you WANT people to think you have repressed sexual tendencies.

  5. Anonymous
    November 26, 2015

    I have no problem with people’s sexual orientations and who they choose to have sexual intercourse with. My issue is that these LGBTI people wants to shove their beliefs and immoral ways unto others for acceptance which should never be accepted because we all know what’s right and what’s wrong. People commenting saying that adultery and fornication are abominations too are very right, but do you see these people chanting for rights? The world is ruled by the devil for now of course we expect sin to be widespread. That does not mean we are to bow to it but rather stand out against it. We can really see that time is at hand that these people want to come into God’s sanctuary, go against His will and have same sex marriage. The devil and his advocates are becoming too bold now. I’m not judging anyone. We all have free choice. right is right wrong is wrong. Enough of this LGBTI nonsense and their rights.

  6. Hmmmm
    November 26, 2015

    What is intersex? I need a dictionary boy.

    So every sexual thing these people can think of is just ok? Where does it end? Lord help me. God has given us a free will but he must be so sad right now at how human beings have taken the wonderful life he has given us and just corrupted it with every and anything that our imagination thinks possible.

  7. TJ
    November 26, 2015

    God made everyone, who we to judge . Me think thou protest too much. We are holding on the mother country laws when they themselves see them as draconian.

    • forreal
      November 26, 2015

      did god make man as a bourga man or a lesbian,i doh no why when you all mention god in you all filthiness, that you all mouths don’t get a stroke,nasty people

  8. Channel 1
    November 26, 2015

    What utter rubbish is dis? Commonwealth discussing what? Since when is sexual fantasy and perversion a right?

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ……….. look now they add an I to the LGBT acronym. That acronym seems to be growing eh.

    When will they add P for pedophiles, AI for adult incest, Po for polygamist and Z for zoophilia? After all, if you allow one sexual perversion, you MUST allow every other one. Didn’t the foolish homosexual propagandists claim the other day that #lovealwayswins?

    Why deny or discriminate against the zoophile, pedophile, polygamist and adults who want to engage in incest their rights to express their love? After all, they can all claim they were born with their sexual preferences and they deserve their rights.

    In Europe, there are arguments being put forward by psychologists etc that pedophilia shouldn’t be viewed as an abnormality but just as another ‘normal’ sexual orientation. It’s on the internet for all to read.

    • Dominican
      November 26, 2015

      They will add a P soon for Paedophiles

    • FREENESS IS WORRINESS
      November 26, 2015

      lol, three gays gave the thumbs down

    • November 26, 2015

      Channel 1:

      You are so right!

      Once a government has accepted, endorsed, and legitimized ONE of these perversions they must accept them ALL because anything less will be considered discrimination and the others will be screaming for equal treatment.

      Yes, there are psychologists willing to say that pedophilia is normal and some are born with that particular orientation. There are homosexual organizations lobbying to have pedophilia legally declared an orientation so it cannot be discriminated against. One homosexual organization published a special edition of their official magazine promoting the joys of man – boy sex.

      Who are these people making the decisions at the Commonwealth meeting :?: They can have the best education this world can offer with inches of degrees and designations after their names. But if they do not honor God and give Him His proper place – if they do not accept the truth of the Holy Scriptures they have no understanding.

      Continued …

      • November 26, 2015

        These Commonwealth Heads of Nations are trying to give advice and force their warped worldview and depraved standards on nations that still adhere to traditional morality and family values. But on what do the Commonwealth Heads of Nations base their opinions :?: The fact that they promote the LGBTI agenda is a dead giveaway.

        The Bible – the Word of God – says *To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word it is because there is no light in them.* (Isaiah 8:20) Without the light of the Word of God they are in darkness.

