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Liberian Group Posts 'Hit List', Intends to Kill Gays 'One by One'

The Liberian group MOGAL (Movement Against Gays in Liberia) has distributed fliers in the capital city of Monrovia containing a "hit list" of gay people and supporters, the AP reports:

SirleafThe group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”

“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”

No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.

“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”

Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”

Last month, the U.S. State Department expressed concern after remarks made by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (above) in an interview with The Guardian suggesting she would not sign any laws decriminalizing homosexuality.

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

And Archie Ponpon 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. 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. Hm. Sounds like Liberia is a Christian country.

    Posted by: DanielBerryNYC | Apr 3, 2012 11:14:02 AM

  2. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Nobel Peace Prize should be revoked.

    Posted by: trees | Apr 3, 2012 11:15:22 AM

  3. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded to her for her struggle for her "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".

    Doesn't sound so "non-violent" to me.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 3, 2012 11:18:05 AM

  4. Let's put the shoe on the other foot, shall we? What if Americans compiled a hit list of anti-gay Christianist clergymen with the intent of killing them one by one? I really believe that Christians (or even Christianists) would be acting in their own best interest to support equality across the board. Civil rights for everyone protect fundamentalist Christians just as much as they protect gay people.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Apr 3, 2012 11:20:22 AM

  5. Towleroad: The Guardian interviewer first asked whether she would sign a law increasing the severity of purnishment for gays. This bill is already on its way to her. She said NO. She was being shrewd in saying the same for a decriminilisation bill. This bill would never pass Parliament to begin with so its a moot point whether she would sign or not.

    Now had she said that she would sign the decriminalisation bill, she would have been overthrown is a hot minute. Its hard enough keeping the armed services satisfied with a woman president, throw in a gay-friendly woman president and she would have gone the way of Sam Doe. Tortured, murdered and corpse dragged on the streets for a week.

    Posted by: Liberian Lez | Apr 3, 2012 11:34:33 AM

  6. Gee, an African Country that is backward. Who would have ever guessed that? Just everybody with a brain.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 3, 2012 11:45:17 AM

  7. How much aid $$$ are we sending to this country to help them kill gay people?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 3, 2012 11:51:56 AM

  8. jack i am a proud gay 2nd-generation nigerian american.

    and you're a jackass.

    Posted by: redball | Apr 3, 2012 11:55:08 AM

  9. Stupid savages.

    Posted by: nikko | Apr 3, 2012 12:02:11 PM

  10. nikko you must be talking about your own people who spread these savage ways around the globe for centuries. check yourself, boo. and check your history while you're at it.

    Posted by: redball | Apr 3, 2012 12:09:01 PM

  11. More evidence of the vile, poisonous cancer that evangelical christianity is.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 3, 2012 12:18:23 PM

  12. Why are we sending these countries money? Let them die of starvation or AIDS.

    Posted by: no thanks | Apr 3, 2012 1:17:14 PM

  13. Liberia where you have the liberty to think like me, share my beliefs, my sexual orientation, my world view, and goals for my country.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 3, 2012 1:20:20 PM

  14. @ Nikko,

    The savages that propagated that homophobia were 19th Victorian Englishmen. Homophobia spread in Africa because of 19th-century European empires, especially the British Empire. By the way, you wouldn't be related to someone on another blog by the name of "Nicho," would you?

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Apr 3, 2012 1:22:35 PM

  15. I think we need to take steps to stop this - but let's not use this as yet another excuse for people's racist bullsh*t to emerge on this blog. Calling an entire group of people "backwards" or "savages" is just as reprehensible and unproductive as homophobia.

    @ Redball: thanks for taking a stand - and I hope you won't be put off to the community on this blog. i am a non-black/non-african commenter who supports you.

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 3, 2012 1:45:20 PM

  16. Red Ball - You are a "second generation nigerian american"? So that means that your grandparents immigrated to the US and your parents were born here. Why did your grandparents come to America? Why id they stay?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 3, 2012 1:51:38 PM

  17. It's rather disingenuous to maintain that our imperial past is responsible for the mentality and laws of African nations, but that they are somehow off the hood for not evolving socially along with the imperial powers.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 3, 2012 1:53:41 PM

  18. Ditto what MIKE128 and others said. Unfortunately, this blog has a number of troglodytes who have no concept of anyone but themselves. They don't "get" African Americans, much less Africans.

    For them, ignorance is bliss.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 3, 2012 1:54:20 PM

  19. again, some white homosexual north americans will choose instead to "point out" the homophobia in other countries, despite the fact that they can't stand up to be counted as a visible gay person, in 2012, in our "more civilized" western world.

    they say "look how bad it is over there", which only makes their own stance, and lives, in north america look even worse - with all our advancement and civility, they STILL can't come out? what's the excuse? you're in America.

    with no "brown savages" threatening to kill you, what's keeping your from lending your face and voice and name to be a visible and vocal example of the community, and proponent for LGBT Equality?

    oh, right. white right-wing Christian conservatives. gotcha.

    am i wrong? prove me wrong.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 3, 2012 2:05:05 PM

  20. Thanks, Mike128. Very cool.

    David Hearne, I haven't been reading many of your comments I think b/c I once read one and was turned off by your tone/content of message. So forgive me in thinking you're probably yet another racially blinded provocateur who trolls this blog. For your information, 2nd generation = 1st generation to be born here, so no my grandparents did not immigrate here; my parents did. They came here for greater opportunity. They both earned their PhDs here, and so did I. Of course, the apparent subtext of your comment is the implication that Africa is messed up (and maybe you also think this is due to blacks/Africans being somehow inherently inferior). Yes, many parts of Africa still have deeply troubling problems, poverty being among the most salient. To understand why, I suggest you educate yourself. How about you start with Guns, Germs, and Steel? There are a lot of historical, sociopolitical, and geographical reasons why sub-Saharan Africa & *many* other tropical regions of the world have issues today.

    Posted by: redball | Apr 3, 2012 2:13:31 PM

  21. *"Civil rights for everyone protect fundamentalist Christians just as much as they protect gay people."*

    - So remind those 'Fundies' to keep their beLIEfs for themselves & in their churches & out of my bedroom. You can get fired for being gay in some states bot not for being a 'fundamentalist Christian' - Civil Rights for gays, depends on the state you live in or country.

    Posted by: thegreaterwrongoftheright | Apr 3, 2012 2:15:21 PM

  22. Funny...I thought David Hearne might put up more of a fight. Guess he got scared off or (gasp!--better yet) went to go educate himself. PRAISE!

    Posted by: redball | Apr 4, 2012 10:43:23 PM

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