Well, damn. Gays need to arm themselves in a country that has a government that condones violence against them. Seriously, Jamaica is a hellhole of homophobia, so when elected officials open their mouths, it's not a surprise when deranged anti-gay hysteria spills out.
The latest eruption is by South West St Ann MP Ernest Smith. Get a load of this:
"I am very concerned at the extent to which homosexual activities seem to have overtaken this country," said South West St Ann MP Ernest Smith.
"I am very concerned that homosexuals in Jamaica have become so brazen, they've formed themselves into organisations and are abusive, violent and something that the Ministry of National Security must look into is why is it that so many homosexuals are licensed firearm holders.
..."There was a report recently which has never been challenged that our security forces, particularly the Jamaican Constabulary Force, have been overrun by homosexuals … there was a front page report in one of our daily newspapers, which has never been challenged."
Mr Smith also called for a tightening of the anti-buggery law.
What's so sad for our LGBT brothers and sisters on the island nation is that 70% of their fellow Jamaicans believe that that sexual minorities do not deserve civil equality. If found guilty of a homosexual act, you can spend up to 10 years in jail.
Think about that the next time a commercial asking you to "come to Jamaica." The violence Smith needs to worry about is coming from his own people.
UPDATE: Smith has also called for the outlawing of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG). This is disgusting. Removing the power of assembly of an already marginalized group is beyond horrifying. Where is our State Department on this?
Smith told The Gleaner yesterday that the group's continued existence, which he argued was illegal, could lead to other persons forming similar illegal organisations, such as paedophiles and ganja smokers' associations.
"They should be outlawed! How can you legitimise an organisation that is formed for the purpose of committing criminal offences?" Smith declared.
J-FLAG was founded in December 1998 to provide a voice and community for sex minorities. Last week, Smith, a government backbencher, called on the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to instruct the police to investigate J-FLAG, with a view to having its members criminally charged.