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Islamic Groups Protest LGBT Rights in Sierra Leone, Promise Biweekly Demonstrations

Anti-gay groups in Sierra Leone are promising bi-weekly protests in reaction to growing pushes for LGBT rights in the region and efforts by Western politicians to enforce the human rights of LGBT people in African nations, Africa Review reports:

SierraleoneClose to 1,000 protesters thronged the streets at the east end of Freetown attracting scores of onlookers on the process who cheered them on.

The post Friday prayer demonstration was organised by the Inveterate International Islamic Revitalists, who said they were worried that persistent pronouncements from major powers could influence the country`s politicians to recognise “alien” and “immoral” practices in the country.

The organisers say the protests will be a bi-weekly affair.

Sheikh Marrah, one of the leaders of the protesters, referred to a recent statement by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who said US would use aide to encourage the respect of the rights of gays and lesbians.

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  1. Freetown? Maybe they don't get the irony.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 5, 2012 1:17:34 PM

  2. "Sheikh Marrah, one of the leaders of the protesters, referred to a recent statement by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who said US would use aide to encourage the respect of the rights of gays and lesbians."

    How about DENYING ALL aide to encourage the respect of the rights of gays and lesbians.

    Posted by: TyN | Jan 5, 2012 1:23:05 PM

  3. The Dark Ages are ongoing. In some corners of the world it's as if the Renaissance and the Enlightenment never occurred.

    Posted by: justinw | Jan 5, 2012 1:28:27 PM

  4. @ Justinw Yep, and unfortunatly one of those corners is DC...

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 5, 2012 1:32:30 PM

  5. "Inveterate International Islamic Revitalists"? Did they choose that name while blindfolded and flipping through a dictionary?

    And since I'm apparently one of the grammar monsters on this site, biweekly can mean twice a week or every two weeks.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 5, 2012 1:43:03 PM

  6. But the head of the Methodist church in Freetown was also part of the demonstartion. Its not only the muslims that demonstarted, the entire church in Sierra Leone is against gays. Stop making this into islamic bashing.

    From the article:

    The head of the Sierra Leone Methodist Church, Bishop Arnold Temple, was more forthright. He said Africa should not be seen as a continent in need to be influenced by the “demonic threat” of the British prime minister “as our values are totally different."

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 5, 2012 1:54:39 PM

  7. And people wonder why I am openly anti-black.

    Posted by: tim | Jan 5, 2012 1:59:55 PM

  8. "Stop making this into islamic bashing."

    Do you even know how to read? Who was doing the bashing now, the gays or the muslim extremists? btw, I have no problem bashing muslims or christians alike. As far as I'm concerned they're all the same.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jan 5, 2012 2:09:16 PM

  9. Tim,

    You sound like a classic moron. Did you check the headline:

    "Islamic Groups Protest LGBT Rights in Sierra Leone"

    This was not the headline of the original article, and there were christians and muslims at the demonstration. It is idiots like you that make this world a dangerous place.

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 5, 2012 2:16:56 PM

  10. So these sick people don't have a problem chopping people up with machetes, burning people alive . . . The rebel occupation of Freetown was characterized by the systematic and widespread perpetration of all classes of gross human rights abuses against the civilian population. Civilians were gunned down within their houses, rounded up and massacred on the streets, thrown from the upper floors of buildings, used as human shields, and burned alive in cars and houses. They had their limbs hacked off with machetes, eyes gouged out with knives, hands smashed with hammers, and bodies burned with boiling water. Women and girls were systematically sexually abused, and children and young people abducted by the hundreds.

    But gay people are bad? I used to think I liked "Africa", but now I will not have ANYTHING to do with Africa. I consider the people to be to stupid and backward to give them a second thought.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Jan 5, 2012 6:13:47 PM

  11. the difference is that the muslims r against gays and the entire church (worldwide) is against being gay (not against the ppl) head of church is christ, who was/is against beeing gays, even though he loves all ppl

    Posted by: simon | Jan 6, 2012 12:31:14 AM

  12. Screw these bigoted nations who take OUR taxpayers $$$ and use it for their phony religious BS.

    Go die for your god when the $$$ runs out.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 6, 2012 2:24:25 AM

  13. Sierra Leone is not an Islamic state so people should be careful not to use Islam to discriminate others. I hope this opinion shared by few. People's right is to be respected.These protesters looking for hand outs from Iran and other Arab states when they themselves are have plenty of GAYS

    Posted by: Momoh Konteh | Jan 7, 2012 3:16:17 AM

  14. I think there are more pressing issues to deal with in Sierra Leone than people's sexual behaviour.It shouldn't be anybody's business.
    Gays and lesbians are humans just like anybody else and should be treated as such.They deserve their rights and freedoms too.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 8, 2012 12:14:56 AM

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