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Professor Bain Booted - Freedom of Expression Dead! Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Professor Brendon Bain who is considered a leading medical authority on the HIV epidemic in the Caribbean region has been fired by the University of the West Indies for his expert testimony in the case of Caleb Orozco versus the Government of Belize.

Bain was the Director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Initiative when he was called as an expert witness in August of 2012. In his testimony, Bain said that though some public health practitioners and agencies have hypothesized that decriminalizing the practice of anal intercourse among consenting adults would lead to a reduction in the incidence rate of HIV infections among men having sex with men, to date there has been no published data to substantiate that hypothesis. Bain also said that removing the anti-sodomy laws off the books could have a negative effect on the country’s economy.

Bain’s opinion did not sit well with the gay community of the Caribbean region. It appears the groups advocating for tolerance aren’t so tolerant and the words of American author Criss Jami proves true once again: “Beware: open-mindedness will often say, ‘Everything is permissible except a sharp opinion.” Bain’s opinion resulted in more than 30 gay rights advocacy groups strong arming the University of the West Indies forcing them to terminate one of the region’s foremost experts on infectious disease and HIV/AIDS.  

The Bain termination is not an isolated incident. All over the world professionals are being punished, not for discriminating against, but for disagreeing with homosexuals or homosexuality. Professional football players were recently suspended, fined and sent for counseling because they expressed opinions against seeing a gay draftee kissing his boyfriend on live national television. Is this the tolerance that gay rights activists have been fighting for? Does tolerance mean not being able to hold on to one’s personal beliefs?

President George Washington said, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” At the launching of the ‘We Are One’ campaign, Caleb Orozco said his intention was to “generate dialogue to get people to reflect whether their intolerance is logical and justified about a set of people that they know nothing about.” However, it seems that lately the gay advocacy groups have changed that position and dialogue is no longer tolerable. It seems they have now decided to stuff it down people’s throat and whoever disagrees with them will be trampled.

Organizations that based their advocacy on the need for tolerance have now become bullies who have murdered the right to freedom of expression.