Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Religious Leaders Organize 'Black Armband' Protest Against Gay Ambassador Nominee

Wally BrewsterObama's appointment of openly-gay James "Wally" Brewster as US ambassador to the Dominican Repulic is not being well-received by the Catholic country's religious leaders. In addition to the holy Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez calling him a "faggot" and promising that "he'll suffer" in the country, religious leaders organized a "Black Monday protest" and invited their followers to wear black armbands, ribbons, or clothing to protest Brewster's appointment.

The reason behind it all is that they view Brewster's appointment as an "insult to good Dominican customs," displaying a lack of consideration and respect, and as the US promoting its own gender beliefs in the country. In a statement similar to Cardinal Lopez's, Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Cedaño said during an interview,  “I have the hope that he won’t arrive because I know that if he arrives he’s going to suffer and will have to leave.”

So that's two Catholic religious leaders in a row making vague promises that Brewster will suffer.

Fortunately, the Dominican embassy is far more supportive of Brewster's appointment, stating:

"The Dominican Republic is a democracy with a vibrant media and a wide diversity of opinions on every conceivable topic. However, it is the position of the Government of the Dominican Republic that a person´s sexual preference is strictly a personal matter and it looks forward to working constructively with Mr. Brewster in his official capacity once his nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate."

Brewster currently is the senior managing partner for SB&K Global, a marketing consulting firm in Chicago.

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    Consider the source of the protest/

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Jul 18, 2013 10:51:34 AM

  2. The US should say fine and cut off diplomatic relationships with them altogether. Maybe if we started doing that and spending less money in these backwoods dumps, they'd change their tune.

    Posted by: Logan | Jul 18, 2013 11:00:01 AM

  3. This man should not go to DR. There are savages there. The U.S. should send NOT A PENNY in aid!

    Posted by: Monroc | Jul 18, 2013 11:07:17 AM

  4. Excuuuuse me, Dominican Papists, but Ambassador Brewster is in your backward country to represent and promote the interests of the United States of America and the Obama administration. He is NOT there to represent the customs of the Dominican Republic or your archaic homophobic anti-gay religious beliefs. So, get the f*ck over it and STFU. We don't give a crap what you think about our new US ambassador. And, BTW, you island Papist leaders sure proclaim a strange anti-Christlike version of Christianity.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 18, 2013 11:10:35 AM

  5. This all an attempt to distract from their own local child rape scandal that just surfaced.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 18, 2013 11:21:56 AM

  6. one of two things is going to happen, neither one appropriate:

    1) Brewster's name will be withdrawn; or
    2) the Dominican gov't will be forced to refuse his credentials by the hatred these unholy men will foment in the country.

    "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" -- Henry II

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 18, 2013 11:23:14 AM

  7. Why do we continue to fund bigoted countries like the Domincan Republic? Stop ALL funding today. Write to your elected officials and demand it.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jul 18, 2013 11:23:42 AM

  8. Why do people keep romanticizing the Caribbean countries and giving them our money? The Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and their brethren are some of the most homophobic nations on the planet. I will never vacation in any of them or give them my money.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 18, 2013 11:25:31 AM

  9. Catholic leaders are ALL ABOUT making people suffer that they don't like. See "Spanish Inquisition" and ask any child that has ever been left alone with a Catholic Priest.

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jul 18, 2013 11:27:16 AM

  10. sexual preference?!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jul 18, 2013 11:45:31 AM

  11. Yes, the Caribbean islands are very homophobic places and backward [sorry if that offends] in many other ways, but gays and other tourists seem to love going there. Whatever.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2013 11:56:18 AM

  12. What's ironic is DR is notorious for it's sex tourism, often involving underage female and male 'sex workers'. It's the reason many middle aged guys [like our ambassador] go there, to get their perv on. Sorry if this offends.

    And no, it's not just white guys or Americans, far from it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 18, 2013 11:59:11 AM

  13. Then we shouldn't send anybody over there in an official capacity, nor should we give them any type of aid. Let them live with their decision.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 18, 2013 12:56:48 PM

  14. Far easier, this meddling, indoctrinating the impoverished flock than it is to bring some muscle to the land, some brains, and repair the place.

