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African President Warns Homosexuals To Stay Away, Or Regret Being Born
The leader of a small West African nation that receives American humanitarian aid has warned that any gay or lesbians found in his country will "regret" being born.
Yahya Jammeh, who has been president of Gambia since a bloodless coup in 1994, is not shy about expressing his anti-gay opinions. The president's latest rant came during a speech on March 28 at the opening of the country’s parliament, according to Gambia's Freedom Newspaper Online. In an interesting juxtaposition of themes, Jammeh called for continued peace in his country, promised to root out criminal activity and warned homosexuals to stay out of the region or suffer severe consequences.
“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey," Jammeh said, according to the Freedom Newspaper. "If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders."
He continued thus:
Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.
These statements, while extreme, are in line with the president's previous comments on the subject.
In April 2012, for example, the leader opened the legislative year by maintaining no foreign aid incentives would ever cause him to change his mind on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the predominantly Muslim country.
“Sometimes you hear of a lot of noise about the laws of this country or my pronouncements," Jammeh said at the time, according to The Point Newspaper in Banjul, Gambia. "Let me make it very clear that, if you want me to offend God for you to give me aid, you are making a great mistake; you will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly."
And in 2008, Jammeh said he would "cut off the head" of any gay person caught in the country, a threat he later retracted, according to Agence France-Presse.
Despite Jammeh's anti-gay stance, the United States still maintains an Embassy in the country. Having lifted sanctions in 2002, the U.S. provides humanitarian, democracy-building and education assistance, according to the U.S Embassy website. The Gambian government, meanwhile, "has provided steadfast, tangible support for the war on terrorism," the U.S. Embassy notes.
Dr. Stefan Baral, a public health specialist and human rights advocate who has studied Gambia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population, said in a phone interview that Jammeh is not just a talking head. Baral told The Huffington Post that Gambians don't ignore pronouncements like Jammeh's last week, especially since such statements come with the backing of the country's powerful Imams.
Anti-gay rhetoric is also a developing public health issue, according to Baral, as HIV prevalence in Gambia is relatively high. The people the government should be supporting are the people it is discriminating against the most, he told HuffPost. Countries like the U.S. might consider this a human rights issue, he said, but Jammeh's attitude is the LGBT community is not human.
The Gambian Embassy in the U.S. did not respond to a request for comment.
- Which is why when those starving African children come on my TV set, I just laugh and laugh at their tears, flies, and distended bellies. Not one cent and no support for HIV vaccines, either. Now THAT'S regretting being born.
- Because that's exactly the same thing, r1.
Oh, and two wrongs make a right, too.
- Sense this to the ignorant asshole!
- OK, Africa! Sorry, can't send you any food no more! Good luck!
- So if there were homosexual chickens, turkeys or buffalo's he might be OK with human homosexuality.
If he thinks that homosexuality is against nature and that this can be evidenced by him not having seen it in the creatures he mentions, I assume he will be giving up on Allah. I have never seen any animal worshipping Allah, or the prophet. Must be unnatural and evil.
- Another example of American foreign policy at work. Lovely.
- This is European Imperialism at work. Nothing more, nothing less. Africans were not homophobic before good ole' Western Christian values were indoctrinated to the "heathens of the Dark Continent" as they referred to them as.
- This is not new news. Four years ago he said they would be stricter than Iran on gays and that they would be decapitated.
- r7 not that I disagree about Christians indoctrinating Africans, but Gambia is over 90% Sunni Muslim. This guy is too.
- I am sure there is a lot incisive reporting in Freedom Newspaper.
- R1= as if you would ever give anyone anything anyway.
- Evangelical Christians from the American South are flying to Africa by the plane loads to instill homophobia in places like Uganda. They figure that the war for humanity is lost here in America so third world places are their last hope to convert as many minds to their sick cause before the Rapture comes. It's really fascinating when you think about how loony tunes these creeps are. Just google it. Lots of reporting on the subject.
- Btw, look how much this guy has benefited/had sunshine blown up his ass from US institutions over the years.
- Those Sunni Muslms would kill hpthe Christians too.
- On 15 May 2008, Jammeh announced that his government would introduce legislation that would set rules against homosexuals that would be "stricter than those in Iran", and that he would "cut off the head" of any gay or lesbian person discovered in the country. News reports indicated his government intended to have all homosexuals in the country killed. In the speech given in Tallinding, Jammeh gave a "final ultimatum" to any gays or lesbians in the Gambia to leave the country.
- He's a Muslim.
- Both religions are virulent. Religion is the new imperialism in Africa.
- Religion kills.
- Clearly he's escaped European colonial indoctrination to some degree if he's a Muslim.
I would be interested to see evidence to see that Africa was tolerant of homosexuality before colonialism and indoctrination.
Saying it is all because of colonialism is quite patronising to Africans, as if they are a continent unable to think for themselves. Many Africans speak out against injustice of this kind.
- Well, tribalism is/wasn't very good for the well-being of people in Africa, either.
Religion or whatever, it's always about creating some other as the enemy. Same old trick.
- Why do we send these countries aid? Let them go to Saudi Arabia for money and aid.
- In a way, I can respect unapologetic, in-your-face homophobes like this more than the "love the sinner, hate the sin" variety.
- You realize that Islam isn't "native" to Africa either, right, r19?
