City distances itself from Deputy Mayor’s attack on homosexuals
Corporation of Hamilton Deputy Mayor Donal Smith has launched a withering attack on homosexuality, grouping gays with “freaks”, while claiming that anyone who supports same sex marriage is “condemned”.
And he also lashed out at international business, arguing that it had helped destroy Bermuda’s social fabric by making the Island more materialistic.
Appearing on the Seventh-day Adventist TV programme ‘Issues’ last night, Mr Smith was asked by host Richard Smith if he approved of same sex marriage.
“I’m not in support of it — not even two dogs get together and do the type of things that these people are alleged to be liking,” the Deputy Mayor replied.
He denounced “weak, weak politicians who would defend an argument that includes this type of behaviour”.
“I’m not for that, totally not for that. I mean those people have already been condemned and you can take that to the bank. It’s just a matter of time.”
Hamilton Mayor Greame Outerbridge distanced the municipality from Mr Smith’s comments in a press release issued today.
“The statements attributed in the daily newspaper to Deputy Mayor Donal Smith are his own opinions and thoughts and in no way reflect the thinking and sentiments of the Council of the City of Hamilton. These comments were made during an interview on a religious television programme. We respect everyone’s right to freedom of speech.”
Asked on the television show if he thought homosexuality was a choice or natural instinct, Mr Smith said: “I think it’s a choice. God makes us all a free will agent and everyone has a choice to drive on the right side of the road or the wrong side of the road — it’s your choice. If you drive on the wrong side of the road and you get in an accident you may die. It’s as simple as that.” Mr Smith said that religious belief was at the heart of his views and that his 32-year marriage was based on “the morality of marriage which is underlined by the word of God”.
“God says man and woman — he didn’t say man and elephant, man and dog or any other type of animal,” Mr Smith added.
“He had a reason for that, because his most prized possession was us. He gave us that authority, we were the rulers. Of course strange things happened after that.”
Mr Smith said he did not want to see same sex marriage legalised, but went on: “Government type people — politicians that make laws and amend laws — we seem to be leaning that way it appears.
“Shame on those who make that kind of law. They’re already damned so I would not like to see it. I’m not prophesying that it would happen. I don’t want it to happen but Bermuda is on a slippery slope.
“But let’s not just talk about homosexuality. Let’s not just talk about gays and lesbians and freaks. Let’s talk about sin. We were born in it, shaped in it, wrapped up in it — we are sin. We mess up, we fall down and we get on our knees and we ask for forgiveness, but sin is sin.
“I don’t hate a homosexual. I know some people who have those tendencies, but I don’t hate them. That’s just not something that I like. I mean you’re not going to just knock a steak out of my plate I don’t eat it. I’m not going to let you put a pork chop in mine. I don’t indulge in that, that’s not my thing. So if you’re going one way I’m going to have to go the other way on this one.”
Mr Smith added that same sex marriage could further break down society — something that, according to him, was already being done by international business.
“I mean the family structure in Bermuda is already fragmented,” he said.
“It’s like a glass that is been broken. You’re pouring water in but water never seems to fill up, because it’s cracked, so you’re not going to get a full glass when you’re trying to implement such a thing. It’s not going to happen. That glass will always be cracked and it will leak.
“If I want to be real, and I want to keep it real, International Business has attributed [sic] to the cause of our social fabric being sort of fragmented — it really has because now in our little small community if you have something that looks good, because it’s eye candy I need that but I don’t have the education and the means to go out and make that happen for myself. I become jealous and I move more towards doing things that are illegal.”
He said that most Bermudians were more connected when the majority were employed in hotels.
“But then we went and flirted with some girl who looked good called IB and what we got was greener grass — but it was astroturf,” he said.
He added that the entire community had to take responsibility for young men who became involved in crime
“We allow these kids to slip between the cracks and then we wonder why the taxes are going up and we have to support a $95,000-a-year jail bill.”
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