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Ours is a secular society, churches should not try and impose their beliefs on us

Dear Sir,

United for Change wishes for churches to be exempt from the Amendment to the Human Rights Act protecting sexual preference and as of 10th September their website claims 84 church leaders representing 60 churches signing on under that banner.

United for Change is seeking to block employment and membership based on what is now a legislated human right. Homosexuality is labelled a lifestyle choice by the churches, but who in their right mind would sign up for a lifetime of being called an abomination by the large number that follow those supposedly preaching love? Up until the Amendment was passed there was no guarantee of job security, no guarantee that your landlord wouldn't give you notice to move on and no guarantee that you would be served in a shop or restaurant. There is science and counter science akin to the debate over climate change on the issue of nature v nurture deciding sexual preference. The debate is over, the legislation has passed and human rights have been afforded to the LGBT community. Stripping away internationally acknowledged human rights to cater to special interest groups is abhorrent.

I applaud the church leaders that do not stand with United for Change and kept out of the press on the issue. We live in a secular society where religious leaders should not collectively lobby our Government to see their will imposed on the people. Personal religious convictions in our Members of Parliament are their protected right, however it is also their duty to protect the rights of all of their constituents.

Sixty organisations in Bermuda are seeking exemption from the Human Rights Act in regards to membership and employment. This is the exact equivalent of 60 sports clubs seeking permission to hang a sign that reads “Non-whites need not apply.”

There is still a long way to go in the fight for true equality on this island. Let's not set that back by eroding basic human rights.

Yours Faithfully,


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Published September 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm)

Ours is a secular society, churches should not try and impose their beliefs on us

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