According to the Jamaica Observer, the island's daily newspaper, several local churches are extremely disappointed with President Obama's decision to endorse same-sex marriages. No surprise. Jamaica is widely known as a homophobic country.
The President's statement sparked widespread criticism from conservative Christians and commendations from gay rights activists and liberal groups. “For me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” the president said.
On Thursday, local pastors stood firmly to their long-held belief that marriage was an institution created by God for a man and a woman. “We believe that God ordained marriage for man and woman and nothing has changed and nothing should change,” said Reverend Lenworth Anglin, executive chairman of the Church of God in Jamaica.
However, given America’s influence on countries such as Jamaica, he said the church should continue to remain vigilant.
“We just have to monitor this thing very carefully as some of us have been already on the alert as church leaders. We have to make sure that we stick to what we believe in as a church, and proclaim that,” he said.
Bishop Joseph Adegold, President of the Independent Churches of Jamaica, stated his disappointed but said he wasn’t surprised by the President’s decision, given the financial backing Obama stands to gain from civil rights groups.
“We are not sure why he would go to that length, but it is not surprising because he has been showing that sign for some time, that he is supporting gay marriages,” he said.
It’s not mind baffling as to why the church leaders would be upset, being that they still maintain their beliefs in the doctrines of Christianity and who the institution of marriage applies to, but do they have a point in saying that President Obama is supporting same-sex marriage to win votes? I think they have a strong point there. Do you?
Do you think Obama is trying to win more votes from homosexual community but secretly doesn’t believe in same-sex marriages?