Page 20 SUNDAY STABROEK, January 21, 2001
THE LEADERS OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CALL
THE NATION OF GUYANA TO REPENT, FAST, AND PRAY
FOR. GOD'S INTERVENTION TO STOP THE LEGALISATION
OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND ALL OTHER FORMS OF
SEXUAL IMMORALITY WHICH WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO
THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR SOCIETY AND INVITE GOD'S
JUDGMENT ON GUYANA.
The duration of the fast will be from
Monday January 22 to Wednesday January 24, 2001.
JONAH 3:5 & 10 "... SO THE PEOPLE OF NINEVEH BELIEVED GOD AND PROCLAIMED A FAST,
AND PUT ON SACKCLOTH, FROM THE GREATEST OF THEM TO THE LEAST OF THEM ... AND
GOD SAW THEIR WORKS, THAT THEY HAD CEASED FROM THEIR EVIL WAYS, AND HE
ABANDONED HIS PLAN TO DESTROY THEM."
R regarding Constitution (Amendment) (No. 5)
R Bill 2000 passed by the Parliament of Guyana
n Thursday, January 4, 2001: The leaders and
members of the Christian Community adamantly
oppose the recent amendment to the Constitution of
Guyana whereby discrimination is prohibited on the
basis of sexual orientation and marital status. (See
section 15 of the 2000 Bill).
As Christians, we believe, in accordance with the
teaching of the Holy Bible*, that the act of sexual
intercourse is only approved by God and beneficia) to
the individual, the family and the society when practiced
between a man and woman who are married to each
other, and that sexual intercourse in every other
circumstance - fornication, adultery, homosexuality,
lesbianism, paedophilia, bestiality - is abhorrent to God
and counter-productive to the welfare of the individual,
the family and the society. We are convinced that any
law which promotes and protects the practice of sexual
intercourse outside of marriage will result in a further
decay of the moral fabric of our society with all of its
attendant economic and social problems and costs.
In particular, the entire Christian Community
joins with all God-fearing Guyanese in opposing the
inclusion within the Constitution of Guyana, the highest
legal instrument of our land, of official endorsement and
national approval of sexual perversion under the guise
of removal of discrimination based on "sexual
orientation". We recognize that to protect
homosexuality/lesbianism in the highest law of the land
would serve to further erode family values and
undermine the social and moral fabric of our society
while giving impetus to the introduction of values and
behaviours that are alien to the values, culture and
traditions of our peoples.
In keeping with our duty to work for the
protection and prosperity of this nation, we are bound to
always teach, by word and act, against conduct and laws
which are in contravention of the laws of God. However,
if the aforementioned amendment to the Constitution is
permitted to stand, teaching and acting against corrupt
and ungodly sexual practices will be rendered an act of
discrimination and thus illegal.
Furthermore, the Christian Community is firmly
.opposed to the inclusion in the Bill of the clause which
states that "no person's religion or religious beliefshall
be vilified" (Section 8). This clause, if retained, will
effectively render it illegal to speak against practices andi
beliefs which are contrary to the teachings of the Bible.
Clearly, the noted portions of Section 8 and
Section 15, besides facilitating destruction and chaos in
our society, amount to an interference of the right to free
speech and the right not to be discriminated against on
the basis ofreligion.
In the light of all the above, we call for the
immediate removal of the above-mentioned phrases and
clauses from our Constitution.
* Scriptures that oppose homosexuality:
Leviticus 18:22 - Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an
Leviticus 20:13 - IfUaman also lie with mankind, as he lith with a woman, both of them
have committed an abomination, they shall surely be put to death, their blood shall be
Romans 1: 26-27 - For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their
women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also
themen, leavingthe natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one towards another,
men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompence oftheir error which was met