[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Inter – Religious Organization (IRO) of Guyana has distanced itself from the comments regarding gays made by its member Pastor Ronald McGarrell.
McGarrell had expressed the view on local radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ on 90.1 FM that homosexuals and other persons with alternative sexual orientation should reside on an island by themselves, a comment that did not find favor with the minority community.
In response to this, Swami Aksharananda has categorically stated that the IRO has not developed a position on the question of persons with alternative lifestyles, “even though I know from many discussions that the majority of the members have extremely conservative views similar to those allegedly expressed by Pastor McGarrell.”
Aksharanandasaid one must also bear in mind that if the statement attributed to Pastor McGarrell was indeed what he said, then he would be obviously speaking from the narrow perspective of his faith community.
McGarrel had fear that the perversions of homosexuality would invoke a severe wrath of God/Creator.
In this regard, the IRO Member said the threat that Pastor McGarrell predicts makes it is difficult for us to understand what he means.
“From a Hindu point of view, while there is general acceptance of the traditional ideal family, as having at a minimum, a wife and a husband and children, there is nothing in Hinduism that warrants the demonization of persons with alternative lifestyles, let alone invoking the wrath of God on anyone.”
Aksharananda added “it seems that some men possess a mysterious ability to discern the will of God and to decide on whom God’s wrath should fall. The world becomes a simplistic place of us against them. But we know wherever this sharp polarization has been constructed between good and evil, between God and the Devil it has been accompanied by judgment and punishment, bloodshed and suffering.”
He reminded that all are assured that God loves unconditionally.
Additionally, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), for which the Pastoris a Board Member, has also distanced itself from his comments.
Calls were made for him to resign.