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Gambian President Calls Homosexuality One of the 'Biggest Threats to Human Existence' in UN Address


At the United Nations General Assembly earlier today, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh continued his crusade against homosexuality, labeling it as one of the three "biggest threats to human existence." The AP reports that Jammeh used his address to say that homosexuality, along with greed and obsession with world domination, is "more deadly than all natural disasters put together."

Jammeh's hard-line stance against gays and lesbians has been well-documented here on Towleroad. Back in 2008, he announced plans to "cut off the head" of any homosexual caught in his country. In April, Jammeh reiterated his stern warning: "Homosexuals are not welcome in Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born." 

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  1. Not the best map for the job seeing as Senegal, not The Gambia, is highlighted, but it's still center-stage so eh whatever.

    Posted by: jas238 | Sep 27, 2013 8:32:51 PM

  2. Anyone as ignorant, primitive and violent-prone as this man should not be allowed to speak at a United Nations Assembly.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Sep 27, 2013 9:02:21 PM

  3. Why homosexuality is threat to human existence?
    His country probably is not too crowded and needs more babies to be made in the "normal" way.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 27, 2013 9:11:06 PM

  4. Hardly surprising that the president of the smallest country on the world’s poorest continent should feel threatened. But gays make for a convenient scapegoat.

    Posted by: JCTSF | Sep 27, 2013 9:42:19 PM

  5. ooga booga

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 27, 2013 9:57:56 PM

  6. Why is Africa such a hell-hole?

    Posted by: dancob@mindspring | Sep 27, 2013 9:58:13 PM

  7. perfect HAGATHA!. This man needs to be laughed at in public, laughed at until he shuts his ignorant mouth. Then rolled in army ants.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 27, 2013 10:10:51 PM

  8. Ignorance, hate, and violence are the ugliest and biggest threat to human existence. Who are these people?

    Posted by: Martin | Sep 27, 2013 10:18:48 PM

  9. Why is he dressed like a donut chef? Ok, Yahya, I'll have a 6 spinkle donuts and a dozen mini donuts. But no cream donuts because who knows what's in the cream.

    Posted by: Kev C | Sep 27, 2013 10:24:34 PM

  10. STFU and fold my laundry

    Posted by: Boring | Sep 27, 2013 10:37:08 PM

  11. Bark away bitches, with your superficial comments. He's no African descendent pushover, like our "leader." Time will tell. Decades will reveal. May you all live to a very old age.

    Posted by: UN | Sep 27, 2013 11:01:30 PM

  12. @JAS238 - actually, Gambia is the little green area inside of the Senegal map.

    Posted by: Mike in the tundra | Sep 27, 2013 11:44:43 PM

  13. UN thinks he's being wise by implying that if we all live to be old enough we'll find that being gay is wrong and that an utter asshat like Jammeh was a wiseman. LOL.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 28, 2013 1:02:54 AM

  14. He must have a point thought as before reading this article I didn’t know Gambia existed, homosexual must be erasing Gambia out of the Earth’s map. Just kidding, but, my gosh, what do you expect from most of Africa. They are still struggling to enter to the XX century, forget about the XXI. Not the best continent for Human Rights or even for the understanding of what Human Rights are. Sadly it seems like poverty, the support of Christian fundamentalist and “missionaries working for charities”, the spreading of Islam, the support of countries witch don’t have good records themselves –like China and Russia- will keep them in the dark. Not a good perspective there.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Sep 28, 2013 1:28:17 AM

  15. @DANCOB@MINDSPRING - Have you ever been to Africa? How dare you make a statement such as that about an entire continent. Africa has some of the most beautiful flora and fauna on the face of the planet. You might want to thank YOUR MISSIONARIES for going to Africa and spreading this hatred of homosexuals. Perhaps instead of placing a penis in your mouth you should take the time to read a book.

    Posted by: You Idiot | Sep 28, 2013 1:59:15 AM

  16. If something similar to the comet/meteor/asteroid that hit Siberia about 100 years ago landed on this moron's palace, even he might change his mind about what is worse. Unfortunately, it would probably take a direct hit to get the facts of life noticed through his thick skull.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 28, 2013 2:15:59 AM

  17. @YOU IDIOT i don't think any one here would ever want to go to Africa considering the violence, poverty, corruption, ignorance, and religious extremism. there is not one country on the continent that any of us would consider even being remotely pleasant and who cares if the flora and fauna are the prettiest in the world if you can't you can't walk down the street holding your loved one's hand.

    Posted by: Tim doro | Sep 28, 2013 3:52:05 AM

  18. The biggest threat to humanity are guys like this one, that got the power after a coup killing dozens people.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Sep 28, 2013 4:33:29 AM

  19. Tell you what, we'll start making babies when you stop chopping them to pieces with machetes.

    Posted by: Chaz | Sep 28, 2013 4:50:22 AM

  20. He should really consider going for a nice, warm swim in a pool of acid.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 28, 2013 7:29:38 AM

  21. ironic for a country that looks like its inserted in Senegal's ass.

    Posted by: twostepcub (@twostepcub) | Sep 28, 2013 9:12:22 AM

  22. Most of Afreeka is a toilet, peopled by superstitious people and ruled by despots. The Scott Livelys and other religious should be made to live there to get the full benefit of their "handiwork".

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 28, 2013 9:22:48 AM

  23. Me thinks the sin of gluttony is a far greater threat to him than gay people.

    Posted by: Rickseaside | Sep 28, 2013 10:26:57 AM

  24. The population of this "country" is 1.7 million. Mr. "President," we sh*t bigger turds than you in America. Eat it.

    Posted by: Just a guy | Sep 28, 2013 10:27:11 AM

  25. He should confine his comments to AIDS only, which is probably where this all began.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 28, 2013 11:29:53 AM

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