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Dominican Republic Evangelicals 'Insulted' by Nomination of Gay Man as U.S. Ambassador

The Evangelical community in Dominican Republic is raising objections about Obama's nomination of James "Wally" Brewster as U.S. ambassador to the nation because Brewster is openly gay, the AP reports:

BrewsterRev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, said he worried about the message that Brewster’s presence might send.

“It’s an insult to good Dominican customs,” he said.

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, president of the Conference of the Dominican Episcopate, echoed similar sentiments.

“You can expect anything from the U.S.,” said Lopez, who is also the archbishop of Santo Domingo. Meanwhile, Vicar Pablo Cedano criticized the nomination as “a lack of respect, of consideration, that they send us that kind of person as ambassador.”

“If he arrives, he’ll suffer and will be forced to leave,” Cedano warned, without elaborating.

LGBT groups in the nation have voiced their disagreement with the religious leaders.

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  1. Which dominican customs, wife beating or drug dealing?

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 29, 2013 2:19:26 PM

  2. His Eminence Cardinal Lopez should stick to his chosen line of work and keep his nose out of politics. It's amazing that religious figures think it's their business to insult the representatives of foreign countries but they're the first ones to scream bloody murder if anyone points out just how ridiculous they really are.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jun 29, 2013 2:23:37 PM

  3. His Unholiness Cardinal Lopez should STFU. And stay away from the American embassy, it's none of your business.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 29, 2013 2:38:21 PM

  4. Who cares....

    Posted by: S. | Jun 29, 2013 2:50:23 PM

  5. What a backwards thinking country.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 29, 2013 3:02:39 PM

  6. This infuriates me. I've been waiting for the Dominican backlash to begin. Evangelicals have royally f*cked up the Dominican Republic and have done nothing but exploit and use long-suffering Dominicans in order to gain political power. Cardenal Lopez is a flaming @$$hole and is about as despised an individual as there is in Santo Domingo. Lopez is up to his neck in drug-money and corruption. He lives like some pompous potentate and is not ashamed to live lavishly while the Dominicans suffer in poverty. He proudly brandishes a gun that carries with him "for protection".

    President Danilo Medina thus far has walked a tight-rope between the virulently anti-gay Lopez and the even more virulently anti-gay evangelical leaders who constantly look for situations to provoke political crises in order to embarrass Mr. Medina. Dominican Republic has an epidemic of violence against women, some resulting in horrific deaths. The Cardenal has done nothing to denounce this violence and actively lobbied against a law giving women the right to bring criminal charges against husbands who abuse them because "the state has no business interfering in private family affairs".

    I do not take the ominous threat by the child-molester Cedano lightly. I will not put it past the Catholic hierarchy or the evangelicals to call in some favor chips with the vicious drug gangs that terrorize Santo Domingo and it environs and have Mr. Brewster either physically harmed or even assassinated.

    I love my Dominican friends and family but some Dominicans are virulently anti-gay and will not hesitate to cause damage.

    Most certainly, both prominent and powerful religious groups will demand that President Medina not recognize the credentials of Mr. Brewster and thus precipitate a diplomatic scandal.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 29, 2013 3:05:49 PM

  7. We have rights. They have rights. Park the bulldozer and respect others.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 29, 2013 3:23:09 PM

  8. Is this worth mentioning on a "Gay" site?
    Anderson Cooper: 'Why Does Alec Baldwin Get a Pass Using Gay Slurs?' Twitter.

    Posted by: DoubleStandard | Jun 29, 2013 3:26:39 PM

  9. *DoubleStandard: Yes. Why wouldn't it be worth mentioning? It is very gay related. Now I know to bypass anything Alec Baldwin is involved in or with.

    As for the Dominion Republic EVANGELICALS - how DARE you claim to be insulted by America's proposed Ambassador. It is the other way around. Americans are insulted by the Evangelicals of the Dominion Republic for being outright bigots. I'm calling for a full boycott - all funding, government subsidies and American (also WorldWide) tourism.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 29, 2013 3:58:58 PM

  10. Mike Ryan: Are you really boycotting an entire country based on the opinion of tiny number of homophobic "leaders" who have a little power? If that's the case, you must favor a tourism boycott of the United States. Our situation isn't all that different.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 29, 2013 4:10:54 PM

  11. Frankly, I think it's highly insulting to gays to have one of our own appointed ambassador to such a sadly backwater place. Why would we even want to have an ambassador there? Pull the plug on it.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jun 29, 2013 4:13:41 PM

  12. Alex, there's not much to boycott there. But, I have to agree with you that if we boycott every place populated by bigots, there are plenty of opportunities right here at home.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jun 29, 2013 4:17:50 PM

  13. This sounds as though a dangerous and immediate threat to a US ambassador I hope the state department takes this seriously and any GOP congressmen who doesn't is a hypocrite as this could be analogous to Benghazi

    Posted by: Brian G | Jun 29, 2013 4:24:45 PM

  14. The main customs of DR are wife-beating, drug-dealing, gay-bashing and dog-fighting. I learned that from watching Santa Domingo Invita:

    Won't you come to Santa Domingo? Everyone is so gay. Life is gay, everyone is happy, homosexuality has been eradicated. Here are some parrots.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jun 29, 2013 4:35:42 PM

  15. Insulted? I'm sure their level of insult is in direct proportion to their bigotry; religious or otherwise.

    Felicitaciones, pendejos.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 29, 2013 4:42:54 PM

  16. In order to avoid another Benghazi, President Obama should perform a surgical strike against the leadership of this terrorist organization which is making threats against the American Ambassador. :)

    Posted by: plaintom | Jun 29, 2013 5:18:14 PM

  17. As if they have a say in the matter. Get over it.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 29, 2013 5:20:35 PM

  18. P.S. Attack our ambassador and that will be an act of war. The D.R. can easily be made into a parking lot, terrorists.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 29, 2013 5:22:22 PM

  19. Let them object. Nancy Pelosi's recent succinct question--"Who cares?"--is going to get a lot of mileage in the coming days, including in this instance.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 29, 2013 6:04:04 PM

  20. Sounds like you queens are the "insulted" ones. Countries aren't like hotels--you only stay in the best ones. Frankly the fact that a country such as this would reject us say a lot about our standards. You may call them backwards thinking, but our "backside" thinking is difficult to defend.

    Posted by: Reality | Jun 29, 2013 6:10:26 PM

  21. Unlike all the gay priests the Vatican sends to the DR? Girl, please.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 29, 2013 6:13:33 PM

  22. A loving people...

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 29, 2013 6:17:51 PM

  23. cardinal lopez is probably the cardinal who uses the most slurs against gay people. he calls us "maricons," which is like saying faggot in dominican spanish.
    this appointment is good for the dominican lgbt community. it adds a lot of legitimacy. thank you, potus.

    Posted by: woody | Jun 29, 2013 6:57:18 PM

  24. the dr, btw, is a totally fun country if you don't mind roughing it a bit as it is a poor country. it's heavily forested and the nauture is great. the people are lively. the cafes and cigars are fun. the old town of santo doningo, the zona colonial, is very historic. this is the oldest european city in the americas. older than quebec city, santa fe or the europeanized mexico city. the decaying architecuter is seriously interesting.

    Posted by: woody | Jun 29, 2013 7:04:53 PM

  25. certain Nationalists in many countries would rather we not appoint Black or Jewish ambassadors also but we ignore them and so it should be with Dominican evangelicals.

    Posted by: terry | Jun 29, 2013 10:09:30 PM

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