        Homosexuals have more mental health issues than heterosexuals; that they have more problems with depression, higher alcoholism and suicide rates, a higher percentage of AIDS cases, are the main spreaders of HIV, and (statistics show) they have on average a shorter life span. These are things the Commonwealth conference should be helping them with instead of promoting the acceptance of their lifestyle.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  9. November 26, 2015

    Yes people..I know that’s always one of the hot topics and like always should expect a whole lot of feed back.But as I have always mentioned in the past and will never stop reminding you all,especially those that are familiar with the word of JEHOVAH. It ( the life style ) is going where it is suppose to be going. And whilst yes,you gotta call it what it is, let’s never forget that JEHOVAH word has gone out and it will not return unto HIM void.Thus saith the LORD.And so it is written so shall it be…

  10. mine
    November 26, 2015

    To see the way they making out in the public in NY is sicking. Let God be their judge. There are so many single women because most of the men are gay or behind bars. The world is really coming to an end. What I really disapprove to see the law allows two men or two women adopting children.

  11. Retired red teacher
    November 26, 2015

    We are all children of God.Those includes gays as well. Judge not and you shall not be judge for the same merits you use to judge your brother you will be judge. Who are you to complain when those of you who are complaining are breaking most of God commandments.Do you think that you will go to heaven just because you are not gay. Well don’t read one part of the bible read all. Because most of you who are so quick to judge might have a daughter or son who night become gay or have husbands who are and you are not even aware of it yet. So my dear when you can look in the mirror and see yourself sinless. Then look at the gays and cast judgement. Remember you too are a Sinner

    • delicesinboston
      November 26, 2015

      It also says by their fruits you shall know them. Homosexuality as is fornication, adultery is not of God and is condemned by God. The main point is that neither will die in their sins because there is a great judgment day. People may criticize Christians and say they are leaving this life and that life. True Christian’s do not continue leaving in sin. They repent meaning turn away from the old ways and be more like Christ. Homosexuals likewise need to change their lifestyle to be called children of God or they are bound for hell. I wish their fellow homosexual friends could come back and tell them what life is like on the other side but it is not so. So when Christians say it’s a sin and will not condone the lifestyle, much like homosexuals deserve respect please respect our moral values. We do not hate the homosexual but we do hate the lifestyle. Gods plan was for procreation and homosexuality stifles that. Even animals know better. Never saw two male animals having sex.

      • Concerned
        November 26, 2015

        could not have said it better. Christians who speak of not judging are weak Christians and do not know the ways of God. No one is judging the homosexuals, but condoning their lifestyle as a Christian is a lie. God says make every man a liar, but his word remains true. Homosexuality is an ABOMINATION. Until repentance, Death is the wage.

      • The educator
        November 26, 2015

        Really? I’ve never seen a male dog hop another male dog? Well you haven’t seen anything yet. I don’t believe in homosexuality but I respect everyone regardless of their lifestyle. Some so-called people of God have the worst lifestyles cuz they are people of God and under cover do so many Godless things. To me that is much to pretend on the outside and on the inside is a different lifestyle. Godfearing? Him!

    • imperial prince
      November 26, 2015

      are we? where in the bible did you read that? no one is born a child of God, and according to the bible very few are even among those who profess to be. This judge not is so taken out of context, the same bible says saints will judge angels and world. But more importantly we are all judged, Romans 3:23. Its funny, this world, people say the things they say about judging from scripture ignoring that Jesus was not in disagreement or objection in destroying Sodom and Gomorrah Same scripture. But people only focus on whats convenient for themselves, while Same sex is a very special sin, unique among abominations and more so in that God personally destroyed people for it, but what about all the other sins? Is God happy with that? We treat sin today just like the world treats criminals, Multiple powers are killing people but only one set we condemn, only one set we call murderers and terrorist as if we can justify murder. And as if it our call on which evil we disprove of, its sad.

  12. Fed up
    November 26, 2015

    Finally -it’s 2015. LGBT rights are human rights!

    .

    • imperial prince
      November 26, 2015

      i disagree, LGBt is discriminating against lots of people, while hiding under the premise that their behavior and choice of sexuality is a human rights issue. Some of the people being discrimnated are those who marry for papers and other documents ect, not everyone marry for or under the cloak of love. When in the world did it become acceptable to think that a persons sexual relations and fantasies become who they are? Having sexual relations in practical or imaginative sense is whats done, this is not who any one is, but what they choose to do. people speak and accept it in the same light as ethnicity, I guess those who do are way too educated and their intellegience is beyond my( and those who see the world like me) comprehension.

