The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – The Human Right to Sexual Preference

One cannot fail to notice the inconsistency of those rejecting human rights their rejection takes place in the public square created by human rights. It is difficult to reject human rights without using them.” –Filip Spagnoli  Making Human Rights Real

Discriminations are never a sign of a civilized society. What makes us civilized is our act of liberated kindness with other people beyond the man-made primitive citadels of gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.” ― Abhijit NaskarEither Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

At one level, it is perhaps understandable that the Church (in fact, a random group comprising an apostle, a reverend (sic), two bishops and a sociologist) should be prepared to fight against any attempt to make homosexual preferences a human right in Barbados. I refer to the back page report in Friday’s edition of the Barbados Advocate, headlined Church decries LGBT agenda.

After all, they can cite any number of Biblical injunctions in support of their position against the practice and, if they would be true to their vocation, they must be equally condemnatory.

At another level, however, this reasoning does not by itself lead inexorably to the thesis that homosexuality per se or homosexual acts should attract the awesome power of the state’s legislative and prosecutorial machinery -considerations that are usually premised on more terrestrial and contemporary conditions.

In any case, there is already some degree of disconnect between these two arms of the state machinery with the legislative provision seeking disproportionately to criminalize acts of buggery and gross indecency even in private between consenting adult partners and the prosecutorial arm apparently restricting itself to the strict enforcement of the law in cases only where these acts are non-consensual, involve minors incapable of consent as victims, or occur in public.

Indeed, especially in the instance of gross indecency, the sole offence that might encompass female homosexual conduct, the definition is risibly comprehensive, seemingly being capable of covering any form of sexual interaction whatsoever between any couple anywhere. According to section 12 (3) of Cap.154;

An act of “serious indecency” is an act, whether natural or unnatural by a person involving the use of the genital organs for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire”

In such a legislative context, the “agenda”, if any, of the LGBT community must be to remove any provision that might cause individuals therein to engage in criminal conduct every time he or she chooses to express him or herself sexually. And the unlikelihood of a criminal charge and prosecution by the State scarcely detracts from the discriminatory nature of a law that is not similarly applied to traditional heterosexual conduct. In fact, this official selective enforcement is itself a cogent argument for the repeal and reform of the provisions.

According to the assemblage as reported, this agenda “equates to “a new form of colonialism because it hasn’t emerged from Barbados, “ but is part of “a global agenda to influence different nations.”

In my view, this assertion does not serve to weaken the force of the local argument given the generally accepted universality of human rights. History has shown us that it takes some degree of geopolitical clout to lead the fight to reverse decades of the unfair treatment of others whether in the context of apartheid, woman’s liberation or the mandatory death penalty. International intervention in a local issue, if it does exist, should not always be perceived as a negative.

The antagonist argument goes a bit further though. According to the chief spokesman, “This is a new attempt to colonize us with certain values and certain perspectives, and if we don’t conform, then the argument is that we can suffer economically, and that we can suffer socially because they withdraw support, they withdraw aid…”

I feel certain that some wag will wish to observe that we seem to be doing quite well by ourselves in suffering economically without the withdrawal of aid from these neo-colonists, and it is at least ironic to make the point about tying financial aid to behavioural conditionalities as we prepare to enter shortly into an IMF agreement.

The sociologist was even more persuaded that the agenda was not a local initiative. She holds the view that the local organizations have no say in the matter of the agenda being pushed, citing the assistance they have been receiving from an internationally recognized organization. Nevertheless, she was also convinced of the small local group’s futility in attempting to change God’s word, “but they cannot ever.” This last is patently irrefutable.

But what is this agenda? As perceived by the evangelical group, it includes an attempt to make the personal sexual preference of a very small group a human right in Barbados; to impose the homosexuality (sic) lifestyle as a natural organic sexual behaviour and not a learned behaviour on the majority of Barbados‘ population; to deconstruct marriage and to reconstruct it to legitimize same sex partnerships as opposed to the Adam and Eve marriage union for the entire population. This indeed a weighty charge sheet laid against the movement.

First, as any heterosexual will attest, one’s personal sexual activity is already a fundamental human right, unless a human right must also satisfy the criterion of another’s sanction in order to exist. Second, it is quite unclear how one could “impose” a sexual lifestyle on the majority of an unwilling population; and, third, as the Barbados Advocate editorial for last Sunday observed, in the absence of any public call for the legalization of same sex marriage in Barbados, this notion of deconstructing traditional marriage is tantamount to shouting fire in a crowded theatre when there is none there.

The timing of the intervention here seems clearly designed to detract from participation in the LBGT Pride march planned for Sunday. It (the intervention) may be successful, I do not know. But the legal determination of whether the LBGT movement or the evangelical group is correct on the rather technical point of human rights will ultimately be a matter for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and its interpretation of the relevant Articles of the American Convention on Human Rights that we have agreed to uphold.

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  • Mariposa July 23, 2018 9:30 PM
    “For we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God Judge Not for what measure of judgement you meted out to others it should be meted out to you”…

    John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

    We have to be careful in the ways we use our judgement but is never meant that we were never to Judge.

    2 Tim 3:1-7 List’s all kinds of sins existing in the “last days.” Among the list are: men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. And the given counsel is: from such turn away.

    We Have To Judge In Order To Determine From Whom We Turn Away.

    When we use Righteous judgement it means we do so with the Guidance of the one who influences our Conscience. Within that light we can make Proper Judgements… He will never lead us in the wrong direction. If we vary from that Light way we feel it within and our Bosoms Cringes and we know Right from Wrong as Clear as Night is from Day!

    What we should Not Do is to CONDEMN others…Christ was our Saviour not out Condemner…however that does not mean we should not speak out strongly about the Adversary’s Ideology and LIES!

    In America people have given the Lesbians & Gays the Right to be who they think they are and then they included the Bisexuals and Trans gender’s and then they included the whole Alphabet a-z and now they are promoting Pedophilia and Bestiality under the Guise of Free Sexual Orientation. They have moved even further by saying not only are we free to do it but that everyone should do it to justify their behaviour. Every Prevision is being Celebrated and Fostered on the backs of ordinary people. This is not Sodom & Gomorrah where these people are headed this will make Sodom & Gomorrah look like the Church Choir. Is this what we want for our Nation? Now you begin to see what the UN does to the Sovereignty of a country by having us enact Laws and Policies to suit their Agenda.

    It started off very simply just Lesbians and & Gays and now you have the situation described above…Is Dean Cumberbatch going down that road by floating this prevision as Human Rights? In the Eyes of Human Rights everything is permissible. In the eyes of Judge Not least ye be judged we will all be Fools. God did not create wisdom that we may act as jackasses, he created Free Agency that we can act as jackasses and then learn wisdom. So don’t take us from wisdom to acting like jackasses it is better to move from jackasses to wisdom!

    Simple Simon Says, “I don’t think that homosexuals choose these things either.”

    God does not make mistakes men make their own CHOICES… We are all here to overcome our weaknesses and if that is your weakness overcome it not indulge it!

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  • RE Gp you say when shep smith comes on you run to the fridge?? for what a cucumber? a banana ? you do know that gunsmokes Festus was the first openly gay person on television..

    NO I DID NOT KNOW THAT
    I STILL LIKE GUNSMOKE

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  • LOL me too

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    HEADLINE NEWS ANALYSIS

    America is now very close to becoming the new prophetic “Sodom”! Fulfilling Jesus’ prophecies. Bible scholars have long taught that one of the major features of the Kingdom of Antichrist is that public acceptance of homosexuality will arise again. Jesus prophesied: “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man … Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Since God annihilated Sodom primarily for their grievous sin of homosexuality, what Jesus is saying here is that, at the End of the Age — referred here as the “days of the Son of Man” — public acceptance of homosexuality will again be widespread.

    Therefore, we find it very revealing that, today, the Western world, led by the United States of America, is forcing homosexuality upon people of all ages and of all religions. This troubling trend is Proof Positive that the world is, indeed, living in the time of the coming “Son of Man”!

    Consider some tell-tale news stories: NEWS BRIEF:

    “Creating a New Version of Leviticus to Support Gay Sex”, The Stream, July 23, 2018

    “What do you do when the biblical text is against your position, explicitly so? What do you do when not one single verse supports your viewpoint? It’s simple. You create new verses out of thin air. You rewrite the Bible to your liking.” Christians who are sensitive to the issue of Modern Bible Translations will be positively outraged and scandalized by the most current misuse of Scripture (although modern translators are not translating with the objective of convincing people to sin).

