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Bishop: Gays Had Bad Childhood

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

MOST practising lesbians and gays are the products of dysfunctional families which are on the rise, claimed former Bahamas Christian Council President Bishop Simeon Hall yesterday.

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Bishop Simeon Hall

He said spousal abuse, incest and rape have irreversible negative affects on children and have contributed to a lesbian and gay community that is the fast growing subculture in Bahamian society.

Bishop Hall believes that in order to stunt the evolution of that group of persons there needs to be an overhaul of the family structure. 

“Strong, loving functional families,” he said, “are the last bastion against the homosexual avalanche. Most churches and sociologists agree that adult behaviour in all areas is shaped and influenced by what has happened in the family.

“Spousal abuse, incest and rape, all these have irreversible negative affects on children and unfortunately and regrettably these are on the rise. And I believe the root cause of some persons embracing the homosexual lifestyle.”

And although a noticeable growth of gay and lesbian couples has been seen throughout the country, Bishop Hall said he is not worried about non-heterosexual marriages becoming legal in the Bahamas. 

“I am convinced that the majority of the heterosexual Bahamians while they respect the individual rights of others will never accept the legalisation of same sex marriage and to this we give our full support.

“Same sex marriage clearly violates the divine intent, but will also cause greater deterioration of the social order as we know it today.”

In the short term, Bishop Hall repeated that the church must treat all lesbian and gay individuals as human beings.

“We must, in imitation of Christ reach out with love to those persons chained to this lifestyle. While I affirm that homosexuals are yet humans, I also assert that the practice is a deviance from what God’s word has established.

“Homosexuals and heterosexuals share a common humanity. A homosexual is still a person,” he said.

The Bishop has been accused of flip-flopping on this issue since he took a different tone against homosexuals a few years ago.

In response to newly released HIV/AIDS statistics in November 2011, he urged them to “seek help in turning away from their non-productive and deadly practice.”

He said the practice of homosexuality cannot produce anything good.

“Homosexuality…is anti-family (and) it goes against what God has ordained. It is deadly,” he said. 

Comments

Ironvelvet 1 year, 8 months ago

Bishop Hall I implore you to please site some evidence based research on this theory that familial abuse lends to homosexual lifestyles because I can certainly tell you there is no such reputable article that exists.

Yes, many psychologists and sociologists site and are correct in that family life affects adult behavior, but no where in that conclusion does that include sexual behavioral inclinations.

As far as your putting HIV/AIDS statistics, heterosexuals are far and away outrunning homosexuals on that front. Heterosexuals can learn alot from the homosexuals on how to control the transmission of that disease.

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TalRussell 1 year, 8 months ago

Comrades the secret is out. The more some these men's of the pulpit be yapping, the more reasons intelligent Bahamians should be making light of the rising dysfunctional attitudes, coming out the mouths of some these preacher men's?

Surely, every Bahamian and Resident of our Bahamaland has the right to experience God's love. Comrades it sure sounds to me like God's love is conditional in some religious quarters?

Comrades if we allow some these preacher men's to represent things that is contrary to the true teachings of Christianity, no wonder so many is believing that God is broke? Lord Jesus tell me these preacher men's, ain't on God's Holy Team?

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banker 1 year, 8 months ago

This is embarrassing for the Bahamas, and for its people. To think that the clergy are that ignorant, reflects poorly on the Bahamas in the eyes of the world.

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hellorg 1 year, 8 months ago

As a heterosexual/straight Bahamian man, I find the Bishops comments not only baseless but homophobic and repulsive. We are better than this.......

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TalRussell 1 year, 8 months ago

You would think with the rash of Bahamians in the news who have either committed suicide or thinking about taking their lives, that the Comrade Preacher Man Simeon would have better used his preacher men's pulpit, to address the seriousness of the "most irreversible" negative affect of them all....the taking one's own precious life by suicide?

I thought this was the same preacher men's who just weeks back was out there advocating for the numbers "bosses," that playing the numbers had become the fastest growing subculture in Bahamaland?

Comrades I ain't know how you is feeling but I is having problems, respecting someone who on one day is advancing the numbers "bosses" messages, and on another is claiming to also be a genuine representative of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of mankind?

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pete100miles 1 year, 8 months ago

Ignorant. Sorry but this so call dysfunctional man needs to stay in retirement.

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242 1 year, 8 months ago

he still talkin.... i guess he was thinkin about when PC say he had a bad childhood

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ktsears 1 year, 8 months ago

So to follow his logic we should promote "strong, loving functional families" not because they are good for all persons and do not have a prescribed makeup but because they will stop the "homosexual avalanche"?! I hope more and more people see this and recognize it for the bigoted nonsense that it is.

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really 1 year, 8 months ago

i aint no psychologist but every gay man i ever met told me they were molested at a young age....there is truth to what he say

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Josie 1 year, 7 months ago

Then you haven't met many gay men

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paul63h 1 year, 7 months ago

What a prick this bishop is third world mentality again i guess

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Required 1 year, 7 months ago

I really don't have the time go tget all worked up about an ignorant member of the clergy spewing nonsense. However, it is really sad that the Tribune considers this newsworthy, which it is not, for a variety of reasons.

For isntance, if the Tribune has any journalistic integrity, simple factchecking would have shown that Simeon Hall mixes half truths with myths to push his agenda.

Or because he has been at it for years, and did not add anything new to his latest round of hate mongering.

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username 1 year, 7 months ago

Bishop Hall, If you want to be be taken seriously as a social commentator, please check your facts before you open your mouth, and preferably... just after you check your bigotry, sophistry, paranoia, and mindless religious fervor at the door.

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Danie 1 year, 7 months ago

Bishop Hall's homophobic comments are a disgrace! Religious leaders in this country have a beautiful knack of focusing on the wrong things.

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Andreloha 1 year, 7 months ago

“Homosexuality…is anti-family (and) it goes against what God has ordained. It is deadly,” he said. Bishop Simeon Hall

Homosexuality is Genetic as seen in hundreds of animals species and humans. Another evidence then that there is no God. If God existed and is Almighty, why did he created homosexual animals and humans to punish them after since he could have prevented it ? This is non sense. The reality is, we were created by advanced scientists from another planet, the Elohim of the Bible, and they love all human beings, gays and lesbians too. Let's Welcome our true fathers from space in the Embassy they asked us to build and who love each one of us like their children.
www.rael.org

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pilgrimagerock 1 year, 7 months ago

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP.

LORD JESUS CHRIST died on the cross not to save animals but MANKIND.

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frankmcmullan 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree with Bishop Hall that most homosexuals are the products of dysfunctional famililies, though I don't know if they are on the rise. Most of us, whatever our sexuality, are the products of such families!! The only reason there is an increase in the numbers of people 'embracing the homosexual lifestyle" is that they have discovered the hard way how unhealthy it was for them to live the closeted, guilt-ridden, ashamed lifestyle the Church asked of them. The overall numbers of gay people seem no different as a proportion of the population than they've always been. Because Church has failed homosexuals so incredibly badly, they have had to find their own moral code and ways of living that allow them to contribute as fully as they can to the societies they live in. Bahaman society is a lot better than most on that account, though still with a journey to go before it has equal human rights for all.

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Andreloha 1 year, 7 months ago

Homosexuality is genetic and has been observed in 1500 animal species. It is genetic in Humans too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexu...

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