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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020. 6:35 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB)  has publicly registered its disappointment with the Prime Minister of Belize and the National AIDS Commission for excluding the evangelical churches from the ongoing consultation process regarding the proposed Equal Opportunities Bill (EOB).

NEAB issued a statement today saying that it supports “legitimate” equal opportunities and supports the spirit of the EOB particularly when it comes to victims of abuse, people with HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities, but notes that the Bill contains more than those considerations.

However, from the content of the Bill, from the invitation and inclusion of UNIBAM and the Human Dignity Trust at the drafting table, and now the exclusion of Evangelicals, it’s perfectly clear to the nation that the EOB in every draft is primarily an “LGBT Equalizer” initiative. The constitutional rights of many Belizeans are both implicitly and explicitly compromised and jeopardized by the EOB,” NEAB said.

The organization also said that the consultation process would be “severely incomplete and disingenuously lopsided ” if the churches are excluded from the discussion, noting that all churches that have reviewed the Bill have rejected it.

“We see exactly what this Bill is designed to do, which is to enlarge and force the LGBT agenda. Of greatest concern for us is the simple issue of “exemption for religious conviction.” We do not support hate, rejecting people, disenfranchising people, or pushing people out. However, we are resolute to protect our rights, our children, and the children of Belize from dangerous “gender fluidity and LGBT ideology,” NEAB added.

The organization ultimately called for the government to promote an EOB that respects the rights of all Belizeans that is free from what it considers an “LGBT supremacy agenda.”

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