Posted 11th June, 2013
The report from Plus TV stated "Seven Pastors from the Belmopan Area Coalition of Churches met this
morning with the Prime Minister and three of his cabinet Ministers
regarding the Revised Gender Policy 2013." Read More at http://www.plustvbelize.com/news/more-meetings-on-gender-policy-for-the-prime-minister/ .If its a gender policy, can I ask, how many were female pastors attending again? This smells of men declaring war on women and the marginalised, when the discussion lead to the a call to withdraw the gender policy.
The interview goes on to say its is their job "to safeguard
what we like to call the Constitution of God." May I add that Scott
Stirm also believes in Raising of the Dead (read more here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPTjKr0KriM&feature=youtu.be) as well maintains an obsession with control of the Belizean society. The point is made clearer when one realizes that Belize Action is pushing dominionists theology. What is that?
Quoting a Jim Jones article the issue is summarized succinctly.
"Patricia King appears in raising the dead video and she belongs to this
ministry in the United States called
Extreme Prophetic Ministries that reportedly is a part of the hardcore
Seven Mountains Dominionism movement, which is also linked to the New
Apostolic Reformation movement. Seven Mountains dominionism seeks to
place Christians in control over the seven forces that shape and control
our culture: (1) Business; (2) Government; (3) Media; (4) Arts and
Entertainment; (5) Education; (6) Family; and (7) Religion. I want my
readers to grasp the order of which this is placed; business first and
then government. Are they attempting “shape and control” Belize? Do
you see any hard core personalities in the media today affiliated with
Stirm? Didn’t they recently pressure the Minister of Education in
his educational materials?"
The deafening silence in the media in support of the Revised Gender
Policy published by the National Women’s Commission at the end of May is
both puzzling and expected. And that is sad commentary.
Puzzling because Belize is currently plagued by laws that inadequately
protect boys, girls, men and women from violence and sexual assault. Puzzling because the national Public School Examination (PSE) results
released this month show that 53% of the students who sat the exam
failed. Puzzling because poverty is rampant, income disparity is
high with 50% of women unemployed or underemployed, and 25% of men over
age 14 unemployed. Puzzling because health statistics show high
rates of substance abuse among men, inadequate protection from sexually
transmitted diseases disproportionately effecting young women, and
higher infant mortality rates for boys vs. girls. Puzzling
because though women represent almost 50% of the population of the
country, their political power and leadership in decision-making has
been limited to 4 seats in the National Assembly since 1984.
The Revised Gender Policy addresses each of these issues and is an
attempt to establish policy to eliminate the inequalities in these
areas. Policy is not law. Policy is a plan designed to focus objectives
of a government or group. Laws, compulsory rules and regulations which
establish punishment for those who do not comply, may flow from policy
or other sources. But just because something can happen doesn’t mean
that it will. It could snow in Belize, but that is a ridiculous reason
to skip work.
If these are serious issues facing Belize and the
gender policy addresses them, why have all the dozen or so articles
that have appeared in various media houses since the release of the
policy focused on the opposition of the policy? Why has not one paper
attempted to analyze the policy and educate the public about the
contents of it and its many benefits? Why has there been no questioning
of the allegations that there are punitive repercussions associated with
It appears to be because the largest opposition is
coming from a group of churches. This is a tactical move, as it
silences supporters. Citizens and organizations feel unable to argue
with church leaders or do not wish to give the impression that they are
against God or a church, so they are silent.
Some media houses
have compounded the problem by referring to the groups opposed to the
policy as “the church,” giving the impression that all churches in
Belize are against the policy. However, like Belizean society, there is
no homogeneous “church” in Belize. According to the 2010 census there
are 17 different religions in Belize with Roman Catholicism representing
approximately 40% of the population. The second largest grouping of the
population approximately 16% has no religious affiliation.
fate of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy should be a
cautionary tale. Objections by some of the churches, and their review
and amendments to it, resulted in a delay of approximately a decade
before the policy passed.
Equal time in the media should be
given to those who support the policy. Education of the intent and
content of the policy should flow from the Commission which created it,
as they are charged with ensuring that all Belizeans, regardless of
their religious convictions are treated equally. Derailing the Gender
Policy by allowing only those who speak loudest to be heard is unethical
and allows a faction to rule by fear.