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Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship calls upon US Ambassador to take down rainbow flag

| 2016-06-15 00:00:00

The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship views as provocative and insensitive the flying of the rainbow flag at the US Embassy in Kingston since yesterday, Monday June 13, 2016. Counselor for Public Affairs at the Embassy, Joshua Polacheck, said that the flag would be flown at half mast for the next few days as a mark of respect for those slain at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

29 year old American, Omar Mateen, of Fort Pierce, Florida is alleged to have pledged allegiance to ISIS as he gunned down 49 people. Mateen was subsequently shot and killed by the police.

Following news of the massacre, said to be the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship yesterday extended condolences to the victims and their families. The LCF condemned the use of violence against persons because of their sexual orientation or on the basis of disagreement on moral, religious or other grounds.

According to LCF President, Helene Coley Nicholson, “Guns have never been known to kill ideas only people. Change in opinions, lifestyle or beliefs can only come through respectful dialogue which acknowledges the sanctity of life and our common humanity. Our weapons in the struggle are not carnal. Those who think and act otherwise are on the wrong side and will never win the battle for justice and true freedom”.

Even as the world, including Jamaica, pauses to acknowledge the gruesomeness of what happened in Orlando, the LCF is cautioning Washington and its embassy in Kingston against using the moment to push that country’s LGBT agenda on our island. We respect the sovereign right of the United States and other nations to self determination and legislative independence. In return, Jamaica asks for the same degree of respect.

The LCF believes the flying of the rainbow flag, a counter cultural symbol of a movement dedicated to undermining Jamaica’s buggery and marriage laws, sends an overt symbol that the United States embassy in Jamaica is aligned with those who would break our laws. Notwithstanding the fact that the embassy is considered American territory in international law, the LCF asks ambassador, Luis Moreno, to immediately take down the flag and, in so doing, eliminate potential misunderstanding and barriers to the natural outpouring of sympathy and support for the United States and those who have suffered.


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