Over the past several weeks I’ve written a few essays (as I call them), which the Caymanian Times has graciously printed.
I’ve addressed the fact that BOTH NATURE AND SCRIPTURE AGREE AS TO WHAT MAKES A FAMILY (in agreement with the UDHR Article 16 (3) that the family is the NATURAL…unit of society. I further averred that COURTS DO NOT HAVE THE DUTY (OR RIGHT) TO REDEFINE MARRIAGE. And most recently I’ve written against the confusion that exists — even among legislators and church-goers — reminding our people to not conflate the idea of love with that of approval. Disapproval or disagreement does not mean that one hates those with whom one disagrees, or that disapproval of a behaviour or ideology is not synonymous with hatred of people.
I think I need to remind us that over 10 yrs ago there were persons who saw the looming threat to the family in the LGBT agenda—even before that acronym was so ubiquitous. It was the clergy, more than our political leaders, who sounded the alarm and advocated strongly that marriage and family would be protected in our Constitution, as it is (in our opinion).
One concern I and others have is that many of our elected representatives have accepted the narrative as designed by the LGBT propaganda arm, which conflates the concepts of love and approval — or, to put it in the form we most see it — that disapproval means hate. Another concern is that there is the rather naive idea that all discrimination is malicious or bad. This despite the fact that our Constitution provides for legitimate, reasonable and justifiable discrimination in order to protect certain things we value, such as in matters of immigration, holding public office and voting, and in engaging in business (as examples). Clearly without the exercise of discrimination in these matters, Cayman would be at the mercy of the world even more than it currently is. In fact, I would suggest that because of a lack of wise discrimination, Caymanian businesses and tradesmen are fast being sent to ride in the back of the bus. (Where are you, M.L.K. Jr.?)
Looking at our Constitution, it is clear that Section 16 (4) (b) and (c) provide for justifiable discrimination in order to protect those domains and areas that we as Caymanians felt needed special protection at the highest level. Unless our legislators act with haste to shore up our Constitution, I fear that not only our Marriage Law, but many other areas we feel are secure will be declared incompatible with some arbitrary standard of rights. And in the final analysis, the real implication of this global trend of activist courts is that our Legislature will not not just be rendered impotent, but redundant.
Pastor M. Alson Ebanks