Pro LGBT ads can't be forced on Jamaican TV

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Maurice Tomlinson (public domain photo acc to www.blackpast.org)

BELIZE JOURNAL, Pt.2: Gay activist Maurice Tomlinson recently claimed that three Jamaican TV stations were violating his rights by refusing to publicize his pro LGBT ads. Did Tomlinson make this claim so he could gain more publicity by taking the TV stations to court? Defense Attorney Georgia Gibson Henson thought so. Apparently the Jamaica Supreme Court agreed. They cited her argument in their decision against Tomlinson’s pro LGBT ads:

She submitted that for all practical purposes, Mr. Tomlinson does not reside in Jamaica and is only here at the behest of his financial backers. These claims, she submitted, were manufactured and did not flow out of a real attempt to exercise the right to free speech; the claim is the product of a sting operation designed to generate facts so that Mr. Tomlinson can find a stage to spout his views…the tone and tenor of the letters to TVJ [Television Jamaica] reveal that a hidden agenda was at work. This explains the unilateral imposition of deadlines and constant calls and emails [to TVJ]. These acts were directed at one thing only: to get some facts which would enable him, with the support of overseas entitites, to launch this claim.”

The three Jamaican Supreme Court justices unanimously dismissed Tomlinson’s foreign-financed case. The court ruled that the three TV stations had every right to decline his pro-LGBT ads. The two other stations in the case were CVM TV and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

The justices vigorously denied that the stations were violating Tomlinson’s freedom of expression. “There is no allegation that TVJ or CVM has prevented him from making his video or to advocate his position. What he is saying is that TVJ and CVM have failed to air an advertisement that he wished to be aired. TVJ and CVM have the editorial right to decide how an issue—in this case, the treatment of homosexuals—is to be covered. That does not mean that all who wish to speak on the issue must be allowed to do so by TVJ or CVM.”

The court held that Tomlinson was actually trying to infringe on the stations’ freedom of expression with his pro LGBT ads. “To impose on a private broadcaster the obligation to accept any advertisement sent to it would be infringing its right to freedom of expression since that freedom carries with it the right to decide, when, where and how that right will be exercised.”

The justices rebuked Tomlinson for trying to use the courts to violate this essential freedom. “Mr. Tomlinson’s proposition of freedom of expression is that he can use the courts to compel someone to speak against their will.” This amounted to an attempt not only to manipulate the courts, but to control the media. “Mr Tomlinson wants this court to strip TVJ and CVM of their editorial control to satisfy his personal opinion of how they should operate.”

Even though PBCJ is a government-run station, the Jamaican court ruled that it still has editorial control over its broadcasts. It didn’t discriminate against Tomlinson and his pro LGBT ads because it never asks anyone to provide content to the station. And PBCJ has a policy against accepting paid ads. Thus the court dismissed the case as a frivolous claim designed to generate publicity. Most of the publicity it generated was self-defeating. We must pray Tomlinson’s next ploy—to change the immigration laws of Belize and Trinidad to suit the gay agenda—will be defeated too.

How long must nations like Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad & Tobago put up with the endless antics of a one or two foreign-backed LGBT activists? They keep breaking the law. They keep trying to violate other’s rights to freedom of choice and expression. They keep staging stunts to grab public attention. They keep wearing down the saints with an endless parade of legislation and legal actions. They keep forcing an unnatural and disease-spreading lifestyle into public view. The very thought of the act of sodomy can be corrupting.

Unfortunately there are few governments and courts like Jamaica’s which are resisting that corruption. Is Belize now bending to the will of a single gay activist, Caleb Orozco? In May, Orozco has brought a case against the anti-sodomy law to court. Now, before the case has been decided, Belize’s government is pushing an Orozco-endorsed gender policy that promotes sodomy as a legitimate act.

We must pray that God will use Jamaica as an example to Belize and the rest of the nations that the gay agenda can be stopped. That righteousness will prevail in the governments and courts. That the conversation change from legalizing homosexuality to healing it. Lord, show the coming generation how avoid the certain ruin of homosexuality. Teach them to be the men and women, the husbands and wives, and the fathers and mothers of the next generation that You designed them to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Pro LGBT ads repudiated by Jamaican court

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