    • November 27, 2015

      So LGBT rights are human rights :?: :oops:

      Who gave humans such rights :?:

      Sex is so integrated with every department of our lives it influences all we do. Because it is this important God has built a hedge around it. The laws He has given us are to protect us so sex is a blessing
      and not a curse.

      It is like fire which can heat our homes, cook our food, enable us to bath, wash our clothes, manufacture things, and much more. It can also destroy forests, burn down our homes, and kill us.

      Is it a right to be a pedophile, commit incest, or indulge in bestiality :?: Is it a right to commit fornication and adultery :?: Is it a right to be a polygamist :?

      The particular sins the LGBT are known for are not rights. Those who do these things are breaking the commandments of God and violating His word. He has given nobody the right to do these things Instead He has clearly forbidden such behavior.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • November 27, 2015

      It is 2015.

      It is 2015 but the drug problem has never been greater.

      It is 2015 but the AIDS epidemic is spreading.

      It is 2015 but the suicide rate is the highest it has ever been.

      It is 2015 but terrorism threatens the nations and fear is taking over our world.

      But it is 2015 so homosexuality is in style and the boundaries between right and wrong have gone down the toilet. Men, women, and animals are all in the mix and can do as they please with each other because after all it is 2015 :!:

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  13. 2468
    November 26, 2015

    To all the Christians of this country, please not that the Bible must be fulfilled, we\’re living in the last days and these things will surely happen, pray for your children because they are the generation who will be open to these things even more.
    This is the price we pay when we want Dominica to sever ties with CUBA, VENEZUELA and all those other countries yall call BAD when those with the satanic agenda like the US and UK wants to implement things like this. Don\’t try to help GOD. Pray for your Government and don\’t badmouth them, they listen to you and every one else and if they don\’t agree and stop getting aid from these countries, what would you all say? Think on these words. GOD BLESS DOMINICA.

  14. out of south city
    November 25, 2015

    Who is really in command of the Commonwealth nations?
    “Queen Elizabeth II is the nominal Head of the Commonwealth. Since 1965 there has been a London-based Secretariat. The current Commonwealth Secretary-General is the former New Zealand Foreign Minister Don McKinnon.

    The objectives of the Commonwealth were set down in The Harare Declaration of 1991. While it is not a long declaration, part of it is reprinted only to show that there really is no real reason for the UK to have the Commonwealth except to control the UN through the Commonwealth. Its goals are exactly those of the UN.” Joan Veon

    These islands are still controlled by HER MAJESTY and they must follow her command.

    UNAPOLOGETIC

  15. Caretaker
    November 25, 2015

    Man Oh Mam,where have you all been after all these years. The first woman or man you have sex with is your Wife or husband that’s why we are born as virgin. Adultery,fornication.How did one parent family came about A Bisexual boggier the men first and give them sex afterwards.where have you all been on mars. ALL WE ARE TRYING TO IS TO identify them and PLACE them in one location just as we did to so called one parent family so if you are not one of them stay away . Put yourself at ease and read psalm 93.When Satan was cast off from heaven where did he land. Go for it ministers we need to identify those germs spreaders

  16. Yoland Jno Jules
    November 25, 2015

    That will be the worse thing to happen to the Commonwealth for leaders to sit in conference against The God of creation and his word. The word of God says plain and simple that and the Lord God said it is not good for the man to be alone,he did not make another man but an help.meat which the man called woman because she was taken from man, and he said to them be fruitful and multiply and full the earth. I would like the world educated fools, anti Christ demon possess men and women to tell us how the two filthly men or women being joined unholy dirty abominable matrimony going to be fruitful and multiply to full the world have we ever seen a pregnant mam? or a woman pregnant for another woman. That is only nastiness and abomination of a fallen world all gays and lesbians are aids victims and will only destroy the world remember God destroyed Sodom and gomorah for that same abominabel dirty ungodly act and will repeat it again if world leaders allow Sam dirtx acts to come through.

