Though Jamaica's motto is, "Out of Many, One People," recent horrific attacks against homosexuals ensure for some, this tropical paradise is more hell than haven. Stories of attacks on gay people using machetes, sticks and knives, and thrown bottles and rocks, ensure that none are safe — whether out to dinner with friends, or attending a funeral.
Much of the Caribbean actively markets to homosexual vacationers, Jamaica has not joined suit. According to the piece above from the New York Times, some think deep roots of Christian tradition on the island point to the Bible as back-up for hateful behavior. Jamaicans violently uphold the passage they believe condemns homosexuality, but other biblical edicts aren't so strictly followed. To find out, read more. Critics point out Jamaicans’ fervor for casual sex among heterosexuals, and considered it part of the Caribbean way of life. This salad bar approach to religious-sanctioned hate crimes weakens their spiritual superiority, and creates sympathy for those being oppressed.
Does the Bible sanction such severe abuse against one's fellow man, regardless of lifestyle? Do you find the pick-and-choose adherence to the Bible's stance on sex, hypocritical?