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Dec 13, 2011

VIP says Peace Corp promoting gay issue in schools

Robert A. Lopez

The Church’s holy war against UNIBAM is yet to begin in the Supreme Court but in addition to a strong ally in the government, the moral battle is getting support from a third independent party.  The Vision Inspired by the People is against the UNIBAM agenda and the party members became outraged when they found out that a school manual had activities that showed sympathy for sexual alternative lifestyles. According to VIP Chairman, Robert ‘Bobby’ Lopez, it wants the Ministry of Education to recall Peace Corps HFLE manuals that are currently used in some primary schools.  Lopez told News Five via phone that the Peace Corp propagates teachings that are contrary to Belizean family values and are an affront to our cultural beliefs and morals.

Via Phone: Robert A. Lopez, VIP Chairman

“There is one that is talking about gender. So you put students together of the same sex. So our question is what happens if a child does not want to be with the same sex? Where do you put that child? And then they are asked to write down what body parts they like about somebody with the same sex. And then they compare those notes and then they change the roles. So our point is there are several subtle activities. I think there was one I read where girls are asked to open their feet and hold a mirror or something. You know I think those kinda thing being taught at the primary school to us. It’s a subtle way of eroding what we in Belize have know to be the traditional role of man, the woman and the role of the family and VIP is very committed to protecting, preserving and promoting the traditional family unit which we feel is one of the pillars of national development. So as we peruse this book, there are several areas of activities that we think is obviously part of the LBGT agenda in starting to get children at a very young age—I believe this is being applied to four, five, and six—in starting to accept themselves that if they have that tendency towards being a little more attracted to the same sex; it’s ok. Society really defines the gender and it’s ok to feel good with yourself if you have that inclination and what have you. We think that this manual should have been more vetted by the ministry per say. It seems from the minister’s comment to one media that he knew nothing of it and we find that a little alarming. And so we are saying let’s recall this thing; let’s remove it.”

The VIP further calls on parents and guardians to pay closer attention to the curriculum content being taught to their children to ensure that traditional family values are not being compromised or negatively influenced by external agendas. On Monday the Ministry of Education defended the HFLE curriculum, saying that it “seeks to address the fact that young people in the Caribbean, including Belize, are at risk due to many social factors, including violence, peer pressure, family challenges and health issues (including early sexual activity and risk of HIV/AIDS).”

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31 Responses for “VIP says Peace Corp promoting gay issue in schools”

  1. StandUP says:

    I have just heard about ANOTHER manual of a different name & topic IN the Belize schools, about the THIRD GENDER. It also is from Peace Corps. These people either need to help with what WE DEFINE as our areas of needing help, or LEAVE! But for them to infiltrate with their perverted agenda in our nation is absolutely ridiculous!!

  2. Brightman says:

    Bravo Ministry of Education– bravo Peace Corps!! The family is right!!! Are people aware how many sons, daughters, cousins, uncles, mom, dads, etc..are out there who are gay and struggling, lying, covering up– so conflicted that they can’t be themselves–some even contemplating suicide for lack of acceptance, for their inability to ‘change’ what is in their genetic make-up??? Jesus said that the truth would set us free! The truth is that people are born gay. We should embrace a son or daughter and their sexuality regardless of our personal biases and prejudices, and we should defend them tooth and nail. These are truly vulnerable individuals who need to be accepted and given the right to be who they are. Any parent who claims to love their family but rejects their own because of his or her sexual identity is the true monster! I applaud the efforts of those who are promoting tolerance and acceptance. And please don’t quote the Bible unless you can clearly and logically and with the same passion explain Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Exodus 35:2, Leviticus 19:9, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35, to cite just a few. We can’t selectively choose Bible passages and ignore others–get real! Human rights for ALL is at the core of the family, of our society, of our humanity. We can not claim to love God and then intentionally hurt our fellow human being, stripping them of their dignity, self-worth, and their right to love. Jesus was single, was surrounded by men at all times, and loved unconditionally, was gentle and kind–was he gay too?? Open your eyes Belize. Let love, peace, tolerance, brotherhood, and unity reign supreme–no more hatred, no more ignorance–let the true meaning of Christianity be birthed in our hearts!

  3. Ronald Maheia says:

    Belize needs to wake up! The ongoing perversion of religious scripture from archaic preaching’s and studies of the gospel by religious and political leaders needs to cease.

    With all due respect to these leaders, we mustn’t be oblivious to the rapidly, intellectually developing and educated world. Such archaic ideologies and preaching’s are too dismissive and biased in this modern time.

