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Tony Blair Won't Comment as Liberian President Says She Prefers a Society That Throws Gays in Jail: VIDEO

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Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells The Guardian she won't sign any law decriminalizing homosexuality.

"We like ourselves just the way we are...We've got certain traditional values in our society we'd like to preserve."

The interviewer then turns to former British PM Tony Blair, and asks him about how he feels about Prime Minister David Cameron's recent statements to African leaders instructing them to respect the human rights of LGBT people.

Blair smiles nervously, but refuses to comment.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

PonponMeanwhile, in Liberia, Archie Ponpon (pictured) and Abraham Kamara, two activists with Movement for the Defence of Gays and Lesbians in Liberia (Modegal), have been confronted by angry mobs in recent weeks, causing them to seek safety at the police station.

When the two activists tried to get their organisation officially registered by the government, Mr Ponpon says their "article of incorporation was denied".

"We wrote to the president complaining, but she has not responded," he says.

The home of Ponpon's mother was burned down: "He suspects it was an arson attack by people who do not support his stance. 'Since this incident, my mother has been in hiding,' he says."

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  1. Mr. Blair should be ashamed of himself. Of course he should have spoken up and used his bully pulpit.

    He should take a page from Jimmy Carter. Give Carter credit for saying what he thinks even if it's unpopular. And Mr. Carter is a Baptist, so go a little easy or think twice the next time you arbitrarily bash Baptists.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 19, 2012 7:01:06 PM


  2. Amazing how David Cameron, the conservative prime minister, has show such great leadership on LGBT right while the former liberal darling Tony Blair can't say one word when confronted with this woman's bigotry. No doubt which party I'd support if I lived in the UK.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 19, 2012 8:25:11 PM


  3. Her culture dictates her views and i have to respect that. But in my culture what she's wearing would be on a table. She needs to respect that.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Mar 19, 2012 8:25:15 PM


  4. *Face palm. And we give these piss ant countries money.

    Posted by: Troy | Mar 19, 2012 8:45:56 PM


  5. It's disappointing that Sirleaf Johnson would take this position, and it's certainly not got anything to do with peace. She has some thinking to do, not least of all because of her status as a Peace Prize Laureate, but the most important thing at this point is probably not her but the younger generation.

    I was against last year's Peace Prize award, but not against Johnson Sirleaf. Instead, I thought the award diminished the contributions of women. If you're interested, have a look at "The Nobel Peace Prize's problem with women" at http://bit.ly/GAHarR.

    Posted by: curtrice | Mar 20, 2012 6:12:08 AM


  6. I totally agree with the comments about liberal catholics made by Pedro. Several of the most liberal states in the USA have Catholic majority populations.( Mass, R.I. )

    Posted by: jack | Mar 20, 2012 9:30:05 AM


  7. Gay people in the developing world get their asses kicked on a regular basis. Meanwhile, here in the more tolerant West, we think its fun to play with the kind of demonizing labels that routinely lead to assault and murder over there. The staff of Wikipedia are the latest to engage in irresponsible frivolity of this kind. This morning, I sent the following email to Wiki's Aequalitas Project:

    "In Wikipedia’s own definition of the word 'queer', the controversial nature of the word is noted. It is anything but universally-accepted nomenclature among LGBT folk. Yet Wikipedia has seen fit to force this demonizing label down the throats of its Web patrons. Isn’t that special?

    Will you be starting up a WikiN*gger site next? How about a WikiK*ke site? WikiCh*nk? WikiSp*ck? WikiB*tch for feminists? WikiRaghead for Muslims? And don’t forget the logical spin-off sites for WikiQueer: WikiF*ggot, WikiTr*nny and WikiD*ke! Make the world safe for all kinds of derogatory usage, why don’t you?

    The name “WikiQueer” is an insult to intelligence and to decency. Thanks a lot for giving vulnerable LGBT kids more stigma to shoulder! The Aequalitas Project obviously has no respect for LGBT identity, no class, and no shame! It’s yet another indication of Gay Gatekeeping run rampant on the Web.

    When you’re ready to adopt some ethics, here’s one you should latch on to as soon as possible:

    The 1st Commandment of Gay Rights Activism:
    Thou shalt not address thyself or thy kind with inaccurate, disrespectful or dehumanizing labels, nor shalt thou do or say anything to marginalize thyself or enable thy own oppression.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 20, 2012 12:42:34 PM


  8. My friends in England told me a long time ago that Tony Blair was not to be trusted. Now I know what they meant. Why didn't he just say that Mrs. Sirleaf is entitled to her opinions, but those opinions were not his? His response was cowardly. Frankly, I don't see why this woman won the Nobel Prize. She supports criminalizing gay people and is a graduate of Harvard University. If this law passes, the gay movement in the West will make sure her country gets no foreign aid. She will find out that bigotry has consequences. Hope she likes her traditional ways of doing things because they are going to be very expensive.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 20, 2012 1:01:56 PM


  9. What is it about this woman that makes me hungary for some pancakes? O.K. So I'm being politically incorrect. Admit it. Lots of you thought the same thing.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 21, 2012 12:38:41 AM


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    The Beefeaters is a rare Guard and so is the money to the Court! The Tower of London, created here the London Imperial!! By the name to the promise no currency would take the Queen from the King of all England and represent his name stolen!!

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    Posted by: Mr. Alexander Simon | May 15, 2012 3:10:14 AM


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