Today the Mormon church held a conference to say that they are willing to respect gay rights but only under one condition. The church, headquartered in Salt Lake City, says they will respect anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, providing that those laws off the same level of protection to religious people.
“When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser. Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender,” said a member of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles, Elder Dallin Oaks.
I am not a hug fan of the Mormon church as they were not too long ago they were a very racist organization. It was during the 60s that the Mormon church claimed that Black people had no souls. Notwithstanding, I think the stance they are taking today in regards to gay right is a good one and should be emulated by reggae artists, promoters and producers.
There is no group that has bare the brunt of prosecution from gay organizations like the reggae fraternity. Thousand of reggae shows of been cancelled across the globe, visas have been denied, earning potentials has been diminished and the list goes on. This all started from the song “Boom bye bye” recorded by Buju Banton over twent years ago but continues to haunt reggae artists even today.
Right now, Sizzla Kalonji, the greatest songwriter Jamaica and possibly the world has even know cannot tour anywhere in North America. He was even banned from performing on Sting, which is the top reggae dancehall show in his own homeland, Jamaica. Artists like Queen Ifrica, Capleton and others have continued to have their shows cancelled and earning potential impacted negatively. Ridiculous as it might sound, there are some in the reggae community who believe that they gay agenda is behind Buju Banton’s incarceration.
What the reggae community should do now, is take the stance that the mormon church is taking. Tell the gay community to respect the artists freedom of speech and in return, the reggae community will respect their gay rights. So gays should stop boycotting reggae shows and getting them cancelled. Stop protesting reggae events. Cease from pressuring radio station to not play reggae music or certain reggae artists. Also, stop pressuring advertisers to pull their advertisements from networks that choose to bring reggae artists onto their shows.
n return, the reggae fraternity will respect and support any and every law passed by a country to protect LGBT people.
Respect FREEDOM OF SPEECH!