    UNIBAM and the LGBQT community do not have an agenda to recruit children into homosexuality – that’s ludicrous, and it’s also just another scare tactic by these leaders. None of these leaders, however, will ever be able to provide a rational and logical explanation for discriminating against their fellow citizens and depriving them of their human rights, without reverting back to a distorted reading of the Bible.

    Belizeans shouldn’t fear for the degeneration of traditional male and female roles within society – it’ll always be there, so long as their is a strong and supporting family instilling righteous values that supports tolerance for all human beings.

    As Belize strives to develop economically, politically, and environmentally, it must not forget to also develop spiritually and morally in an effort to promote tolerance and love for all its citizens no matter their ethnic background, creed, sexuality, or political alliance. If this can be achieved, Belize has the potential to affirm itself as a leading advocate in the Caribbean against intolerance, and an influential defender of human and civil rights.

  4. cg says:

    so it begins…the recruitment that is….parents….pay attention to your children…listen to them and help instill better values. Homosexuality is just depraved behaviour that is augmented by exoposure to other who tolerate or practice it….

  5. somiah says:

    Again, I think these foreigners coming into the country should be properly investigated, many have there own agenda…Was shocked to hear on Dr. Phil, one Alvarez who performed batched up plastic surgery, fled the country and was last seen working at the university of Belize teaching and is still doing plastic surgery in Belize!!!

  6. me says:

    Brightman , if people are born gay then why infiltrating the schools starting with the little innocent ones? HMMMM. Don’t go using Jesus with these perverted actions. God burnt up Sodom and Gomorrah for the same reason. Way out of hand. It was so bad back then that the perverts wanted to rape Lot’s visitors even though he offered them women. They were about to break down Lot’s door had it not been for the angel’s protection. Do you honestly believe that God approves this nasty behaviour. In our news a man grabbed a little boy and sodomized him. Looks like you are reading the bible. The bible said that God is the same God then and now, so what makes you think He has changed concerning this behavior? If He has changed then why did He burn up Sodom and Gomorrah? Please go read your bible with meditation but make sure you pray first for understanding and guidance as the bible can be used to condone perverted things as you are insinuating in the verses you quoted.

  7. Ronald Maheia says:

    If the Bible is your only evidence for discriminating against another human being, then the government should enact a law to convict anyone who eats pork products. Because that too is referenced in the Bible as law by God, Leviticus 11: 7-8. I think more than half of the country would be in prison or pay fines if it were a crime to eat pig tail, bacon, pork chops, hammocks, stew pork, and holiday ham.

  8. Brightman says:

    @ me…you’re right, I have read the Bible as a scholar and as someone of faith, but I am fully aware that my faith alone can not dictate upon the rights of ALL–that would be highly presumptive of me. I have friends who are Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc…and I also have dear friends who are non-believers and I respect their right to believe or not what they wish. I am also aware that the Bible was ‘written’ at a time when people were oblivious to science and that not all things found in the scriptures are relevant today and were inaccurate even back when they were ‘recorded’. Any intelligent human being will understand that when we start imposing one belief system over all others, we are treading dangerous ground. The Christian faith is simply that–faith, not fact. Science on the other hand clearly explains why there is such diversity in nature, of which we are an integral part. You asked why the need to ‘infiltrate’ the schools. Well, children start struggling very early on with their identities. And often are subjected to cruel bullying because other children can not clearly understand the difference in others. That is why it is highly important to educate people from very early on so that they can be more sensitive, more tolerant of others and their differences, or we will continue to produce simple-minded and short-sighted bigots in our society whose only argument are selected out-dated biblical references without genuine scientific evidence to substantiate their positions. Remember, that if you are straight, no amount of convincing, praying, or exposure will “turn’ you gay. And conversely, if you are gay, no amount of convincing, praying, or exposure will “turn” you straight. Our society must be properly informed on this issue of human rights for all.

  9. David says:

    It is really sad to see the level of ignorance and intolerance from both sides of this issue, not to mention the misuse of Holy Scriptures to advance each group’s own cause. The Truth that Jesus spoke of had nothing to do with homosexuals or LGBT. Jesus was speaking of a spiritual Truth, a Truth that we can come to know only if we remain faithful to his teachings(John 8:31). At the heart of Jesus’ teachings was the concept of LOVE. Again, sad to see that homosexuals are using the term Love to mean sexual relations with persons of the same sex. True followers of Christ will refrain from casting judgement on anyone but we cannot remain silent when we see people blatantly disrespecting that which we hold sacred and pure. I believe that it is our duty to uphold justice and to speak out against any kind of injustice. To have Peace Corps teaching our children that it is natural or ok for boys to have sex with boys or girls with girls is just plain wrong and totally disrespectful of our culture and moral values. This needs to be corrected!