    • Dominica
      November 25, 2015

      You are so dumb..if you really read your bible carefully,this is not the main reason God destroy the city..learn the bible before you make those dumbstruck accusation about all gay men and lesbians has aids..any why these false comments should be even be allowed to be posted..you just an uneducated fool lacking knowledge and if you continue you will surely perish you this youlanda jnojules.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        Your name is Dominica; rather than you call people dumb, you should examine you, your personal life, and your relationship with God. Just because you are involved in this sinful, and shame behavior does not mean people have to accept you and the rubbish you write, you belief is that God Jehovah did not destroy Sodom because of homosexuality, I am here to prove that was the reason. I will have to submit the truth to you in more than one submission, I advise that you read it carefully and draw your conclusion!

        I refer you to the first book of the Bible: Genesis 19:1, and continue up to where I think it will be enough to convince you. And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom, and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

        2. And he said, behold, now my lords turn ((come) in I pray you, into your servants house, and tarry (stay) all
        night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay (no), but
        we will abide in the street all night.

        3.
        And he pressed upon them greatly: and they turned in unto him, and entered his house; and he
        made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread , and they did eat.

        4. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed (surrounded) the
        house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

        5. And they called unto Lot, and said unto him. Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring
        them out unto us, that we may know them. (Let me say here any place in the Bible where it said know
        a woman, that simply means have or had sexual intercourse with her, so you can apply that to the men
        in question).

        6. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him.

        7. And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

        8. Behold now I have two…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        8. Behold now I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto
        you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing, for therefore came they
        under the shadow of my roof.

        9. And they said stand back, and they said again: This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be
        a judge: now will we deal worst with thee, than with them; and they pressed sore upon the man, even
        Lot, and came near to break the door.

        10. But the men put forth their hand and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shot the door.

        11. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that
        they wearied themselves to find the door. (Up to the time the Angels blind both the old and young boys,
        they were still fighting to find the door to enter and sexually assault the angels).

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        If you read everything I wrote and did not understand , try and understand this: Genesis 19:12,13.

        12 And the men said unto Lot: Hast thou here any besides, son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters,
        and whatsoever thou hast in the city bring them out of this place.

        13. Fore we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and
        the Lord hath sent to destroy it.

        Anybody who claim that it was not the cause of homosexuality which caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are just very sick to their core, and should pray to God to cast out the demon of homosexuality out of them. All the people who surrounded the house were homosexuals and lesbians okay! I have quoted the Protestant King James Version of the Bible: the same can be found in the Roman Catholic Bible!

    • Gary
      November 26, 2015

      Your comment shows what religion can do to the mind of a human being, no wonder the world is in a mess, sometimes the bible in the hand of a person can be worse than a whiskey bottle in their hand.

      • FED UP
        November 26, 2015

        :-D Thank you @Gary. Religion is the best way to control the ignorant and weak minded.

  17. Procreator
    November 25, 2015

    Leviticus 20:13

    “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.”

    • Procreator
      November 25, 2015

      i smelled something as soon as Britain pledged financial support for Dominca. Oh lord please dont let the SKerrit Government take the money in exchange for borgarman legality.. Pleeease lord tan pou souplay>>>amen

      • Gary
        November 26, 2015

        Wow, a prayer making a personal petition to the lord based on political partisan, coupled with religious beliefs. By the way do you know who the “Lord” is well Exodus 15:3 tells us. The LORD [is] a man of war: the LORD [is] his name.”

  18. November 25, 2015

    I see transsexuals are on the Commonwealth agenda for discussion.

    I hope they will include the latest findings in that discussion.

    John Hopkins University Gender Identity Clinic was among the first in the United States to perform sex changes. However, once it became clear that sex-reassignment surgeries were doing nothing to correct the underlying psychological problems of the patients, the clinic ceased the practice. Somehow, trying to address mental problems by distorting the body just did not work out.

