The debate on repealing the buggery laws in Dominica will soon take a new twist as various religious leaders have vowed that they will hold a massive street demonstration totally opposing the move.
At a meeting in Lagoon last night, the leaders called on citizens to stand behind them as they make their position known.
Pastor Randy Rodney told the gathering that Dominicans will be informed “when we decide in a massive way to let Dominica know we are not going down that road.”
“I am hoping you can rally other people behind you,” he stated.
Some donor countries have recently hinted that they might hold back aid from countries who do not scrap buggery laws from their books but according to Rodney, Dominica “will show the world it does not matter how much money they hold back from us.”
“It doesn’t matter what promise they make that if we don’t decriminalize it that they will stop whatever aid,” he pointed out. “We don’t want that kind of aid because we will get AIDS…”
He pointed out that Dominica needs to be careful where it gets its aid from. “Just like you parents need to be careful where your children get their money from, where your children get their BlackBerry from, where you children get there iPad from,” he stated. “You need to stand and stand against that now … not just by talk but by action.”
Rodney had high praise for prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who recently said the laws against buggery will stay on the books for the foreseeable future. Skerrit had said that he did not see any convincing arguments favouring the repealing of the laws.
“I applaud Honorable Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, for his statement that we will never ever repeal those laws,” Rodney stated.
Church elder, Felix Thomas, agreed with Rodney pointing out that “every abominable and corrupt act must remain as a crime in this country.”
Another church elder, Lindel Williams, told those gathered that they must stand against homosexuality in Dominica. “Will you as a previous speaker said, when it is time to march on the streets on these moral principles, will you stand?” he asked. “Will you able to declare in the streets with a placard that you are against such behaviors and actions? ”
Recently, minority rights group, MiriDom, said it will be approaching government to have the laws against buggery scrapped from the law books of Dominica.