  10. David says:

    Ronald, eating pork is not even half as bad as committing adultery. Imagine the amount of women in Belize who would be stoned to death if we went by Moses’ law. Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery who was brought to Jesus by the teachers of the law and the pharisees? Belize is a very adulterous nation. I can’t think of anything worse than adultery when it comes to destabilizing the family unit. Yet, adultery is not considered a crime in Belize.

    John 8:3-11

    3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

    But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

    9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

    11 “No one, sir,” she said.

    “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

  11. SoulSista says:

    I fully agree that foreigners should go through a background check before coming into Belize as the other day that pervert claiming to be a missionary who molested those innocent boys in Corozal was living in the midst of the Belizean society and hiding under church. We are inviting predators into our home and we just dont know it trust no one especially around your children . And to this crap that people are born Gay is unacceptable God dont make nobody that is gay God only produces righteous people its the Devil and evil principalities on this Earth that lead people to be gay and live such a sinful life style for all you gays out there who kept saying you were born this way may God forgive you for such filth that comes out your mouths. Hats off to the Prime Minister of Belize for condeming UNIBAM he might not be the best PM belize has ever had but he is upholding the preamble of the Belizean Constitution

  12. Louisville, Ky. says:

    Brightman / Ronald Maheia: I just hope and pray to God that neither of you two perverts are posing as educators in any of our school system. If you are, woe be unto our innocent young ones.

  13. Beautifulpempem says:

    @ Soulsista Is the Pm really against the UNIBAM??? If thats the case he has my vote….

  14. subKonshus says:

    @David: None really knows what Jesus wrote on the ground that made the Pharisees turned away and left the woman. But for some reason I think Jesus probably wrote down the names of the persons whom this woman slept with. And I think some their names showed up “in the mud”. The moral of the story is…Let God alone be the judge. Sometimes the sin that men don’t see are the ones that will lead us straight to hell…There are a host of sins and immoralities going on in our nation. We got hatred, jealousy, bad mind, lying, dishonesty, lusting and a host of other unseen “sins” both shared by believers and non-believers alike. Again, let God alone be the judge. Our job is to Love, God will judge. Done with the bull crop, talking about “I love you, but I hate what you do”…For crying out loud, you are what you do! You can’t separate the two….

  15. concerned Belizean says:

    Dear SOUL SISTA
    Ok seems to me u have a problem with homosexuals. Here is the thing if you are a woman and u cheat on your man, and then u want him to forgive you what should he do? should he forgive you just because you were maybe drunk and u made a mistake. i bet you want him to forgive and u might even say you are not perfect and ur a born sinner who just simply couldn’t help it. anyway my point is that we all do thing that is not right with GOD cause just like me i am sure YOU have sin against GOD we all have. So just mind your own business and pray one of your children dose not get abuse or something worst that may cause him to be gay or a prostitute. I don’t wish that for you but like you said we are living in Satans world you never know. And also have you ever been outside of Belize? Because to a certain degree i think you are right about the government should make it there business to look into someone background once they have decided to stay in Belize and work with children. But no you can not do that to everyone who is just here for a vacation, Its a violation of there privacy and so it can’t be done or else we wouldn’t get any tourist in belize and half the country might loose there jobs. Back to the GAY topic. don’t be such a bitter man/woman we only have one life to live if you have had sex before you got married then you have already sin against god just like a gay or lesbian. So get off your high horse, we have all been there at one point or an other. LIVE AND LET LIVE. if you don’t have nothing good to say don’t say nothing at all. Let GOD do his job after all he is the only JUDGE that matters.

  16. sydney says:

    Soul sis

    I think EVERYBODY who wants to be a teacher should bet a back ground check; not just foreigners and not just peace corps. There are perverted belizeans too and there lots of belizeans with hidden agendas too. Just listen to the church’s position on this issue. They attempt to hide their agenda but it is patently obvious that they have one.

