Skip to main content

EDITORIAL – PM should decry homophobic bigotry

The story of Maurice Tomlinson, a lecturer at the University of Technology (UTech), reported by this newspaper yesterday, reverberates with the insensitivity of supposed students of the law and at the same time highlights the mediaeval attitude that still largely prevails in Jamaica towards gays.

And having declared her principled position on the rights of gays, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller should add her voice to the protection of Mr Tomlinson’s rights under the Constitution of Jamaica.

Maurice Tomlinson is an attorney. He also teaches law at UTech. He came into public notice more recently when it was reported in Canada that he had married his male partner.

In homophobic Jamaica, where a former prime minister declared that he would have no gays in his Cabinet and his successor waffled, equivocated on and parsed his response to the subject, Mr Tomlinson’s action is a potential death sentence.

Myopic law students

Indeed, he has gone into hiding and has told this newspaper that he was advised by the police that it would be unsafe to appear on the UTech campus “because my security has been compromised”. Put bluntly, Mr Tomlinson has received death threats.

The university law faculty has been unable, as yet, to find a substitute lecturer for Mr Tomlinson’s course, and students were advised – apparently by Mr Tomlinson – to sit in with other lecturers.

What has surprised this newspaper is the response of some part-time students affected by the disruption – an apparent absence of sympathy or concern for a man whose life is reportedly in danger.

They are angry over personal scheduling difficulties caused by Mr Tomlinson’s absence, complaining that even with the arrangement he attempted to put in place, “we will still be at a disadvantage”.

We would be forgiven if we concluded that this lack of empathy and compassion by the affected law students betrays both deep moral failings and weak appreciation for the course of study on which they have embarked. Put another way, it would seem that the concentration of these UTech students is on certification. The substance of the law is secondary.

Breach to one, breach to all

What even early students of the law, like those taught by Mr Tomlinson, should have already learnt is that their rights as individuals cannot be secure if his can be trampled on with impunity. The ultimate protection of one’s rights is a democratic society’s adherence to the rule of law. There is no more fundamental right than the right to one’s life, which, incidentally, is among the first named rights and freedoms protected in Section 13 (3)(a) of the Charter of Rights in Jamaica’s Constitution.

Perhaps, in time, the peeved UTech students will appreciate that the application of the law has to be universal, and universally fair, for it to be worthy. Prime Minister Simpson Miller can help in promoting this understanding.

The prime minister displayed courage in defending people’s right to lifestyles of their choice when she declared that sexual orientation would not be a criterion for membership in her Cabinet. She must repeat often that there is no right to impunity against people whose lifestyles the majority does not like. For a real test of a democracy is how it protects the rights of minorities.

The PM should also champion the cause for the repeal of the buggery law.

The opinions on this page, except for the above, do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gleaner. To respond to a Gleaner editorial, email us: moc.mjrenaelgnull@rotide or fax: 922-6223. Responses should be no longer than 400 words. Not all responses will be published.

original article can be found here!

17 thoughts on “EDITORIAL – PM should decry homophobic bigotry

  1. Hello, i feel that i saw you visited my web site so i came to “go back the choose”.I am trying to to find issues to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to make use of a few of your ideas!!

  2. certainly like your web-site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the truth on the other hand I will surely come back again.

  3. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I am hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming also. Actually your creative writing skills has inspired me to get my own website now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  4. I’ve browse through a number of the articles on your web page at this point, along with I truely enjoy the way you web publication. I included your internet site to individual of my bookmarks in addition to undeniably will be checking back exceedingly soon. Take a look at my personal site additionally as well as allow me recognize what you sense.

  5. Hello there. I sought after to drop you a quick jot down to be real able to speak my own gratitude. I have been following your blog for a month or so as well as have picked out up a lot of extremely first-class particulars as well as cherished the method you have structured your own up website page. I am trying to govern my individual web blog, however I think its too universal as well as plus I care for to focus extra on smaller matters. Being the whole stuff to the whole people is not all that its cracked up to be.

