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.

Comments

  1. Logan says

    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.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    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.

  3. mike/ says

    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

  4. Mike Ryan says

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

  5. Dback says

    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.

  6. Michael Heynz says

    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.

  7. ratbastard says

    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.

  8. ratbastard says

    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.

  9. Jack M says

    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.

  10. Tom Chicago says

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

  11. Shawn says

    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.

  12. Reality Chek says

    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.

  13. bructer says

    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.

  14. Keppler says

    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.

  15. Shawn says

    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.

  16. sugarrhill says

    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.

  17. Hey Darlin' says

    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.

  18. Derrick from Philly says

    SHAWN,

    why the f.ck 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.

  19. SamIam says

    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.

  20. says

    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.

  21. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “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.

  22. gomez says

    utterly ridiculous to blame “sex tourism” for foreign countries’ homophobia. sometimes it’s appropriate to “pull the race card”. this isn’t one of those times. get real, reality check and derrick.

  23. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL…I’m sorry SAMIAN, I completely f.cked up your posting name. Sorry. I swear it wasn’t on purpose…LOL

    Gomez,

    shut up. the term “race card” came from the same creepy (you know whats) who created the term “reverse racism”: right-wing bullshyters.

    Andy, could you give us an idea of what curse words are allowed on your blog. I feel I’m being made to be so…so…well…so virginal. I like to cuss at these right-wing bytches.

  24. gomez says

    yes, shut up and don’t you dare buck leftist orthodoxy when white people need to be primarily faulted for every other country’s problems and bigotry, lest you be called racist, right-wing, b—-, etc

    fair warning to those who see and call out bull pies

  25. Andres Duque says

    Consider the source for the news about the “Black Monday” protest: Catholic News Service or CNS News which always parrots the point of view of the homophobic conservative leaders of the Dominican Republic.

    What the CNS article does not mention is that the protest was a complete and utter FAILURE as was reported by local Spanish-language media.

    Not only that but an overwhelming majority of Dominicans are sick and tired of these religious leaders claiming moral high ground when they never speak up about sins committed by priests against children in the island or the population’s poverty rate.

    The protests were a failure because the general Dominican population do not care if the new ambassador is gay or not or have actually voiced their support. The Dominican government and other leading Dominican figures have also expressed their support.

    It frustrates me to no end when these sort of news pop up and the knee-jerk reaction is to call for an economic boycott of the island or denigrate Dominicans as being backwards or natives or worse.

    If anything the untold story here is that Dominicans are standing up to religious leaders and telling them to stop denigrating the LGBT community.

    And what is ironic is that if the nomination for ambassador ultimately fails it will be thanks to conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress who will probably quote religious sites such as CNS to argue (as most right wing sites are doing already) that nominating a gay man to this diplomatic post is an affront to the Dominican Republic.

    It might be an affront to a few homophobic religious leaders but nothing more than that.

  26. Tommy says

    If the DR pisses off Canada with stupid comments like this, they stand to lose about 80% of their tourism revenue. Not sure they actually have other revenue sources.

  27. jamal49 says

    F*ck you Ratbastard. I go to the DR 5-6 times a year and it isn’t for “sex tourism”. It’s because I have beaucoup friends and three godchildren there. Kiss my ass.

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