  17. brightman says:

    @ Louisville, Ky, it is sad is to see how close-minded and brick-walled you are in your ‘insight’ on this issue…your statements are why it is imperative that education and accurate information be disseminated at all levels in society!! Thank you for confirming that the work of the Peace Corps, Min. of Ed, and all others who are advocating for human rights, respect, and tolerance of diversity must be continued and that the anti-discrimination efforts be given greater priority in our society. Fortunately, most Belizeans are recognizing that those prejudices are indeed a thing of the past and that if we are to progress as a society, every individual’s rights must be respected. Scare tactics and misinformation are no longer working, especially among those with peripheral vision and with hope for the advancement of our society as one people..

  18. sydney says:

    I find the belize church to be very hypocritical on this issue.

    Their own leaders and parent organizations (in the case of the catholic chruch and anglican church) have come out and said criminalizing homosxuality is wrong. In addtion the international anglican church has now embraced gay priests and bishops. So this just means that their local chapters in belize have gone rogue or better yet the local chapters in belize simply embrace these religious titles and affiliations when it suits them. TEXT BOOK DEFINITION OF HYPOCRITES!!!

    Also the church goes around preaching that “thou shalt not judge” which is exactly what they are doing” HYPOCRITES I TELL YOU!!!

  19. concerned Belizean says:

    AND MY BELIZEAN YOU ALL WANT TO LIVE LIKE AMERICANS WITH THE 3G PHONES AND THE HIGH TECH COMPUTERS BUT DONT YOU KNOW THAT ALL THAT COMES WITH A PRICE. IT MEANS MORE CORRUPTION SO THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GONNA STOP GAY AND LESBIANS IS TO GO BACK AND LIVE IN THE STONE AGE, IF YOU CANT DO THAT THEN STOP WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING PREVENT THE INEVITABLE. IT IS GONNA HAPPEN WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT SO IN THE MEAN TIME JUST TEACH YOUR CHILDREN YOUR VALUES AND BELIEFS AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. In the words of Rihanna JUST LIVE YO LIFE. NO BE SO BITTER MY FELLOW BELIZEANS.

  20. Ronald Maheia says:

    When speaking the truth, I evoke the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and many other leaders who fought for human rights, so that everyone may live in a world free from fear due to the color of their skin, religion, gender, or sexuality!

    @David, I am not naïve of the scripture. By using an example that “is not even half as bad as committing adultery,” I’m highlighting the silliness of enacting such laws. There are hundreds of laws from biblical text that are no longer recognized and overlooked especially within government for a myriad of reasons – the main being protecting individuals’ human rights.

    @Louisville, KY calling me a pervert merely shows your ignorance and lack of Christian values to love unconditionally. So, how to dare you pray to God for such foolishness! Educate yourself! However, attempting to rationalize with you will go nowhere so I must unfortunately leave you in your shallow perverted ignorance of Christian scripture.

    @Sydney is absolutely correct that leaders from religious organizations have recanted their former beliefs against homosexuality. Which ultimately makes Belizean religious leaders hypocritical in their arguments and preaching’s of the gospel. In these modern times, we are no longer in a bubble isolated from the rest of the world. Once again, Belize needs to wake up!

    Even Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa says, “The Jesus I worship is not likely to collaborate with those who vilify and persecute an already oppressed minority [...]. I could not myself keep quiet whilst people were being penalized for something about which they could do nothing, their sexuality. For it is so improbable that any sane, normal person would deliberately choose a lifestyle exposing him or her to so much vilification, opprobrium and physical abuse, even death. To discriminate against our sisters and brothers who are lesbian or gay on grounds of their sexual orientation for me is as totally unacceptable and unjust as Apartheid ever was.”

  21. StandforTruth says:

    We must remember that God is no respector of man. Our opinions are solely that, opinions. Only Gods word matters. For far too long we have whitewashed sin in the name of tolerance and we have lost our passion for Holiness and Purity in the pursuit of our own materialism. Do NOT be fooled, God cannot be mocked, what a man sows he shall surely reap. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will in the end harvest decay and death from that sinful nature.

  22. brightman says:

    @StandforTruth, EVERYONE will face death and decay, the “sinful” and the “righteous” alike!!!! Are you aware that if you have eaten conch ceviche you have committed an abomination according to Leviticus 11:10…we can not selectively quote the Bible and take some things literally and others not. We must stop using the Bible as if it were the only source of reason. There are millions of non-Christians in this world who are productive, amazing global citizens. Many of them look at us Christians and think we’re crazy, because ironically, we are the ones who breed so much hatred, intolerance, and disunity. Well said Ron Maheia, Desmond Tutu is the true representation of Christ-likeness.

