Cayman Islands Director of Tourism Pilar Bush wrote a letter of apology to Aaron Chandler (half of the couple involved in the “kiss heard ‘round the world”) and called his detention by the RCIPS an “isolated incident” and assured Mr. Chandler that Cayman “is a welcoming jurisdiction to all people.”
Okay Pilar: come down out of the rum tree, set down your bong, back away from your crack pipe and pay attention.
Cayman Islands is NOT a “welcoming jurisdiction to all people.” Cayman is not a tolerant jurisdiction, nor is it a jurisdiction in which human rights and freedoms are encouraged or even supported. And as far as this being an “isolated incident”… give me a break Pilar. We all know better.
The Cayman Islands is a jurisdiction caught between the need to progress and the desire to remain a self-proclaimed morally-righteous society – resistant to change, ignorant, and stubborn to anything remotely resembling tolerance of ideals or values that may be inconsistent with the current self-righteous indignant attitude toward outsiders.
Jurisdictions who welcome all people do not forbid “gay cruise ships” from calling at their ports. Jurisdictions who welcome all people do not have local ministers encouraging citizens to line the streets in protest of homosexuals. Jurisdictions who welcome all people do not have MOI that turn away refugees attempting to escape communist despotism.
Jurisdictions who welcome all people do not create laws that foster hatred and division among its own people and the “outsiders” who love and call Cayman home.
Welcoming jurisdictions embrace visitors. Welcoming jurisdictions accommodate visitors. Welcoming jurisdictions are tolerant. And welcoming jurisdictions make adjustments (within reason) to ensure that the people bringing them bags of money enjoy themselves and return with more money.
Cayman is mired in paradox. The United Democratic Party is one half of a divisive element in Cayman and the People’s Progressive Movement is a party hell-bent on stifling progress.
If Cayman was half as united or progressive or welcoming as it thought it was, Mr Chandler would have left Cayman with a bag full of souvenirs, a flash card full of pictures and a head full of memories.
Instead, he left with a letter of apology from a director of tourism who, instead of addressing the REAL issue, chose instead to perpetuate the lie.
The hatred, fear and intolerance in Cayman needs to stop and it needs to stop now; unfortunately it will probably take another 500 years…