By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Pastor Ronald McGarrell is now vulnerable to being dismissed from the Board of Directors of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) following gay commentary over the weekend that did not find favour with the minority community.
McGarrell, during the ‘Hard Talk’ radio programme on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday June 8, had expressed fear that the perversions of homosexuality can be so severe in invoking the wrath of God that it may be better if all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people go on an island and live by themselves.
This view was immediately rejected as outrageous and ridiculous by Co – Chair and Founder of the local gay rights movement – SASOD – Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Joel Simpson.
Today, calls emanated from the GRPA for the Pastor to tender his resignation.
When contacted by iNews, McGarrell claimed he had no information of that sort and refused to comment further on the issue. He was quoted in one section of the media as saying that it was a “light hearted joke”.
However, President of the Board Pamela Nauth said his comments are most disgusting as she expressed her disappointment in him.
Nauth, who has been President of the Board for the last six year, made it clear that McGarrell’s views do not reflect those of the GRPA.
She said the Body has always supported diverse sexuality and has been a partner with SASOD for several years.
She explained that when the Board meets in the near future, a course of action will be decided on.
“I’m disgusted, I’m shocked and disappointed… as they say don’t let one bad egg or apple spoil the rest.”
Meanwhile, Executive Director of the GRPA, Reverend Patricia Bisnauth said she was also shocked at the comments; while reminding that the Body supports the advancement of sexual and human rights 100 percent.
She said his public statements are now a threat to him remaining a leader in the Association.
Reverend Bisnauth, who is also a Pastor, described McGarrell’s religious arguments as flimsy and backward.
Pastor McGarrell maintained however that the act of homosexuality was far removed from God and while he does not support violence, he called for all LGBT’s to repent, reasoning that no one is born gay and it is a behaviour that can be changed.
“If you understand the eternal ramifications you would understand the need for change,” he said, adding that “We are all eternal beings and we will have to give account for what we do on earth, there is a special place reserved in hell for people who are far removed from God’s plan,” he had said.