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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 4:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Catholic Diocese of Belize issued a statement explaining the reasons why it cannot support the Equal Opportunity Bill.

In beginning of its statement, the Diocese says that “ The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, for example, that people with homosexual tendencies, must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.”

The Diocese then goes on to explain that they believe the Equal Opportunity Bill was rushed.

“It is a bill of great magnitude and consequences for all institutions and individuals of this nation. Therefore, we need time, as a country to fully study the best way to serve the groups protected by the EOB and to come to a nationwide consensus on this,” the Diocese expressed.

The Diocese says that the EOB is the most controversial in the history of Belize.

“People of good will oppose it and others are in favor,” it added.

The Diocese says that in its current form it cannot support the bill due to the following reasons:

1 .  The unparalleled power it would give to the Commission and the Tribunal

2.  The danger of a pendulum effect. In our efforts to help some who are being discriminated against, we could end up endangering our cherished freedom of conscience and freedom of religion. There is some exception in the EOB made for religious organizations, but none for individual believers with deeply held, Bible-formed  beliefs. They would be discriminated against under the EOB.

3.  The danger of infringement on parental rights.

4.  The novelty of the anthropology behind the EOB. The bill introduces the notion that humanity has three sexes instead of two, the notion that subjective gender identity is more important than one’s God given, biological sex and would impose on Belizeans the task of “gender mainstreaming.”  Although we live in a globalized world these days, these new sexual doctrines do not resonate with us in Belize and may put in danger the family structure ordained by God.

5.  Law has a great power to form consciences and opinions. We consider that this bill in its present form would do much to confuse the youth of Belize regarding the sacredness of sexuality and that sex is not first of all a pleasure source but a way toward holy matrimonial union and the conception of children.

6.  Endangerment to the sovereignty of Belize. In section 3(h) the EOB opens the door for United Nations Committees and “experts” — who do not live in Belize and do not understand our values and culture– to dictate the terms of our laws. This would be a new colonialism.

The Diocese commends the efforts and intentions of the framers of the bill and share the desire to end unjust discrimination.


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