- [quote]Yahya Jammeh
- No shit R23. I thought the christian missionaries were responsible for that too.
- Get to the back of the bus, nigger!
- Exactly, end the unappreciated help in Africa, we need help here. Forget the Africans.
- Africans can't be held responsible for their actions.
- The coups and revolutions in West African nations happen at the drop of a hat. This guy has been running the Gambia since 94 which is an unusually long time in that area.
When I was in Gambia in 1990, it was a leader in that area with better roads, more electricity, media, and education availability than most of its neighbors. When Yahya Jammeh took over, it all went downhill.
On my last day in Sierra Leone, a revolution started next door in Liberia. After years of fighting there, things settled down with the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Meanwhile, in Sierra Leone, they had several revolutions that sent things downhill.
Several years ago, I noted that every African nation where I had been, has had at least two revolustions or coups except Egypt. Oops! It's not a very peaceful continent and now they have the Fundie missionaries from the U.S. spreading their hate over there.
- I have met quite a few Africans in my travels throughout Europe, and I am amazed at how homophobic these people are!
- Freaks and Flames for r26.
- Webbie red tag R26.
- No, r17, that would be China.
- Any country that uses "the" in their name is tough.
The Netherlands (beat the shit out of then superpower Spain and who's navy was the only one to rival the British)
You'll notice how weak Ukraine dropped "the" from it's title after it minced away from Russia.
- Why would any homosexual in their right mind want to go there or live there, anyway? It's do retardedly backward. -- and unchic!!
- People who fall for indoctrinations have to be held responsible for their bigotry as well. You don't just brainwash someone who doesn't want to be brainwashed.
- Get all the animals out and nuke that shithole.
- It's Always Sunni in Gambian Africa
- He just undermined the case for black supremacy.
- R19 I like your line of thinking
- At least we know where we stand, r22.
- Beware true believers.
- Homosexuality is the least of that country's problems
- If I were straight and had to live in Gambia, I would regret being born.
- [R2] 3 lefts do.
- There goes my trip to Gambia.
- Simian jibber-jabber.
- I read the U.S. cut some aid to Gambia because of his anti-gay views
- I was going to write info that's at R29, then I realized I was R29 in 2013 when this thread was new.
- But but but the blacks need our help!
- OP, next time just write the name of the actual country you're talking about. It's 2015-well past time to stop referring to Africa as a whole country, when it's a continent made up of many countries. The ignorance in this thread is annoying but typical, I guess.
- 21 June - The US Congress has announced that The Gambia is to be removed from a key development fund, through which most of Washington's foreign aid is channelled, reacting to the severe setbacks for democracy and human rights in the country. The Gambia was only made eligible to the fund in November and had yet to receive funds.
The US Congress was advised by the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) that The Gambia should not receive grants from the fund, as the country no longer qualified by the MCC's criteria. The Fund had "documented evidence of growing human rights abuses, increased restrictions on political rights, civil liberties and press freedom, as well as deteriorating economic policies and anti-corruption efforts," the US Congress was informed.
Thus, authorities in The Gambia were not complying with two of the MCC's main criteria for receiving US development funds; "political rights and trade policy," according to the fund. Therefore, "the MCC Board of Directors decided to suspend The Gambia's eligibility for MCA assistance," according to the US Congress. Gambian authorities had formally been notified of this suspension - and the basis for it - on 16 June.
Gambian sources maintain that in particular the latest setbacks in political rights - in particular press freedom - had been the decisive factor for the MCC, as the recent setbacks in trade policies had been minimal. Three newspapers have been under government attack during the last few months; one of them - the most outspoken - has even been closed. Further, the use of torture has been documented.
The suspension of aid by Washington authorities may be just the first step of donor reactions to the worsening human rights situation in The Gambia, observers hold. Also the European Union (EU) will soon be obliged to reconsider its aid policies towards The Gambia. Gambian Dictator Jahjah Yammeh currently "is getting bashing and confrontation everywhere," a well-informed Gambian source told afrol News today.
- Dec. 20, 2014 -- The European Union has withdrawn millions of euros of funding from Gambia as a result of its poor human rights record, thereby leaving the mainly Muslim West African nation to rely on donors from the Middle East for development projects. Reuters report:
The shift in soft power is of concern to Western governments in a region where Islamist militancy in northern Nigeria and northern Mali is fueling instability, diplomatic sources said.
- Not surprised the word "African" would be like a dinner bell for the sheeted jackals on this site.
Make him some white pastor saying these things and the posts wouldn't even hit 20.
And I'm aware that this thread was bumped.
- [quote]Make him some white pastor saying these things and the posts wouldn't even hit 20.
Exactly, R55. As we all know EVERYONE at DataLounge sings the praises of ALL white pastors. We especially love Ted Haggard, Billy Graham, and Pat Robertson and encourage everyone to honor them.
Please shower us with more of your brilliance. We can hardly wait!!!! You're truly amazing and a credit to your fellow MENSA members.
- the thing for all these people saying cut them off, no aid, starve them, is that only makes everything worse. every single time. more fanaticism. more hate. more bigotry. that is always the stupidest answer, so no doubt it will be our answer.
- The only reason to go to afrika is to see the animals. It should be one big preserve.
- [quote]The only reason to go to afrika is to see the animals.
No one wants to see its people.
- Give them your money, r57.