The Gambia Hub




Secretary of State John Kerry Calls Gambian President's Gay 'Vermin' Remarks 'Unacceptable'

Jammeh Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement yesterday in response to remarks from Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday which labeled homosexuals "vermin" that should be exterminated like malaria-causing mosquitos.

Said Kerry:

The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18. All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation. We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable.

Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love.

Said Jammeh on Tuesday:

"We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively...We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them...As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence."


Gambian President: Gays Are 'Vermin' And Should Be Killed Like Malaria-Infected Mosquitos

Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh continued to feed the frenzy of anti-gay fervor on the African continent when on Tuesday he called homosexuals “vermin” and pledged his government will fight them much the same way it fights mosquitoes (notorious for spreading malaria). Reuters reports:

"We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively," Jammeh said in a speech on state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia's independence from Britain.

Britain and some other Western nations have threatened to cut aid to governments that pass anti-gay laws.

But Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and not yield to outside pressure on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

"We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptised by the powers that promote them," he said.

"As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence," he added.

These are not Jammeh’s first incendiary and anti-gay comments since coming to power two decades ago in a coup. Last April, Jammeh threatened, “If we catch you, you will regret why you are born.” And in his address before the UN General Assembly this past fall he labeled homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence,” dubbing it “more deadly than all natural disasters put together."


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

Jammeh

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." 


Gambian President Threatens Gays: 'If We Catch You, You Will Regret Why You Are Born'

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has a long history of anti-gay threats, has made a few more.

Said Jammeh this week: Jammeh

“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey.. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison,” Jammeh said.

“We want the population to grow. There will be children in this country. Homosexuality is anti-god, anti-human, and anti-civilization. Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. I have buffalos from South Africa and Brazil and they never date each other. We are ready to eat grass but we will not compromise on this. Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here.”


NEWS: The Doubt Of Dawkins, Ageless Madge, Hip-Hop Improves, Brian Brown's A Jerk (VIDEO)

Dawkins

Towleroad-roadicon Playboy's Chip Rowe's excellent interview with Richard Dawkins.

 Towleroad-roadicon In California, kids will soon be protected from "reparative therapy" -- but aren't their parents churches often just as dangerous?

 Towleroad-roadicon For legal purposes, Arizonians may be pregnant up to two weeks before conception

 Towleroad-roadicon Lynyrd Skynyrd bails on RNC.

 Towleroad-roadicon The best bit of political writing last week came from Gawker, and included these lovely lines:

It's a pernicious bit of false piety in America to assume that wealth confers goodness and goodness wealth; that the two evidence an indivisible value to anything other than profit. Asking how Romney became wealthy and how he manages wealth transgresses nothing. It is not an unreasonable intrusion or a heretical line of inquiry. There is not and will never be a minimum number of zeroes to your net worth that confers either absolution or immunity.

MagicJammeh Towleroad-roadicon Last week, the nutso Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who claims to cure AIDS with magic and wants to chop off gay people's heads, pledged to execute all his country's death row inmates before September.

 Towleroad-roadicon It seems nine death row inmates have been executed so far. The EU responds:

"I strongly condemn the executions which have reportedly taken place on Thursday 23 August 2012, following President Jammeh's stated intention to carry out all death penalties before mid-September," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

"I demand the immediate halt of the executions," she added.

The European Union has previously condemned death sentences passed in Gambia, but Sunday's statement went further by indicating that action might follow.

"In light of these executions, the European Union will urgently consider an appropriate response," 

 Towleroad-roadicon Brian Brown's "civil" description of those GOP legislators who voted for marriage equality in New York: "Slippery" "slithery" "traitors."

 Towleroad-roadicon Hip-hop's long journey to acceptance:

"People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they're different," Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview ... 

"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop said of [Frank Ocean's recent public acknowledgment of his homosexuality]. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

 Towleroad-roadicon FOX News correspondent thinks Neil Armstrong's death provides an excellent opportunity to attack Barack Obama. 

 Towleroad-roadicon Madonna has been singing "Holiday" for a really long time. How long? Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Continue reading "NEWS: The Doubt Of Dawkins, Ageless Madge, Hip-Hop Improves, Brian Brown's A Jerk (VIDEO)" »


Police Raid Bar in Gambia, Arrest 15 'Suspected of Homosexuality'

Police have arrested 15 men 'suspected of homosexuality' in Gambia, AFP reports:

JammehThe men, all Gambians except one Senegalese, were arrested late Monday when police raided a bar in a popular tourist area. Officers had received a tip of people "publicly displaying or promoting homosexual activities," a senior police officer speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

"They will be charged accordingly after we have completed our investigations," the police official said.

Homosexuality in Gambia is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

In 2008, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh told all homosexuals to leave the country or risk being beheaded.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged