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Sep 1, 2016

Churches Divided On Section 53 Appeal Ahead of Monday Meeting

Dean Barrow

Another issue of national importance which has deeply divided the people is the decision not to appeal the recent ruling on Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code. The decision from Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin decriminalizes sexual acts between adults in private. But there appears to be some room to maneuver, because the PM is meeting with different parties and says there are options to consider.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“It is clear that opinions on the particular issue on whether government should appeal are sharply divided even among the churches. The Belize Evangelical Association, one of the interested parties to the action, has indicated to me its position that there should be no appeal. That according to the pastoral letter, written by Canon Leroy Flowers, also seems to be the position of the Anglican Church, another interesting party before the CJ. But then that leaves the Roman Catholics and the other evangelical Associations. On Monday morning, I and the AG will meet with all the churches in order to try to talk through these disagreements. Cabinet has considered a range of options that should inform the discussions, but I clearly cannot go into those ahead of Monday’s meeting.”

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2 Responses for “Churches Divided On Section 53 Appeal Ahead of Monday Meeting”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    This is so predictable. The Southside Churches will be the last to abandon Barrow. Party and the “other element” always trump God and the Constitution in their book. That is the way it has always been.

  2. Mellow Belizean says:

    I’m sorry but to me Belizean churches have lost all credibility. Crime is so pervasive that even a pastor was recently beheaded; corruption is so rampant that we’re embarrassed on the world stage to the point where even our basic citizenship is for sale, even to the (alleged) person behind the beheading. The quality of life for the average Belizean is one of struggle and hardship, and the churches are concerned about who’s sleeping with whom?

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