The discourse on the constitutional challenge against the Government of Belize has picked up wind again, since the trial starts in the next few weeks. And that was the topic on this morning’s Rise and Shine. Pastor Scott Stirm, of Belize Action, an organization that has been vocal on their position against UNIBAM’s suit, dabbed into the area of human rights – what Belize Action perceives is being misconstrued by pro-gay rights activists.
Pastor Scott Stirm – Belize Action:
“Human Rights” that definition has been twisted. When you talk about the Bejing Conference, that was a Human Rights Conference with leaders from all over the world. They had another one in Indonesia, where they came out with what they called the Yogyakarta Principles. That was where they crafted the strategy to push even further the homosexual Agenda and the Abortion Agenda as a Human Rights issue. Even the Ambassador to the United Nations from the United States, where abortion is fully legal, the Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations protested. They said, “Excuse me you guys. Abortion is not a human Right.” Like, where are we coming up with this thing that it’s a Human Right? And yet they are pushing this thing forward, as though it’s a Human Rights issue, because everybody supports Human Rights. And if you’re against them, then you’re against Human Rights. It’s part of the whole deception.
Former Ombudsman Paul Rodriquez was a guest on this morning’s show; he added that homosexuality is a choice and that it shouldn’t be classed as a right, Paul says the two are night and day.
Paul Rodriguez – Former Ombudsman:
Homosexuality, the people who propagate homosexuality, are pretending and are trying to make us believe that every choice that the person makes is a right. That is a great, grave, terrible mistake. Every right is a choice, but not every choice is a right. We have to be absolutely clear about that. Every human act is a choice, but it can either be good, or useful, or bad and not so useful, injurious actually. Let us get that perfectly clear. Their trying to make choice and right be the same thing. Actually rights proceed from basic needs.
The former Ombudsman then gave an illustration involving the five pillars of all civilizations, but especially western civilization and rightly so Belizean civilization. These pillars are foundational principles that are enshrined in the Belize constitution. And Rodriguez says that if we deny any one of them, there will be serious repercussions.
Paul Rodriguez – Former Ombudsman:
Man has dignity. He’s made in the image and likeness of God. That is why we respect Him and that is why He has rights. If you remove the dignity of man based on his sonship of God, then you will say “The State gives and takes dignity and rights away. The common good: If you take every choice that anybody wants to make and call it a right, what you’re going to do is that you are going to be destroying the common good, which means you’re going to be destroying the societies, the villages and towns in which you live. Then the will of the people: Respect Moral and Spiritual Values. The Constitution, the preamble, is plain, plain, plain on this matter, that if you don’t have respect for moral values, your civilization, your law and order will break down. We will revert to living in the jungle.
The Constitutional Challenge filed by UNIBAM and Caleb Orozco is set for May 7 -10.