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Holier than Thou, Faggot!

IN THE SAME week, a big one even by the limitless standards of Trinidadian excess, a 17-year-old child was charged with the murder of a newborn one, and one of T&T’s most globally successful citizens was outed as lesbian.

And, notwithstanding this glaring concurrence, religious believers will still refuse to put their fingers on the one thing that brings the two together: total firetrucking ignorance, masquerading as moral righteousness.

The same people who were horrified last week that Justice Devindra Rampersad’s in the Jason Jones Case declared the buggery law unconstitutional will be horrified this week that a 17-year-old could allegedly commit murder; and they will be convinced that “the family” can only be saved by re-criminalising homosexual sex and the nation by the reintroduction of the death penalty.

And both positions are equally ignorant; and just as ineffective.

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The Arc of the Covenant

JUSTICE DEVINDRA RAMPERSAD, in the Jason Jones Case, yesterday declared the old buggery laws unconstitutional and good T&T Christians are devastated; they did not think they were going to be left behind at all, far less in quite this way. Family life and morality are now, apparently, utterly destroyed, and the creeping, evil LGBT agenda advanced.

Imagine, the good Christians say, we may soon be forced to treat homos & lesbos as if they were human!

Exactly what the old slave-owners said, two centuries ago, after Emancipation, the last time family life and morality were so utterly destroyed, and superior people were forced, by law, against their will and better judgement, to act as if people they knew to be inferior were their equals.

How long, good Christians worry, will it be before homosexuals will aspire to the highest offices in the land? As if homosexuals, from Alexander the Great through Leonardo Da Vinci to Alan Turing, haven’t benefitted humanity since the start of time.

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Letters of Marque

WHENEVER Trinidad out-Trinidads itself – like when the Minister of Works congratulates himself for finding seats on planes at the airports for the thousands of people he stranded at the seaports because he couldn’t get a ferry to work, or Trinidad & Tobago votes against her hurricane-devastated sister, Dominica, and the Prime Minister attempts to repackage fake leadership as fake news – I cheer myself up by printing a few letters from the editor.

The bone-marrow good manners which makes the Trinidadian apologise for robbing you at knifepoint when all self-respecting bandits are using guns nowadays forces me to admit I stole this idea from the National Lampoon, the American satirical magazine that no longer has a place in a world that elected a Russian joke for an American president.

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