    Posted by: Tom Chicago | Jul 18, 2013 12:59:13 PM

  15. This stupid banana republic should really worry about other things before caring about this.

    Try working on your literacy rate, or unemployment rate, or a zillion of other things first.

    BETTER YET: stop taking our aid money! If you don't like the maricons, then stop sucking off our teat.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 18, 2013 12:59:24 PM

  16. As someone mentioned earlier many many gays (not all white but the majority) go on these sex tours to place like Brazil and DR to sexually exploit the poor minority residents there and then go back to their own countries. There are reasons carribbean nations are anti-gay, it's because of the sex predators that go there and exploit the poor people of color.

    Posted by: Reality Chek | Jul 18, 2013 1:19:07 PM

  17. The loving awesome Catholic Church in action once again. When are going to realize their power to control the world as they see it has come to an end. Get them out of politics, and world affairs. They need to stay in their Churches and STFU. There the west version of the Taliban.

    Posted by: bructer | Jul 18, 2013 1:55:47 PM

  18. I agree with several of the previous comments: perhaps the DR would be better off with no US representation in their country at all, and no US aid dollars either. Either they treat our Ambassador with respect, whoever the hell we may send, or they abjure both our diplomatic presence and our cash. Take it or leave it.

    Posted by: Keppler | Jul 18, 2013 1:57:22 PM

  19. Here we go again.

    "REALITY CHEK"'s answer: blame whitey. Big bad whitey exploiting the poor, helpless, defenseless "people of color." Yup, that's why the DR, Jamaica, and countless other Carribean nations are SO homophobic. It's all white people's fault.

    Pulling the race card seems to be the answer to everything these days. Meanwhile, the concept of personal responsibility is as foreign to these people as birth control.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jul 18, 2013 2:02:28 PM

  20. Does no one actually read postings anymore? I know everyone just wants to post their racist dribble, but the government of the DR has no problem with this appointment- religious leaders do. If we were judged by our religious leaders we'd be in the same boat.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 18, 2013 2:10:00 PM

  21. When did the viewpoint of a select church group begin to rule an entire nation, to the point of unveiled threats? The Dominican Republic still has appointed politicians that I would advise be moderators of the church's activities within their nation. Yet they wonder why we keep our eye on the church system here in the United States.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jul 18, 2013 2:11:15 PM

  22. SHAWN,

    why the don't you go back and read Reality Chek's comment. He said, "...not all white but the majority..."

    Who has more disposable income to take vacations around the world including to the Caribbean?

    @ "Pulling the race card seems to be the answer to everything these days."

    Why not, your kind has done it for decades.

    And Sugarrhill, you're so right. The Dominican government and the church (Catholic and others) are two different entities.

    I didn't intend to read the comments on this topic...I knew they'd be written by graduates of Archie Bunker Highschool.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 18, 2013 2:29:06 PM

  23. If Hitler were black, Derrick would find a way to defend him. He's an extremist.

    Along with Little Kiwi, his comments on here are the most predictable.

    So just ignore him, like most people do.

    Posted by: SamIam | Jul 18, 2013 3:39:59 PM

  24. Hmmm, odd that most comments bash the entire Dominican Republic instead of the homophobic religious leaders who actually made the anti-gay statements, statements that could easily come out of the mouths of U.S. religious leaders.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 18, 2013 3:56:39 PM

  25. @ "If Hitler were black, Derrick would find a way to defend him. He's an extremist."

    And if your mother admitted she raised a bigoted right-wing homo I'd defend her azz too.

    @ "Along with Little Kiwi, his comments on here are the most predictable."

    Yep, predictable comments in response to those made by narrow minded right-wing racist bytches.

    @ "So just ignore him, like most people do."

    Couldn't even take your own advice. Brilliant.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 18, 2013 4:05:05 PM

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