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Betraying Its Baptist Heritage

EDITOR, The Tribune

Pride Bahamas organiser Alexus D’Marco’s differences with the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) are irreconcilable, especially given the fact that her organisation is planning on staging a gay pride event in 2020. Homosexuality is explicitly condemned in both Old and New Testaments. Unless D’Marco and her people are willing to repent, what is there to discuss?

As the moral conscience of the Bahamas, the BCC is well within its constitutional rights to voice its opposition to the said event. The irony of all this is Rights Bahamas’ condemnation of the Christian organisation for exercising its right to free speech. Apparently, the Christian community is not allowed the same privileges as the infinitesimal LGBT community that the oldest political party in The Bahamas, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), is now cowering before. With its recent endorsement of the gay event, the PLP is the first major political party to make such a risky move in a predominantly heterosexual and socially conservative country. This is political pandering at best. With such a tiny minority of potential voters who will have minimal impact on the 2022 general election, PLP strategists are misreading the political landscape.

The PLP has also betrayed its baptist heritage. Under the auspices of the legendary baptist clergyman, Rev Harcourt W Brown, Pastor of the historic Bethel Baptist Church, the baptist community played a vital role in the PLP achieving majority rule in 1967. It was Brown who gave the PLP its Exodus motif, arguing that the January 10, 1967 election date correlated with the biblical Exodus of Israel out of Pharaoh’s Egypt, which was held on the tenth day of the first month on the Hebrew sacred calendar some 1400 years before the birth of Christ. Brown was successful in portraying the United Bahamian Party as the Egyptians and Sir Lynden Pindling as the “Black Moses.” It was the Old Testament Moses who gave to the world God’s written prescriptive Moral Laws against homosexuality. The breaking of these laws has caused disastrous consequences to the LGBT community that it doesn’t want the wider Bahamian community to hear about.

Had Brown been living today, he would’ve undoubtedly rebuked the PLP for betraying its baptist heritage.

KEVIN EVANS

Grand Bahama

November 24, 2019

Comments

Porcupine 6 days, 19 hours ago

Mr. Evans states, "Unless D’Marco and her people are willing to repent, what is there to discuss?" Exactly right Mr. Evans. Let us never discuss how many times your favorite fairy tale book says not to judge. But, of course you are not judging, are you? And, while the PLP may have abandoned their Baptist roots, it seems apparent from reading the daily papers that your god has abandoned the Bahamian people. Or, have the Bahamian people abandoned god? Or, is there a god? Is it a man? Does he/she really care what one of its species does in their bedroom. At some point in time, it is hoped that humankind can abandon their foolishness. And come to live together as one. And quit suggesting that some are so smart, or divine, that they can truly speak the word of god, if there really is one. More than anything, the bible seems to push loving your neighbor above all. Did you miss the forest for the trees, Mr. Evans?

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joeblow 6 days, 17 hours ago

... at some point we will all get to exhale for the last time. Then we will know the truth and not have to speculate, right? Until then, each has the right to put forth their beliefs that no other has to choose!

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Dawes 6 days, 15 hours ago

LOL and that same law Moses gave also said a lot for our sweethearting population. But Mr. Evans seems to stay quite on that, which is strange seeing as how this is a much larger number of the Bahamian population. Which means there is a lot more souls that need to be saved.

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banker 6 days, 14 hours ago

LOL, it's religionists like this that is holding the Bahamas back as an enlightened nation. The hypocrisy is remarkable. Believe what you want, but don't try to force your views on anyone else. Why do you think that bishops sweetheart and chase Mammon -- they know that there are no afterlife consequences or any consequences at all, because of the backwards folks who believe 2000 year old fairy tales.

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hrysippus 6 days, 14 hours ago

I do not think many readers take this particular prolific letter writer seriously. Views expressed by right wing religious bigots rarely have any basis in actual facts.

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sheeprunner12 6 days, 11 hours ago

Bahamian politicians have betrayed God ............... much less a denomination

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