PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Led by Pastors Pedro Williams and Conrad Howell, a movement has sprung up in the Turks and Caicos Islands to prevent certain provisions of recent rights legislation being enacted by the interim government. This issue needs to be given over to the next elected government, say the clergy. The Bill, which Governor Ric Todd has said is modeled after similar laws in the European Union, has provisions to prevent prejudice against gays and lesbians.
Howell said, “This makes no sense; we are not London and we are not a European city. Centuries ago they sent missionaries here to teach us the word of God and the scriptures, now they are trying to impose laws which are counter to the scriptures.”
While this issue has not been addressed by the Progressive National Party (PNP), which has an openly gay candidate running for election, it was however addressed by Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, deputy leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), when she joined the pastors in a recent march in Provo about this issue.
“This and other contentious issues of this nature need to be addressed by the people’s representatives, the next elected government,” said Cartwright Robinson.
In the “Talk Back” column of the TCI Weekly News earlier this month, all the submissions, which are allowed to be anonymous, supported the local pastors’ position.
I agree 100% with this commentary. God created Adam & Eve, male & female. Not male & male or female & female. God also said "go forth & populate the earth. Male & male or female & female can't do that. It's called living in sin.
I can't help but take notice of the leader of the Progressive National Party's repetitive use of the phrase "pro-choice" in a recent newspaper article on the anti-gay rights movement in the TCI. The term "pro-choice" is used mainly in connection with abortion issues. If his party wins the upcoming election, is it their intention to introduce abortion rights in the TCI, as well as support gay rights? I am fully in support of the Christian leaders and anyone who takes a stand against the imposition of certain provisions of the proposed Equality Bill.