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drmom Donating Member (450 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 02:35 AM
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Angry Protest As Rosie's Cruise Arrives In Bahamas
Angry Protest As Rosie's Cruise Arrives In Bahamas
by The Associated Press


Posted: July 17, 2004 12:01 am ET

(Nassau, Bahamas) Gay and lesbian cruise ship passengers met more than 100 protesters holding signs and yelling anti-gay chants as they stepped off the Norwegian Dawn Friday in the Bahamas.

The protesters, led by Christian pastors, gathered in a square in front of the cruise terminal and chanted: ``Gay ways are not God's ways!''

As a trickle of passengers stepped out, protesters held signs reading: If You're Openly Gay, Stay Away and We Will Not Bow to the Gay Agenda!

The roundtrip cruise from New York to the Caribbean was organized by R Family vacations, the company created by Rosie O'Donnell and her wife Kelli.

Gregg Kominsky, a spokesperson R Family Vacations, said the passengers - 1,150 adults and 450 children - had come to have fun and that on previous trips he found most Bahamians friendly and welcoming.

``We are not really here to make a statement,'' he said.

Kominsky said he was disappointed by the protest but people have a right to their opinions.

As the first passengers stepped out, shouting protesters pressed to within several feet of them. Police stepped in to move demonstrators back.

``We will never accept your lifestyle,'' said Pastor William Hanchell, who stood on a stage and spoke.

``We don't care how much money they bring. The Bahamas is off-limits,'' said another, Pastor Vaughan Miller.

Organizers said the demonstration was intended to be peaceful and there were no arrests.

Gays have faced icy receptions in the Caribbean before. A number of islands have laws banning homosexual sex and many countries remain socially conservative.

In 1998, a protest was held in the Bahamas when a ship arrived with lesbian passengers. That same year, the Cayman Islands turned away a gay cruise following protests.

Friday's demonstration was held by a group calling itself Save the Bahamas, which led an earlier anti-cruise rally with several hundred people Sunday.

The U.S. Embassy issued a statement Thursday saying the mostly American passengers deserved the right to visit in peace.

While scores of passengers disembarked, many stayed on the ship including Rosie.

Kelli O'Donnell, got off and greeted members of the Bahamas' Rainbow Alliance, a gay and lesbian group. She helped found R Family Vacations, which promoted the seven-day cruise that began in New York City on Sunday and also made stops in Florida.

Passengers Stacey and Jessie Paris, of New Jersey, said they didn't feel welcome on their first trip to the Bahamas.

``It's very, very sad,'' Stacey Paris said.

She came with her biological daughter, 15-month-old Torin, and adopted son, Zion, four.

When reporters asked how they felt about the protest, Stacey turned to Zion, who was wearing a T-shirt that read Let My Parents Marry, and asked: ``What do we call people like that?''

He replied: ``Narrow-minded,'' and hugged Paris.

When the couple tried to walk through the protest, pushing a stroller, protesters told them to avoid the area and they did.

After a five-hour stop, the ship left to return to New York.

Associated Press 2004

http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/07/071704rosieDemo.htm
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 02:39 AM
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1. The government of the Bahamas needs to remember...
where their bread is buttered.

Gay tourists have money. Lots of it.

Piss them off and they'll go someplace else.
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RummyTheDummy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 03:33 AM
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3. You've got that right
And let's be honest, the Bahamas are overrated anyway. They're as tired as one of Ralph Nader's suits.
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 02:58 AM
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2. Christ would be proud of their compassion...
Christians? Just because they claim to be, doesn't mean they are.
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iverglas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 03:46 AM
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4. now here's a funny one
That same year, the Cayman Islands turned away
a gay cruise following protests.
The Cayman Islands turning away money??

Amazing what can happen when some people suddenly discover, uh, principles.

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flordehinojos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 03:58 AM
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5. Pastor Vaughan Miller needs to pay more attention to his own sex life
"PASTOR"(?)Vaughan Miller needs to pay more attention to his own sexuality and his own sex life than he does to that of others. Is he a REPRESSED REPUBLICAN?

BU$CO AND HIS RIGHT WINGERS HAVE SO RAPIDLY DRIVE US BACK TO THE DARK AGES!!!

:P
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 04:13 AM
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6. How much do you all know about Bahamian culture?
I'm married to a Bahamian and this reaction to the cruise doesn't surprise me a bit. Bahamians are very religous people and aren't picky about which sect or denomination as long as they can worship. Much of the community life is centered around churches. There is a whole culture on those islands beyond what the tourists in resort areas see.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 05:39 AM
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7. There are plenty of gay people of faith, too...
... who wouldn't be picky about sect or demoniation as long as they could worship. Last I heard, God didn't belong just to straight people... nor does faith or community life.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 05:48 AM
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8. I'm not saying I agree with the belief,
I'm just pointing out that the culture of the Bahamas generally embraces a somewhat more traditional view of Christianity in some ways. I'm just not surprised that there was a protest. When we were down last there was much consternation about similar cruises going to the outislands.
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union_maid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 05:56 AM
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9. Not just the Bahamas, either
A lot of people I know who have immigrated from the Caribbean are born again fundamentalist Christians and just as conservative, repressed and intolerant as the ones who were born here.
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dand Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 06:01 AM
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10. The Bahamas are mangy rat infested tourist traps,
after a week there you couldn't pay me to go back.
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gatlingforme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-04 07:46 AM
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11. What a Christian thing to do, terrorizing them, compassion is not
in their philosophy, intollerance is/
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