Not everyone’s island paradise

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    Jun 17, 2016 12:00 AM GMT
    A RAINBOW flag flew at half-mast alongside the Stars and Stripes on June 13th at the American embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. It honoured the 49 people killed the day before in a gay club in Orlando. Marlene Malahoo Forte, the island’s attorney-general, took issue with the gesture. The rainbow banner was “disrespectful of Jamaica’s laws”, she tweeted.

    Gay male sex in Jamaica carries a ten-year prison sentence, though the country graciously tolerates rainbow flags. The embassy tweeted back: “We’re listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !!and!! hate.” Ms Malahoo Forte later said she had been “misconstrued”. But the incident drew attention to Victorian sexual laws in a region that lures tourists with a free-and-easy image—and to the failure of attempts to change them.

    Source: http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21700683-discriminatory-laws-have-proved-hard-repeal-not-everyones-island-paradise
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    Jun 17, 2016 2:50 AM GMT
    Not mine! Too dangerous and definitely not friendly enough for my tourist dollars.
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    Jun 17, 2016 1:31 PM GMT
    there are abundant affirming places to vacation. A dangerous place if you live there.

    Why do the Jamaican people cling to the old British Colonial laws? Is it the religious organizations?
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    Jun 17, 2016 5:01 PM GMT
    pellaz saidthere are abundant affirming places to vacation. A dangerous place if you live there.

    Why do the Jamaican people cling to the old British Colonial laws? Is it the religious organizations?

    Yup. Religion. Usually the cause of irrationality because it relies on suspension of rational thought to survive. I was in Jamaica last summer and found the people to be kind and mellow. But as in the US, religion can be used to draw a crowd to ugly conclusions and as in the US, those who are so inclined can gather a voting block through division and hatred of the "other."