    According to one study done in Ontario, Canada 77 per cent of transgender people have considered suicide, and 45 per cent actually attempted it.

    A Swedish study that included 324 participants between 1973 and 2003 found that ten years after their change 20 times as many transsexuals committed suicide compared to the non trans population.

    God created us male and female according to Matthew 19:4-6. We are to be as God made us!

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

    • The Real Facts
      November 25, 2015

      Even though they feel they can change their sex and outward appearance, their inner organs remain the same. No one can change that. They should be informed about it prior to undergoing the sex change.
      I am amazed that they do not consider it and the doctors do not inform them, as a reminder.
      Sex change is abnormal which is why they will never have the feeling of being satisfied and at peace. This is why some commit suicide. Others contemplate it and are on the verge of doing so. They will have to answer to God for all this.

    • nicole
      November 26, 2015

      Hey Rev. Hill I’ve been meaning to ask you, what does the “D.D” at the end of your name stand for? I see it whenever you write comments

    • views expreesed
      November 26, 2015

      Well said Rev…..thanks…God Bless you.
      Keep the earth decent…and natural…..no cosmetic behaviour to adjust, adopt, abrupt, can or replace what is nature and natural.

  19. Concern citizen
    November 25, 2015

    there must be a first time for every thing, as it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end

  20. Concerned
    November 25, 2015

    What rights, this is an abomination…….Dominica is not Sodom….. God will send his raft upon us. Do not do it

    • The Real Facts
      November 25, 2015

      We cannot fathom how disappointed and angry God is with these goings-on.
      In view of these abominations which some governments have legislated with the aggressiveness of these interest groups, I stated to a few people, if it bothers me, how much more it bothers God.
      When the bad and big ones, disasters strike, not only in Dominica but in the entire world, they will be worst than Hurricane David and TS Erika. It will surely be the wrath of God and not Mother Nature.

    • Muslim_Always
      November 26, 2015

      Dominica has been Sodom for a very long time.

      • Dominican
        November 26, 2015

        And you standing by the make it Gomorah? My eyes on you :mrgreen:

  21. views expreesed
    November 25, 2015

    Keep all you business up there and do not export please. The priority in the Caribbean and African countries is democracy, wipe out corrupt leaders, or Tom Dick and Harriett who are selling our passports for they know themselves and yes no discrimination on anyone, but we must maintain our decent standards. Go after those countries that promote girls and women who want girls to marry and have children at 12 years old. We fought colonialism and imperialism for our liberty and promote our own lifestyle and standards and for a few dollars more to compromise who we are.
    Our churches need to be stronger and promote Jesus Christ, families (Man = woman = children) and the bible. Adam and Steve cannot do that,

  22. November 25, 2015

    The Bible – the Word of God – is clear on the matter of homosexuality.

    (1) It is against nature. Romans 1:26,27.

    (2) It is contrary to the model or blueprint God has given us for marriage. Matthew 19:4-6.

    (3) The scriptures tell us they that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

    (4) God warns us of how He will punish those who practice this immorality. Genesis 19:1-25 with
    Jude vs. 7.

    Any president or prime minister who legalizes what God forbids is taking his or her nation out from under the protection of God. These men and women are fools. They should expect two things to happen. (a) Natural calamities will come. (b) God will allow evil people to terrorize them. They will be His instruments of punishment.

    Please read Proverbs 1:24-33. It is the Word of God.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Dominica
      November 25, 2015

      What kind of Rev are you..is people like you leading people out of the church. .the problem we have these days is that we categorize sin thinking God loves a particular sin more than the other..Rev where are your comments of incest that’s rampant in Dominica, where the talk on battered men and women,what about adultery, fornication, witchcraft,gossip,lies..ect..is God going to excuse those sin..you better sophisticated the nonsense and making a fool out of yourself. .God has all since but love all sinners. .people like you with this mentality has more issues and skeletons in your closet.You need to repent..God is love.?

