Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020. 4:13 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Equal Opportunities Bill, 2020, may be dead on arrival, but the fight over it isn’t.
Leading Roman Catholics have been speaking to Catholic News Agency about their reasons behind opposing the bill, which outgoing Prime Minister Dean Barrow said he hoped would be revived by a new administration.
Bishop Nicasio wrote on September 15 that the bill, if adopted, “ореnѕ thе dооr fоr Unіtеd Nаtіоnѕ Соmmіttееѕ аnd ‘ехреrtѕ,’ whо dо nоt lіvе іn Веlіzе аnd dо nоt undеrѕtаnd our vаluеѕ аnd сulturе, tо dісtаtе thе tеrmѕ оf оur lаwѕ. Тhіѕ would bе а nеw соlоnіаlіѕm.”
He added that the bill as written infringes on parental rights, confuses youth as to the “sacredness of sexuality,” greatly expands the bases of gender identity and sexual orientation, and gives too much power to the Equal Opportunities Commission to address inequality, resolve disputes, conduct research and education, and develop guidelines to assist the government, businesses and the community in identifying and eliminating systemic discrimination, and a judicial-based Equal Opportunities Tribunal.
In fact, the proprietor of Guadalupe Media, a Catholic Belizean news agency, Father John Robinson, SOLT, told CNA on October 13 that Belize would face dire consequences for its future and is not yet out of the woods.
“However, I am under no delusion that the war has been won. There is a push in education at all levels to accept the new gender theory and to normalize and promote the LGBT lifestyle. I am sure that there will be similar proposals in the future. It is important to realize that the Equal Opportunities Bill is only one part of a larger movement of social engineering that is largely promoted and funded by foreign entities. These groups have historically sought to bring about their agenda through education and law.”
The Government and particularly the Ministry of Human Development, supported by international NGO’s, has argued that the bill was needed to “address and prevent discrimination, stigma, and violence” by regulating conduct and treatment of persons regarding employment, education, access to premises or accommodation, provision of goods and services, travel, public services.”
There was also objection from the Anglican and Evangelical churches.
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