Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Don we now our gay apparel

Apparently the 'acknowledged and unrepentent homosexual' Elton John's 'visit to the island' to perform at the Tobago Jazz Festival 'can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle.' (See the below pasted and copied newspaper article). When a friend of mine told me last night that religious people in Tobago were in an outcry over Elton John's coming to Tobago because of his sexuality I thought she was joking.

This morning there is the most recent article (apparently there have been ongoing debates) on the subject. According to the article, T & T is the only place in the world that has ever called for a ban on Elton John because of his sexuality. Hmmm ...

"Members of the public who called in to radio programmes gave reasons of moral and spiritual value while one person claimed that there is an immigration law banning confessed homosexuals and lesbians from entering the country." (Source).

Er ... is it also illegal to be born, bred and living in the country?


Tobago Christians say no to gay Elton John
Elizabeth W Allard Tobago Bureau
Sunday, March 11th 2007

Various sections of Tobago's Christian community are calling for the banning of Sir Elton John from performing at the third annual Plymouth Jazz Festival scheduled from April 27 to 29.

John, an acknowledged and unrepentant homosexual, is one of the festival's biggest draws, and Tourism Secretary Neil Wilson has countered that John is coming to perform and not to transfer his beliefs to the wider community.

In any case, Wilson said, let who is without sin cast the first stone.

However, Archdeacon Phillip Isaac, insists that John's lifestyle does not abide by what the Bible says, and firmly stands by the Christian principle that a man should not lie with a man.

He continued, "The artiste is one of God's children and while his lifestyle is questionable he needs to be ministered unto. His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle."

Isaac further stated that whether or not John is allowed to come to the island to perform, the religious communities need to cover their congregations spiritually.

Pastor of the People's Pentecostal Church, Glenroy Frank, said the controversy over John coming to perform in Tobago is a bit hypocritical since the very same church has endorsed gays as priests. In addition to this, he pointed out, several priests, both locally and internationally, have been charged with sexual crimes against children.

Frank however emphasised that he stands by the word of God which condemns homosexuality.
His message to John is to accept Jesus Christ into his life, and change his ways.

CL Communication's CEO, Tony Maharaj, who at this time is in Los Angeles, USA, making final confirmation of artistes, told the Sunday Express that John will be performing on April 29.

His being a homosexual should not prevent him from performing as an entertainer. He is not coming to preach, he insisted, "and nothing has changed with respect to him performing".

Comments from members of the public are below that article)



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10:07 AM  
Blogger 1blkquill said...

It never cease to amaze me how we tend to stand in judgement of our own ignorance and fears.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Paula Obe said...

What is it that stright people are afriad of, do they actually believe that homosexuality is contagious? Is their faith so weak that the mere sight of Elton John will seduce them into another lifestyle. If a man or woman is confident with who they are, what is there to fear? I believe in living and letting live...who the hell are we to judge anyone...

This is so embarasing to the world that we would even think of banning a man such as Elton John. This only showcases our ignorance and lack of education and tolerence... Shame on you...you know who you are. And as christians aren't we suppose to love...when most of you do is judge others...not once did Jesus ever judge...so who died and made you God?

I’ve spent many lonely nights
many lonely nights in tears
trouble like water under the bridge
telling me things that I don’t wish to know
the caroni river overflows
and traffic is piled up for hours
just like these emotions inside my head
just like these emotions inside my head

the church says don’t do this it’s wrong
the church says don’t do that it’s wrong
and the church says don’t you dare
love your own reflection
men in robes telling me what to do
men in robes telling me who to love
and how do I choose
living in a Christian world
when it’s you that keep me sane
when night falls
you that keep me safe
when all else fails

if I shatter this reflection they’ll win
tired of writing love-notes in the fire
tired of reading ashes in the dawn
i hear hypocrisy has a new name in town
tell me something father
what is it you tell those little boys
do you tell them to climb
the staircase to your heaven
do you make them say
10 hail mary’s full of grace
so that they can be saved
since you’re the closest thing
to God.

Copyright 2004 Paula Obe

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