      • delicesinboston
        November 26, 2015

        Every man shall face God for himself. Do not categorize every pastor together. There are Pastors who live Godly lives. We in Dominica are so concerned about other peoples sin, looking at the church etc that we forget about ourselves. Christians should be an example to the world and sadly some of us fall short. However it’s not the sin that will have you condemn it’s staying in that state without repentence. The Pastors in DA can only do so much. People are responsible for their own actions including all of the things you mentioned. My sheep knows my voice says the Lord.

      • Ammo
        November 26, 2015

        Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! You asked my exact question. Just exactly what kind of reverend is he who remain quiet about those incidents of children being raped by their fathers, uncles, mothers friends, etc. ….. ?

      • November 26, 2015

        Dominica:

        Thank you for reading my comment and taking time to respond. I will answer you best I can.

        Everybody who has followed my comments for long enough knows I have written about ALL these terrible sins you have mentioned. Yes, in fact I have covered every one of them – not only once – but again an again. If you go back over a year you will find this is true.

        Much of what I have written can be found in the old BELLA columns. Recently I began writing more comments to the regular news articles because I wanted to deal more with current events.

        If you find me writing often on a particular issue it is because it is much in the news. This is what a writer calls a HOT issue. My kind of writer will write frequently about a HOT issue because it is what people are obviously interested in.

        As a minister of the gospel I am an ambassador for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20) It is my duty to tell people what God says, not what I think :!:

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

    • Muslim_Always
      November 26, 2015

      This is why the western world has lost to the homosexuals – the bible thumping approach without any measured and strategic reasoning to address the underlying philosophical issues in dealing with homosexuality.

    • zabo
      November 26, 2015

      yes pastor Hill the same bible you are referring to also forcefully condem fornication & adultery which are more prevalent in our community than homosexuality and destroys families but not once have I read your comments here condemning those acts, what a hypocrite you are.

      • November 30, 2015

        Like I said I have written many comments condemning fornication and adultery both from a Biblical and psychological point of view. I have also shared information on how these behaviors hurt people and how they can break free from these lifestyles.

        If you want to read these comments I suggest you go back to the BELLA columns. You will have to take your time and look for letters to BELLA that I have responded to but if you work at it you will find me there trying to help individuals whose lives have been badly messed up by ignoring the moral code God has given us in the New Testament by committing fornication, and adultery.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

    • Analy Thomas
      November 26, 2015

      Pastor Hill, I am very proud of you! It is clear that you quoted the word of God and not yours! Too many times we cushion the word of Gog. I am guilty of not being the person I was meant to by God and I cannot cast any stones however, it is your duty and responsibility along with every other religious leader around the world to pass on the word of God as is!
      Though we must be a light so that we will attract others and not in simple terms push them away, we still need to separate the truth from the untruth. When I come home and I visit your church, please tell me what the bible says and not what you think!
      Good job Pastor Hill! I wish others would follow!

      • Analy Thomas
        November 26, 2015

        Sorry I meant God not Gog.

      • Gary
        November 27, 2015

        It is very sad reading your comment when you say quote “I am guilty of not being the person I was meant to by God” it seems your have come under the spell of people calling themselves religious leaders with their mental poisoning .You need to wake up and take responsibility of your God given mind to think and not rely on these people. You are a divine being within you are infinite powers and possibilities that is the person you were created to be.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 27, 2015

        Gary, I hate to say this However; I believe you are either the devils advocate, very willful and deliberate! You keep talking about religion; I defined religion to you in the past so there is no use going through that again, except to remind you that religion; Christianity, and the word of God Jehovah, are totally different all together.

        For instance the man Skerrit that you and more than half of the nation follow politically can be considered a religion leader because the term religion could mean anything with a large following.

        The true word of God is not religion! Any teaching that is not taken from the word of God is man\’s philosophy, and those people who believe in the philosophy of men are not serving God. Anybody who say that homosexuality is natural, and the words of God which condemns it has no meaning; that person has to be a fool!

