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Jul 9, 2013

Churches official statement on gender Policy

Several meetings have been held by the Council of Churches to discuss the Gender Policy 2013. Following a meeting on Monday, the Council is taking a position on the controversial document. While the Council supports the need for a policy, they have concerns on the implications of certain language contained in the document. News Five spoke with Bishop Phillip Wright, who says that the Churches want clarity before the policy is implemented.

 

Rt. Rev. Phillip Wright, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Belize

“We are resolved to continue to look at some of the issues that do trouble us. We are resolved to make recommendations even to the government in terms of how maybe certain things could be rephrased or reworded and of course, we want to have a meeting with the Prime Minister at some point to present to him before we go national, if you will, with our final recommendations and assessment of the document. Now specific to some of the issues…Yes, there are some wordings in the document—wording such as men having sex with men, sex workers, sexual orientation. But I would want to say that our concerns with these words are not just the words, but perhaps the implications—whether legal or otherwise. And I think that the church just wants to be clear because there are elements of the document that are vague. And like any policy, you really wouldn’t find out until it is put into implementation. And we want to see if we can raise some issues. Another area is in the area of education. We saw some wording there that suggests that the curriculum of our schools could be affected and therefore what is taught to our children could be affected. And we just, again I want to make the point, the Council of Churches is saying we have a concern, we are seeking clarity and we want to find a way to move forward because in general, we believe the document is a good one, but it does contain elements that are of concern to us.  The Church does not deny human rights, but I think a part of the conversation that you don’t always here is the responsibility that comes with rights. And I think the Christian community is also trying to say, we can have rights, but we must also have a sense of responsibility to each other and that my right ends when it starts to violate your right. And that we cannot exist in community, we cannot exist as a society, where everybody is free to do whatever they want. There has to be some constraint for society to exist; for the community to flourish.”

 

Duane Moody

Phillip Wright

“If they are being classified as sinners, shouldn’t they be welcomed into the church and in turn be taught the right morals and values. Not because he or she has a particular lifestyle, it means that the church should turn its back on them?”

 

Rt. Rev. Phillip Wright

“Well I do regret that part of the message seemed to be one that you are not welcome, but it is not the message that I know the Council of Churches want to put out there. The Council of Churches is saying you are welcome and yes we should all be open to reform and change if necessary, but it starts with your being welcomed and we have not moved away from that message of you are welcome. Well the behavior, the practice of homosexuality we’ve said, as far as the church understands its own teaching, is incompatible with the scripture. We are on that. Now having said that, you as a person, you as a child of god, you as a fellow human being; must be afforded the rights and the privileges and dignity that you deserve. But that does not stop the church from also saying, but I don’t agree with a particular behavior of yours. I love you, I accept you, but you see that behavior, it doesn’t resonate well with us. And that is…it is a tough message I understand because it is like telling somebody be other than yourself. I understand that. But it is where the church is at the moment on issues like that and I think we are fairly consistent with that.”

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1 Response for “Churches official statement on gender Policy”

  1. Da Undertaker says:

    Amusing. Very amusing. The Council of Churches is saying that homosexuality is unacceptable and forbidden. Did you hear that men of God?

    Homosexuality is forbidden, yet it is not forbidden that priests and clergymen can rape little boys. Wow, God seems to be very biased with his sex laws.

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