  6. Just wish to say your article is as astounding. The clarity to your publish is just spectacular and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grasp your RSS feed to stay up to date with impending post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  7. 1 Otc Soma Cyclobenzaprine 100 Tabs No Prescription Kittens Amoxicillin 400mg order fioricet paypal. No Prescription Generic Amoxicilline Coupon Vytorin Prescription Coreg 2000 Mg Tramadol Pain Killer Without A Rx . Can You Take Xanax With Zoloft Hctz No Prescription Get Best Buy Viagra Price Cheap Order Tramadol Robaxin Without A Prescription Muscle Relaxant Xanax Online Illegal Augmentin Warnings Amoxicillin Clavulanic Acid . We recommend information also: Free Viagra And Side Effects Cialis In U S Xanax Tabletta Third Trimester Sinequan No Prescription Citalopram Drugs.com. http://tabooyardies.com.

  8. Thanks for your information on this blog. Just one thing I would wish to say is the fact that purchasing electronic devices items over the Internet is not something new. The fact is, in the past 10 years alone, the marketplace for online electronics has grown a great deal. Today, you will find practically any specific electronic system and product on the Internet, from cameras plus camcorders to computer spare parts and gambling consoles.

  9. Coreg Profile Super 2 Sildenafil Citrate Adalat Cc Online Consultation Rx Lasix Nuclear Renal Scan Kidney Function Toprol Interaction With Cialis Proscar For Receding Hairline Flagyl Dog Dosage Pepto Bismol buy adalat retard Soma 50mg Caps Methotrexate Administration For Ectopic Tubal Pregnancies The Dangers Of Prozac Purchase Finasteride Cheap Online buy adalat cheap Hair In Loss Treatment Woman Finasteride Lorazepam Detection Time Back Pain Oral Baclofen Carisoprodol Without A Prescription Soma buy clomiphene citrate Methotrexate And Cancer Risk Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Od On Xanax Sites Safe Buy Viagra Online Lasix Nursing Precautions buy clomiphene cheap Zithromax Fluoroquinolone Community Acquired Pneumonia Lorazepam V Buy Xanax Buy Flagyl Online Prescription Without No Prescription 180 Generic Soma buy cialis emedsrx Mixing Viagra Interaction Alcohol Peach Alprazolam Gg 256 Hypoglycemia Prozac Def Propecia Ativan Route Funny Cialis Doesn T Work

  10. Amoxicillin Clavulanate Imdb Webmd And Cialis Adalat Online No Prescription Order Cialis Taken With Viagra Avodart Proscar Propecia Finasteride Methotrexate Accutane Soma Tea Canada Ultram And Drug Interactions buy adalat xl Taking Xanax Oxycontin Viagra Side Effects In Men Methotrexate And Cancer Incidence Zithromax Can I Drink buy adalat 30 mg Xanax Ua Amoxicillin Medication Birth Control Tramadol Zofran Mechanism Of Action Amoxicillin Kittens Side Effects Ovulating And Taking Clomid Clomiphene Citrate Amoxicillin Premedication Mitral Valve Prolapse Liquid Arimidex Dosage 1mg Sucrose In Flagyl Amoxicillin Online Online Available Clomiphene Research Chemicals Clearance Zyban No Prescription Needed Native American Generic Viagra Mix Amoxicillin And Tylenol Bacterial Amoxicillin 2 Gm buy cialis uk cheap Cheap Soma Perscriptions Recipe Cod Canda Cialis Prescription Prozac Treats Panic Disorder Methotrexate For Dog No Prescriptions Facts Amoxicillin Proscar Tablets 5mg

  11. I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up. “The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.” by Rita Mae Brown.

  12. Youre not the common web page writer, man. You without doubt have something powerful to add together to the web. Your sketch is so physically powerful that you could almost become away with being a awful writer, but youre even tremendous at revealing what you have to utter. Such a enormous web publication. I’ll be back for more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WordPress Anti-Spam by WP-SpamShield