        Anybody who say they believe in God, and condone homosexuality, is serving their god, and not Jehovah, God!

    • Gary
      November 27, 2015

      The last paragraph of your comment is typical of a religious fanatic, and displays such mind set, it is an old technique used by pastors, preaches and people calling themselves Evangelist using biblical verses to predict the actions of God, this so absurd and nonsensical, such people are empty and know nothing about the divine intelligence, a very deceptive practice perpetrated on people.

      • Gary
        November 27, 2015

        The above comment supposed to be a reply to Rev. Donald Hill…

    • Gary
      November 27, 2015

      he last paragraph of your comment is typical of a religious fanatic, and displays such mind set, it is an old technique used by pastors, preaches and people calling themselves Evangelist using biblical verses to predict the actions of God, this so absurd and nonsensical, such people are empty and know nothing about the divine intelligence, a very deceptive practice perpetrated on people

  23. The Real Facts
    November 25, 2015

    Note which way the world has gone, more and worst to come. This is why some people do not want to hear/read the News. Some state that they took off the TV from their homes for obvious reasons.
    The News is more bad than good, more discouraging than encouraging.
    Read your Holy Bible. Read and listen to Christian programs. We will be better off and happier for it.
    This CARICOM and OECS will further cause morals to descend down slippery slopes and the institute immorality in those countries. It is already bad enough.
    Will these be beneficial to the people? A real mess this will create down the road. They come under one banner, projecting they represent the people. Individual governments of the islands will no longer be their own leader.

    • The Real Facts
      November 25, 2015

      Whatever they institute, they must answer to one body of people , heads of CARICOM and OECS, non-practicing Christians, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics. Christian governments will not have a say and an individual one.
      It will always be woe to governments and other officials, authorities of the world who institute this offense against God. They are not assisting the people nor themselves.
      They even try to bring the African countries into it. Leaders of the African countries have already said no to abortion, recognition of same sex, in that, so-called marriage and euthanasia. They try to force this on them and to bribe them that if they institute such, they will receive more money from the UN, etc. God will take care of people as you someday.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”
      Everything they institute will only be temporary, a band-aid – not lasting. We do know they have not made the world a better place.

    • Concerned
      November 26, 2015

      Leading towards the NEW WORLD ORDER. One religion, one currency worshiping on SUNDAY and not the true Sabbath. The anti-Christ is here. Read Revelations. Gays rule everything.

  24. The Real Facts
    November 25, 2015

    This is a cover up. They always come up with philosophical words to make this abomination sound as dignified. Well, it is not and by no means in the eyes of God. It never will.
    Sexual identity is, male and female which everyone is already regarded, as such.
    What do they want?; What rights? They already have their basic human rights. We do know, it is to be regarded as people of the same sex and those who are attracted to same sex and that they want the government to legalize their so-called marriage which is not a marriage at all and by no means in the eyes of God..
    As for Dominica, they are not bothered. They are not arrested and imprisoned. I reiterate, what do they want?
    Beware of this being instituted in Dominica. Read between the lines – of their words which are cover-up ones and for what is to come.

  25. vivi pascal
    November 25, 2015

    Excuse me for us to talk about GOING BACK to GOD .We talking about promoting satan GOD help us all

  26. Analy Thomas
    November 25, 2015

    I respect individuals for who they are but we must be mindful that making these rights legal may be catastrophic to our community. Knowing about it is one thing but having your children looking at the physical aspect is another. Imagine your son/daughter coming home saying “Daddy this is my lover”. Those of us with children can only imagine the pain darting through our hearts. While I do not believe that we should condemn anyone but guide them through the right tunnel, I know that homosexuality is wrong. I also know that homosexuality is equally measured against other sins but we must lead by example. There is a reason why the same poles repel. A pair of men or women alike can NEVER reproduce naturally. There is a God! If we are ashamed of him now and compromise he will be ashamed of us before his father.

  27. :/
    November 25, 2015

    Lord God Almighty,take controll of our country,the devil is really dancing and rejoicing,please save our souls before it is too late.

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