T&T Cause

From left to right: Vernon De Leon, Bishop Dr Victor Gill and Bishop Keith Ramdass at a media conference at the Redemption Worship Centre, Chaguanas on Wednesday. Photo: Renuka Singh

People who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, homosexual or transgender should not have the same rights as “normal” people.

That is the view expressed by the Christian non-governmental organisation, T&T Cause.

The group is led by Bishop Keith Ramdass, Bishop Dr Victor Gill and Vernon De Leon and was formed “to resist the tide of immorality sweeping across our nation”.

The NGO held a media conference at Redemption Worship Centre, Chaguanas yesterday to promote their agenda and advertise a rally and march against same-sex marriage, which they say will follow if the buggery laws are repealed.

“Same sex marriage is a cancer. We must keep the buggery laws, if it is removed it is a slippery slope to same sex marriage,” said the group’s communication officer Aquila Holder.

The group seemed to contradict itself several times, saying that they love and respect gay people but not homosexuality and could not explain that contradiction.

They also contended that if the anti-buggery laws are repealed, it would mean that homosexual rights trumped heterosexual rights.

When asked if the group thought that heterosexuals had more rights than people in the LGBTQ community, they answered in the affirmative.

“Yes, we are saying that heterosexual rights are superior (to LGBTQ rights),” De Leon said.

The group’s ire seems to stem from the expected outcome of the unprecedented case in which gay activist Jason Jones is challenging this country’s homophobic laws.

Back in January, High Court judge Devindra Rampersad reserved his decision after hearing submissions in the landmark case. Rampersad is expected to deliver his judgment on April 12.

In the lawsuit, Jones is challenging the sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalises buggery and serious indecency even between consenting adults.

Jones is claiming that the legislation contravenes his constitutional rights to privacy and freedom of thought and expression.

But T&T Cause does not believe in those rights, which they claim for themselves, should be granted to anyone who identifies as gay.

“As the LGBTQ..I whatever other letter, it is not a human right, it is a human wrong,” Gill said.

“We are saying having rights and being right are two different things. You must respect the rights of others,” Gill. He did not see the irony in his statements and when questioned about the rights of all people, he said homosexuality is “unnatural and illegal”.

“It is something that is condemned in scripture. In this country , there is no evidence to show that homosexuals are being hunted down and violated. We love them and we respect them, but we don’t love homosexuality but you cannot sanitise it and make it right by law. If you make homosexuality legal, you are making Christian values illegal,” Gill said.

The group is also contending that if the anti-buggery laws are changed in any way, it would lead to teaching the “unnatural lifestyle” in schools and to the children.

“That agenda poses an existential threat to Christian values,” he said.

Gill said that even of the courts sided with Jones, it was up to the Parliamentarians to uphold the values of Christianity and not touch the anti-buggery laws.

“If they do, they will be digging their political graves,” Gill said.

The group is planning a silent protest outside Parliament On Friday April 6 and another outside the Hall of Justice on April 12 for the court ruling.

Ramdass called on all religious bodies to stand with them in this cause, saying that whoever does not come out to support them will also be responsible for the decline of the country.

“Any organisation, any person that sits on the side and does not come out and make a statement and show themselves as against the removal of the anti-buggery law, they have to hold themselves responsible for the state of the country. This is not really a religious walk, this is for society,” Ramdass said.


AS he defended the Government’s decision to continue to have closed borders “because the virus is still raging”, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has taken issue with nationals who want the borders opened.

“I know that they are nationals who believe that it (the Covid-19 pandemic) done, it pass and it gone because we have escaped the worst so far,” he said at a Tobago House of Assembly election public People’s National Movement meeting in Mt Pleasant, Tobago, on Thursday night.

There will be no changes to the existing public health regulations in light of Trinidad and Tobago having its first confirmed case of the UK Covid-19 variant — B117.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said yesterday that the ministry would not take any “knee-jerk” reactions and would base its decisions on epidemiological evidence. The discovery of the variant in a repatriated national from the UK should also not affect plans for the reopening for schools, Deyalsingh said.

Just oveR 8,000 citizens abroad who have currently applied to return to Tri­nidad and Tobago will have to reap­ply through a new online system, says National Security Minister Stuart Young.

The minister said the new exemp­tion system, which is similar to an application for a visa, will take effect from Monday, and all previous and new applications to enter and depart T&T will have to be made through this IT-driven process created by the National Security Ministry.

Principals are willing and anxious for upper form pupils to return to the classroom, possibly from next month, but are worried that schools would not have the adequate resources to keep pupils safe from the Covid-19 virus.

This concern was expressed yesterday by president of the Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools, Sherra ­Carrington-James.

Former government minister Robert Le Hunte has resigned his position as vice-chairman of the People’s National Movement.

Le Hunte confirmed this to the Express yesterday.

He said the resignation took effect on December 31.