  23. Retired CEO says:

    The degree of ignorance and intolerance in Belize is stunning. First of all I do not believe that people are born as homosexuals, and I do not agree that the children in school should be taught that homosexuality is normal behavior, and therefore ok, nor do I believe in gay marriages. However, discrimination is not a good thing and our legal system should not attempt to legislate morality according to christian dogma. Perhaps, this may sound somewhat confusing, however we should live and let live. In short everyman to his own order, providing he/she does not attempt to do michief, trying to impose their lifestyle on others. There is an appropriate place for values and beliefs, and that is to be kept personal and private. I personally believe criminalizing homosexualtiy is as wrong as criminalizing sorceery and witchcraft. Furthermore there are far too many other significant morally improtant issues going on in the jewel, that should be addressed/tackled.

  24. SoulSista says:

    @ concerned citizen I question your intelligence as your coming to your own conclusions where did I say every tourist need a background check no no no but I will not continue with this conversation as am a mature individual and seems u support homosexual well hello I dont

  25. me says:

    Brightman, I am really taken aback on you calling the Bible outdated and not proven scientifically. Are you really a man of faith? Faith in what? The Bible or science? Cant you see that what was written in the Bible so long ago before there were phd’s and Ma’s and scientists with high tech telescopes discovering what they are discovering now, cant you see that these things were written in that outdated book long ago? You cant serve two masters. Either you make up your mind who you will serve. Look for instance the Bible mentioned that men will be scorched with fervent heat – Read the news in yahoo where methane gas is now a concern which is 20 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide and is escaping into the atmosphere at an alarming pace. The bible said that children will be having children. Look on the lee gials now and see if it is not coming to pass. The bible said about a time of trouble is coming. With all dem tornadoes, floodings, eartquakes, snowstorms, tsunamis, and the list goes on, where one sees people in serous troubles, pain and suffering. You, a man of faith, saying that that Holy Book is outdated and not proven scientifically? The Bible mentions about other worlds. How about the 2,000 + planets scientists are excited about? Especially the recent one that is supposed to be earth’s twin? The Bible said that as it were in the days of Noah so shall it be in our times. Is the earth in a pleasing state right now. Look on all dem killings going on all over the world. All written about in the Bible ocer 2,000 years ago. I can go on and on. TELL ME, IS THAT BOOK OUTDATED? NEED MORE SCIENTIFIC PROOFS? CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHO YE WILL SERVE MY BROTHER. ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME WE WILL ALL FIND OUT WHO WAS WRONG OR RIGHT.

  26. concerned Belizean says:

    SOULSISTA there you go again with the criticism. WHY ARE YOU SO BITTER? you didn’t mention every tourist should have a background check but u implied it when u said “I fully agree that foreigners should go through a background check before coming into Belize” Incase you don’t know the word foreigners and means everyone who is NOT A BELIZEAN. since ur so mature why you acting so small minded? in fact don’t answer that everyone can just read you first comment. you are either living in the past or your just plane………you know the rest.

  27. concerned Belizean says:

    SOULSISTA there you go again with the criticism. WHY ARE YOU SO BITTER? you didn’t mention every tourist should have a background check but u implied it when u said “I fully agree that foreigners should go through a background check before coming into Belize” Incase you don’t know the word foreigners and means everyone who is NOT A BELIZEAN. since ur so mature why you acting so small minded? in fact don’t answer that everyone can just read you first comment. you are either living in the past or your just plane………you know the rest..

  28. concerned Belizean says:

    RETIRED CEO I AGREE WITH YOU JUST LIVE YO LIFE

  29. concerned Belizean says:

    BRIGHTMAN YO WISDOM DI SHINE

  30. concerned Belizean says:

    MY BELIZEAN YOU ALL WANT TO LIVE LIKE AMERICANS WITH THE 3G PHONES AND THE HIGH TECH COMPUTERS BUT DONT YOU KNOW THAT ALL THAT COMES WITH A PRICE. IT MEANS MORE CORRUPTION SO THE ONLY WAY YOU ARE GONNA STOP GAY AND LESBIANS IS TO GO BACK AND LIVE IN THE STONE AGE, IF YOU CANT DO THAT THEN STOP WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING PREVENT THE INEVITABLE. IT IS GONNA HAPPEN WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT SO IN THE MEAN TIME JUST TEACH YOUR CHILDREN YOUR VALUES AND BELIEFS AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. In the words of Rihanna JUST LIVE YO LIFE. NO BE SO BITTER MY FELLOW BELIZEANS……………………………

  31. Unknown says:

    Cast away the bible rubbish and gay people. The world would be a better place, stop and think about it for a minute before you you rebut.

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