It was the Old Capital’s turn today to welcome Christians and concerned citizens who came out in opposition to the Revised National Gender Policy 2013 which was approved by Cabinet in March. More than 1,250 Belizeans assembled at the Berger Field at nine this morning, many carrying signs and placards as has been the case in Orange Walk, Toledo, Cayo and Stann Creek District. They marched down Central American Boulevard, crossed all three major bridges and ended with a rally at the Memorial Park. Pastor Scott Stirm told us that he was satisfied with the turnout.
Pastor Scott Stirm – Belize Action:
There was a couple of events happening at the same time in Dangriga, and so that was a little bit unfortunate. It was still good, but this is great. I’m glad the weather cooperated. We’re excited about what’s happening.
As for what Belizeans find most disturbing and concerning about the policy, we spoke to former Ombudsman Paul Rodriguez.
Paul Rodriguez – Former Ombudsman:
This Gender Policy is part of the liberal agenda to destroy the Christian faith, and to reduce the population of the world to five hundred million. It’s a terrible thing and of course you know man and man can’t have children. So this is a very integral part of their program to promote homosexuality and lesbianism and LGBTI.
Among youth, representative for the Assemblies of God Youth Division, Kevin Forrester, says he wants the policy amended.
Kevin Forrester – Assemblies of God Youth Division:
The main thing for me is the twisting of the truth, especially in the minds of our young children. This Gender Policy is seeking to get into the schools, into the school handbook, and to teach them principles that will debase morality. Not everything in the Gender Policy is wrong, but those parts that are turning them to accept wrong things as right things, it’s not proper. We should call good “good”, and bad “bad.”
[They should be] amending those parts that go against God. The Constitution is built upon the supremacy of God. The news media might ask “Which God?” Prime Ministers in the past in different speeches have said that Belize is a Judeo-Christian nation. So the God that we’re talking about is the God of Moses, Elijah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, all of them. If we’re building upon the supremacy of God and He’s the foundation, we cannot put anything on top of that foundation that is anti-God, anti-Christ, and many parts of this agenda are anti-Christ, and we cannot allow it to stand.
One of the largest churches in Belize, the Roman Catholics, were amply represented by their Bishop, Dorrick Wright, and many parishioners. We spoke with their representative, Maria Zabaneh.
Maria Zabaneh – R.C. Representative:
We are here to uphold the diving laws of God. We have a Gender Policy that contravenes the Constitution of Belize, which is founded on the Supremacy of God. We are here to express our discontent that our nation finds itself in a moral confrontation, a collision course of a World Order that is seeking at this time to usher in the kingdom of man versus the Kingdom of God. We do this lovingly; we do this with confidence and we know that we are standing on the right side of history. Belize has always lived in harmony with our brothers and sisters of all ethnic backgrounds, of all races, of all creeds and our Constitution protects and safeguards the rights of all Belizeans. So at this point, we don’t see the need for any one group to be sectioned off and also as the Chair of the Roman Catholic, Bishop Commission, I take great issue with all of the areas of the Gender Policy that seeks to destroy the innocence of our children.
Other major organizations including Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), were present and COLA President Giovanni Brackett says it is clear that a majority of Belizeans are against the policy. Other well known social activists were also a part of the march and rally, including Sharon Pitts who says she also wants the policy removed.
Sharon Pitts – Social Activist:
I believe that anything like what they are trying to do in that policy flies in the face of God. Whatever problems we have, all of us are sinners, but we must stand up for our family unit – men and women producing offspring and that is for the continuity for Belize. I think a foreign agenda is being imposed on Belize and we must reject the money and we must rebuke the foreign agenda. We must stand up for Belize.
The rally concluded this afternoon. The final Constitutional March is set for Saturday in Corozal Town.