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Jamaica Observer: THE Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in Jamaica has launched the country’s first ever National Religious Liberty Association to defend the rights of employees, students and every other Jamaican whose religious liberty is under threat.
Charisma News: Professor Brendan Bain, a practicing Christian who serves to treat AIDS patients, was the director of the regional coordinating unit of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network (CHART) at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, until his anti-gay sex comments caught up with him.
AP: Several church pastors in Jamaica led a revival meeting Sunday to oppose efforts to overturn the Caribbean country’s anti-sodomy law and turn back what they see as increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
AP: In the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica, the government operated transit system has banned the practice of preaching to captive audiences on buses after complaints from some passengers.
Jamaica Gleaner: Although it is fashionable to frame the discussion about the reform of buggery laws in terms of human rights, a more serious look at the issue from a public policy perspective indicates that it is essentially a public-health matter.
Toronto Sun: “A openly gay man who is married to his partner has won a bid for refugee status due to concerns his life may be in jeopardy if he is deported to his native Jamaica.”
CaribWorldNews: But Jamaicans CWNN spoke with say the action is outrageous. `Who are they to be imposing their beliefs on us and boycotting Jamaican products?` questioned D.C.-based national Ann Walters. `How is that going to change how people in Jamaica view homosexuality? [sic.] Isn’t there homophobic people in the US so why not attack `Made in the USA?`
Radio Jamaica: “Justice Minister and Attorney General, Senator Dorothy Lightbourne announced Wednesday that the Child Pornography Bill is soon to be introduced in Parliament after Cabinet on Monday, gave approval for the bill to be tabled in the House of Representatives.”
The Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed its support for the teaching of children about sex and HIV/AIDS before age 12, and dismissed suggestions that providing youngsters with such information would lead them to experiment with sex.
A graphic video showing various abortion techniques – a last-ditch effort by the Coalition for the Defence of Life to discourage the passing of a law to decriminalise abortion – yesterday made several parliamentarians uneasy.