Religious leaders accuse EU of imposing non-Caribbean values on the region

Religious leaders in the Caribbean have been speaking out against the European Union (EU) saying it is imposing non-regional values and ideologies through an economic partnership agreement that would govern trade and aid arrangements between Europe and its former colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP) for the next 20
years.

The Samoa Agreement was signed on November 15, 2023, and it covers subjects such as sustainable development and growth, human rights and peace and security as well as human and social inclusive development, sustainable economic growth and development, environmental sustainability, and climate change migration and mobility issues.

The agreement was somehow overshadowed by the fact that of the 79 ACP countries, only 44 went to Samoa ready to sign it. Some Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica and Trinidad, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, The Bahamas, Grenada, and Dominica have delayed signing with some saying there is not enough information on it.

They were praised by Roman Catholic Archbishop of Trinidad and Tobago, Jason Gordon. “They came out up front, publicly, and said we are not for sale,” he said in a recent homily.

However, he said he was worried about the countries that signed the agreement because embedded in them are values that are not of the Caribbean.

“It is the rest of the small islands of the Caribbean that I worry about today, because whoever signs that document will then have to impose laws on their people that are not in keeping with the culture, values of us Caribbean people and it will be a colonial imposition one more time on small fragile states, on Africa, Pacific and us here in the Caribbean”, he said.

He added, “They will have to impose abortion legislation, transgender, LBGTQ, comprehensive sex education, a whole range of values will be imposed because of the signing of that document. (The) EU is imposing upon us an ideology that is not ours and a value system that is not ours. And if we don’t understand and wake up and smell the coffee quickly we will find ourselves with values, with laws, with expectations, and with things being touted as right that has nothing to do with us Caribbean people.”

Gordon’s sentiment was echoed by Archbishop of Castries and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire, who said there are many things happening in the world today that are “snatching the faithful.”

“You may have heard of the gathering in Samoa that was to take place on the 15 of this month where the members of the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific states, along with the European Union were to sign an agreement, an agreement on certain issues, social issues that impinge upon the world or the people of these nations,” he stated.

“They were presented with this document which they were to sign but fortunately many states refrain from signing.”

Malzaire said he wanted to commend the Caribbean countries who did not sign the agreement.

“So I really want to commend our Caribbean people for that,” he stated.

“Now, what is the content of this agreement? It deals with issues that are current today, that are in the air, that we are being asked to take decisions on them. The question for us as Christians is how are those decisions going to affect what we believe is true. So, there were issues like abortion, rights of the LGBTQ, then we had the transgender issues and comprehensive sex education in schools and everywhere.  The position that the governments held, those that didn’t sign, is that they needed more clarification on the various aspects on what they were asked to agree on. And these are very, very important issues that we need to look at – how they impinge on what we believe to be true, what we believe be biblical, what we believe to be what God is asking of us.”

Meanwhile Jamaica, which has been under tremendous pressure from at least 15 civil society groups over the agreement, was the first Caribbean country to publicly air its objection to it. Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith said further consultations with these groups will be needed to ensure no local laws are breached.

“Throughout the negotiations which concluded in 2021, the government had taken on board the views of the various stakeholders including members of civil society,” she said.

“After what was in fact three years of challenging negotiations, the government was satisfied that the language of the text in the final agreement would not supersede Jamaica’s domestic legislation. Notwithstanding, the government has taken note of concerns which continue to be raised by stakeholders in the domestic space, so we will continue consultations with the aim of providing assurances regarding the government’s unfailing intent to always protect the interest of Jamaica and Jamaicans with the laws of Jamaica as our guide.”

However, EU and ACP officials, who worked on the agreement, have been saying that there are no references in the agreement to any of the issues being raised and activists are reading way too much into the various clauses without justification.

 

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6 Comments

  1. One Onion
    November 23, 2023

    What did they say? I don’t understand!

  2. Fou Fou
    November 22, 2023

    Interestingly, the values we are now trying to protect are themselves colonial impositions. the question thus should probably be what should we be protecting?

  3. Mo Ral
    November 22, 2023

    Forget the foreign operatives. You all doing it to yourselves and the young people in Dominica. The foul language in the music and nudity we have nowadays is doing more damage than any foreign entity.

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  4. Matt
    November 22, 2023

    Do not sign any such documents with E.U, you only need to trade on an equal basis, no socal readjustment. Stop accepting aid for re-engineering your people 😤 stupid.

  5. Channel One
    November 22, 2023

    Right-thinking citizens must continue to be HYPER-VIGILANT as foreign operatives who have succeeded in messing up the soul & psyche of these large so-called ‘modern progressive’ nations have set their sights on launching cunning social re-engineering mind-bending projects in the region as part of diabolically-driven attempts to distort key values of the Caribbean re: LGBTQI+ acceptance.

    Parents, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the content of textbooks your children are using. Students in the HFLE classes in high schools, be on guard. Parents, keep watch re: persons whom you entrust to ‘teach’ your children in schools etc.

    Citizens (ie the TRUE EMPLOYERS), any government (ie the employees of the citizens) that seeks to push this LGBTQI+ nonsense on our people MUST be voted out IMMEDIATELY from office. Citizens pay attention to legislations & demand to know the fine print details & conditionalities of all loans/grants received from foreign entities.

    BE ALERT!!! STAY TUNED

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    • hmm
      November 23, 2023

      I think more than the school books which children barely pay attention to – parents should be more concerned about what their children are viewing on the television and the internet. They are slipping this stuff into shows, websites, social media etc. It’s starts with fairly mild things like having some “children’s” show where a man prances around dressed in rainbow colors acting like a woman and then it progresses to stuff on tik-tok where some queer person is telling your children about gender and all sorts of stuff they have no business being concerned about.

      And that is even more dangerous because that type of content is made to be entertaining and addictive, which means it will be more effective in distorting their minds. Also many parents are completely oblivious of this especially since many of them are not really comfortable with modern technology, which the children are masters of from a young age. And probably even less of them are aware that this agenda exists

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