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Why does sexuality matter?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am probably going to catch some flak for this post but, frankly, I don’t give a crap!

My dear friend, Jeffrey (Johnson) St John, was murdered last Friday and the gossipmongers, including the media, are having a field day disparaging his name instead of concentrating on the ever increasing rate of criminality and the explosion of murders in our country. Jeff was a human being and, yes, he had a different sexual preference than most of us do, but he never tried to force himself or his lifestyle on anyone.

He lived his life privately and quietly, and conducted himself respectfully in the public and social arenas. He was a caring, considerate, loving person who willingly gave of his talents to help worthy causes and assisted those in need in whatever way he could. He gladly gave away clothes, food and money, whenever someone approached him with a need for those items.

That is the Jeff I knew, and that is the person on whom I wish that the newspapers and gossipmongers would focus.

I am wondering why the media or anyone else needs to refer to Jeff’s sexual orientation in discussing his murder anyway. The press never, ever mentions that a murder victim may have been an adulterer or fornicator, so why refer to Jeff as a homosexual? Does anyone really believe that, on Judgment Day, God will differentiate between heterosexual adulterers or fornicators and homosexuals? We will all be judged similarly for our transgressions because sin is sin, and the fires of hell await all who have sinned, have not confessed their sins, and sought God’s forgiveness.

This country is full of adulterers and fornicators, and many of the same people who are committing these sins are the ones who are disparaging Jeff’s name.

Well, I am angry enough to publish this letter because, in the same way that people feel that they are free to talk about my friend, whom most of them did not know personally, I feel free to express myself and defend him because I did know him personally and loved him like a brother.

I would like to refer to these four verses from The Bible: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”, “Judge ye not lest ye be judged” and, finally, “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone”.

I will never understand why this island has blackouts because, with all the angels and saints that are residing in Nassau, the blinding light from their halos should be more than enough to supply all the light that New Providence needs.

Holier than thou hypocrites!

SYLVIA E RICHARDS (Ms)

Nassau,

March 17, 2015.

Comments

jackbnimble 9 years ago

Well said, Ms. Richards!

Emac 9 years ago

Ms. Richards, we live in a matchbox. The Bahamas, Nassau in particular, have some of the biggest hypocrites that ever walked on this earth. Of course they are gonna call out people like Mr. Johnson because of their perceived sexuality (I say perceived because as far as I am concerned only people who have slept with the man really knows his sexual preference). Anyways, the majority of Bahamians will always be quick to send someone who they think is gay into the lake of hell, because it makes them feel better about the wicked sins they commit against each other daily! People who are looked upon as being gay are easy targets because the subject of homosexuality is emotive. One in which every so called Christian agree on. So it is okay to have sex with under aged girls or fornicate until your doggy drop off. But just don't even think about getting together with someone of the same sex, even if it is consensual. Lol.... Gatta love my Bahamian people dem

duppyVAT 9 years ago

Read Revelation 21:8 ...................... don't get worked up Sylvia ................ we will all be judged by the same standard .............. that list covers a whole multitude of sins (including faggots).

newcitizen 9 years ago

Revelations 21:8 doesn't actually mention anything about homosexuality. It says the sexually immoral. It's biggotry that associates that statement with homosexuality.

duppyVAT 9 years ago

Sooooooooooo, homosexuality is not sexual immorality???????? ....... like adultery, beastiality, misogny etc??????????? Whats the problem with calling a spade a spade?????? God created sex for male on female (be fruitful and multiply).... two men/women mating will never create another human being ............. anything other than sex in marriage for procreation/eros love is SIN aka sexual immorality .............. I didnt make the rules buddy........ go question GOD

vinceP 9 years ago

I agree 100% , very well written, and so, so true.

Bahamianpride 9 years ago

Totally agree, we are biggest morally selective Christians on the planet.. Pure hypocrisy, I don't even waste my time going to church anymore

Economist 9 years ago

We have a disproportionately large number of people who go to church and we can, therefore say we are a religious country.

But Christians, no we have very few Christians in this country.

Josie 9 years ago

Ms. Richard, my condolences to you and all of Mr. St. John's family and friends.

You hit the nail right on the head about the holier-than-thou hypocrites.

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