1 May 2012

Gays–except Elton John–not welcome to the Rock

I’ll probably be said to be ‘lookin’ for licks’ for publishing this. Buh look, I’ve become ‘confused no ass’ again – dis time on this issue of rights for so-called sexual minorities of the gay, lesbian, bi and trans-sexual class. Why ah so confuse’ (aka confused)? And later on I’ll explain why this has now been of concern to me.

A religious leader on the Rock recently has asserted (in effect) that if you are a Catholic, to be ‘homosexual’ is not a problem but if you engage in homosexual activity, God will find a problem with you. I now am forced to wonder if God has prohibited homosexual fantasies?

Well, well – I discover – or rediscover that the Immigration Act of T&T (last updated in 2009), in Section 8(e) prohibits the entry of homosexuals into T&T!! But in 2007 the ‘Tobago House of Assembly’ – part of the Government of T&T allowed Elton John entry to the country for a Jazz festival – in breach of the law of the land!! You don’t believe it? Read the relevant sections of the Immigration Act:

[e]xcept as provided in subsection (2), entry into Trinidad and Tobago of the persons described in this subsection, other than citizens and, subject to section 7(2), residents, is prohibited, namely

[...]

(e) prostitutes, homosexuals or persons living on the earnings of prostitutes or homosexuals, or persons reasonably suspected as coming to Trinidad and Tobago for these or any other immoral purposes;

For further analysis of the relevant law see UNCHR 2005-12-06.

Well – it is amazing that no organisation sought to have the Tobago House of Assembly subject to legal scrutiny in 2007 – Judicial Review perhaps – I wonder. Why not? Can or should a ‘State’ be allowed to just break it’s own laws without giving reasons or being held to account by the electorate? I’m noting this as a fine example of when the TT gov’t did so.  See also: TT Express – 2010-11-11 – Rajiv Gopie: Homosexuality and the law.

What does it mean when a State arbitrarily turns a blind eye to it’s own law? Who holds a State to account. God? Please – not today. God has never come out his ‘heaven’ to strike down any world leader. Quote me on that.

I have become perturbed about the above in approximation to the TT Government breaching its own international obligations in another far more serious matter in 1994. The  matter seems to show a certain ‘attitude’. If this becomes a pattern of ‘behaviour ', it would suggest there are seeds of a ‘rogue’ State – a thing we see amongst countries that operate arbitrarily and do not know the meaning of accountability. I beg you to study what happened that led to these words:

"Counsel finally submits that Mr. Ashby was arbitrarily deprived of his life when the State party executed him in full knowledge of the fact that Mr. Ashby was still seeking remedies before the Courts of Appeal of the State party, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Human Rights Committee. The Committee finds that, in these circumstances (detailed above at 6.3 to 6.6), the State party committed a breach of its obligations under the Covenant."

[emphasis is my own]

Think deeply – sleep lightly. Stay alert.

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