    What does this current effort entail? “In his New York Times op-ed piece, Dr. Dershowitz … claims that ‘Before Leviticus was composed, outright prohibitions against homosexual sex whether between men or women were practically unheard-of in the ancient world’. And he believes that Leviticus was ‘created gradually over a long period and includes the words of more than one writer’.” Now that this false teacher has gone this far, he feels free to blatantly write whatever Scripture he wants to; and, since his desire is to legitimize homosexuality, he boldly rewrites Sacred Text: ”

    He then argues that “an earlier edition of Leviticus & may have been silent on the matter of sex between men.” (Note carefully: He means a non-existent edition of Leviticus. A Leviticus that is the figment of his own imagination. A Leviticus without a shred of textual, manuscript support in any ancient language at any period of time.) Not only so, but Dr. Dershowitz even claims that ‘there is good evidence that an earlier version of the laws in Leviticus 18 permitted sex between men’.”

    But, of course, this false teacher does not produce an ‘earlier edition of Leviticus’ because there is none! Listen now to this refutation of Dershowitz’s blatant heresy.

    “Let’s remember that:

    1) There is not one positive word in the Bible about homosexual practice.

    2) Every reference to homosexual practice in the Bible is categorically negative.

    3) Every scriptural example of marriage and family is heterosexual.”

    Here is the bottom line in defending the original Biblical Leviticus: “That means that for all those who hold these texts to be God’s Word, the matter has long been settled. Homosexual practice is forbidden by God, but there is the possibility of forgiveness, redemption, and new life for all who put their trust in the Redeemer.” This book featured above, “Love Unto Light”, provides the message that people caught up in homosexuality need to hear! This message provides unique hope and deliverance. Pastor Peter Hubbard reveals that, at the end of the matter, homosexuals are sinners and need to be saved by the same wonderful Gospel of Jesus Christ that any other kind of sinner needs.

    Dealing with homosexuality as a sin liberates the person caught up in this behavior, because sin can be repented and forgiven just like the sin of greed, murder, theft, etc. Gays are told repeatedly that they cannot help their sexual orientation, that they were born that way; understanding that homosexuality is sin is totally liberating because Jesus came to save sinners!

    Liberal Baptist chuch-goer, former President Jimmy Carter threw gasoline on this fiery subject:

    NEWS BRIEF: “Former President Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would ‘Approve’ of Gay Marriage”, Breitbart News,
    9 July 2018

    “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Jesus would approve of gay marriage and certain abortions in an interview with HuffPost Live. Speaking of his faith, Mr. Carter said in his career as a politician he never ran across ‘any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith’.”

    This false analogy is similar to that expressed by Adolf Hitler when he said that everything he did, he did it with a “clear conscience”! Therefore, his genocidal program which killed 6 million Jews and 12 million other “devalued persons” was carried out with a clear conscience.

    “Regarding whether he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage, Carter replied ‘I don’t have any verse in Scripture’, but added, ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else’, he said.”

    This line of reasoning is precisely that of the LGBT-Q argument.

    Gay apologists then take a huge leap into the Abyss by saying that this lack of specific condemnation means that Jesus did not oppose homosexuality. These LGBT-Q then take specific aim at the Apostle Paul by stating that he was expressing a personal belief that Jesus would not support.

    Southern Baptist evangelist, Franklin Graham, (Son of deceased world evangelist: Billy Graham) disagrees with Jimmy Carter and says so:

    NEWS BRIEF: “Franklin Graham Responds to Jimmy Carter’s Claim That Jesus Would Approve of Gay ‘Marriage’ ,
    The Stream, July 14 , 2018

    “Graham addressed Carter’s statement in a Facebook post Tuesday. Graham said he would ‘respectfully disagree’ with the former president. Graham posted: ‘He is absolutely wrong when he said Jesus would approve of gay marriage. Jesus didn’t come to promote sin, He came to save us from sin. The Bible is very clear. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality.”

    Franklin then quotes he warning against homosexuality found in Romans 1:24-27, an argument which will be automatically rejected by homosexuals because LGBT-Q apologists have already thoroughly discredited Paul’s writings.

    However, Jesus did make more than one statement which should forever demolish the idea that He did not oppose homosexuality. Our Savior said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 17:17-18, KJV) Jesus’ statement here means that He supports every single law of the Old Testament. And, this truth brings us squarely back to Leviticus!

    Further, in the Book of Revelation (authored by Jesus Christ, the Omega and the Alpha, the First and Last) given to the Apostle John as a vision while he John was on the Isle of Patmos:

    5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

    6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

    7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

    8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    For those of you not familiar with the Leviticus passage which ties into the word abominable above:

    Leviticus 18:22 King James Version (KJV)

    22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    Can you see why gay apologists so badly want to recreate the Book of Leviticus?

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  • Excellent Scriptural and Practical Comments by Dr. Georgie Porgie and Beautiful Beige…To Which I will Add to those who Wrest the Word of God to Suite their Narrative and Sinful ways…

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  • BEAUTIFUL BEIGE

    Thank you Freedom Crier. We are like “voices crying in the wilderness” “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”.

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  • Matthew 18:16 – But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

    Hope you are Listening Dean Cumberbatch!

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  • WHEN BELIEFS CHANGE
    Many of us believe in Jesus and in the reliability of the Bible. We were taught from a young age what the Bible says about how to live our lives. We know what’s right and wrong. We know what God values. But when it comes to upholding those values, we falter.

    It’s not hard to hold to biblical beliefs when we are in the comfort of Sunday school rooms with flannel graphs. But then we get into the world and things are different. We go to schools and jobs and we’re confronted with people who have differing world views on many issues.
    It’s so easy to lie about our beliefs, not be truthful, or maybe even change our beliefs. It’s incredibly easy to change when it seems the entire world is saying that homosexuality is good, natural, loving, and okay. It’s easy to go with the changing tide, and it’s difficult to go against popular belief and be labeled as hateful or bigoted.

    A lot of people I know have had friends and family members who have come out to them, and they don’t know what to do. They know what the Bible has to say about actively being in a same-sex relationship, but they don’t know how to reconcile that with their friendships. As a matter of fact, I can bet that most Christians I know who have changed their view on this tender issue have done so because someone they love came out to them.
    When people we love come to us and tell us about a part of their life that is out of line with Scripture, we have some choices: We can kick them out of our life. We can ignore it. We can change our beliefs so there’s no tension between us. Or we can keep loving them and hold our beliefs firm.
    For me, the last option has always worked the best.

    We live in a time when we will be called bigots and narrow-minded for holding on to what we believe the Bible says. I say, “So be it.” Remember that when we live in the tension of grace and truth, there will be times when we side with grace and seem overly gracious. Then when we side with the truth of an issue, those same people who thought we were too gracious may now think we’re too strict. If that seems confusing and maybe even a bit uncomfortable, that means you’re starting to understand how the tension is necessary to walk in and harder than simply always siding with grace or truth.

    I believe the tension proves that you can’t have real grace without truth, and you can’t have real truth without grace. In this instance, we’re leaning heavily on the truth side.

    We can and must hold true to what we believe God’s Word says on any issue, including this one. It is possible to love others and not agree with areas in which they live their life. It is possible to be like Jesus, stay committed to God’s way, and still be a light in their life. There’s no reason believers should change orthodox beliefs on what Scripture says in order to keep a relationship with another person.

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  • People say, “I don’t think that homosexuals or Pedophiles choose these things either they are born that way”…now they are promoting Pedophilia and Bestiality under the Guise of Free Sexual Orientation. They have moved even further by saying not only are we free to do it but that everyone should do it to justify their behaviour….This is not Sodom & Gomorrah where these people are headed this will make Sodom & Gomorrah look like the Church Choir.

    God does not make mistakes men make their own CHOICES… We are all here to overcome our weaknesses and if that is your weakness overcome it not indulge it!

    Hear TEDx PROMOTES PEDOPHILIA

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  • A popular pastor said, “Facebook is blocking almost everyone from seeing John 3:16, ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ the resurrection of Jesus Christ and my other posts.” Pastor Steven Andrew has a sizeable audience, with 467,000 people liking his page. Yet, Facebook showed these posts to only hundreds of people each. (The number will be higher with media coverage.)

    Andrew said, ‘I am being silenced by Facebook. Christianity is being silenced!”

    “These posts are filled with God’s forgiveness and truth, which are the greatest message of love,” he said.

    Andrew is called the “Facebook pastor” and spent thousands of dollars with Facebook advertising to build up the followers. Before the censoring, he reached 5 to 8 million people per month, with an average post going to 30,000 to 60,000 people. Some posts reached a million people. However, after Facebook said they were cracking down on fake news in 2016, they shadowbanned Andrew, blocking about 5 million people per month.

    “Christianity is not fake news,” he said.

    Andrew contacted Facebook about the censoring earlier, but they did nothing. He also requested Facebook remove the fake accounts impersonating him that scam followers for money, but Facebook refused. There are over 70 impersonating accounts.

    Andrew said, “Facebook caused a loss millions of dollars in donations and the ability to grow my website traffic.”

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