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African President: Gay People Are One Of The ‘Biggest Threats To Human Existence’

by David Badash on September 27, 2013

in News,Politics

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The president of a country ravaged by poverty and hunger today stood at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly and told the world that gay people and homosexuality are among the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

Yahya Jammeh, the president of the western African nation of Gambia, told dozens of heads of state and top diplomats that homosexuality, greed, and obsession with world domination “are more deadly than all natural disasters put together,” according to the AP:

It’s not the first time the Gambian ruler has used such harsh words. In 2008, he told gays and lesbians to leave the country or have their heads cut off.

Jammeh also has drawn international criticism for his claim he can cure AIDS with an herbal body rub and bananas.

And earlier this year, Jammeh said:

“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.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia, and punishable by 14 years in prison.

90 percent of the country is Muslim, and one third of Gambia’s citizens live on less than $1.25 USD per day.

Hat tip: Ryan Davis

Image: screenshot via UN webcast

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{ 11 comments }

Robroberts2013 September 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

And this is why Gambia will never amount to anything more than an irrelevant cesspool of overopulation and disease. Truly the embodiment of Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".

And look! It time for a nice coup to straighten out dear leader:
http://americanstreetnews.com/news/gambia-among-c

RRuinsky September 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Expel Gambia from the UN. He shouldn't be allowed into the US.

elizapar11 September 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

little boy go back to your irrelevant country

elizapar11 September 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

hey little boy go back to your irrelevant country

castlerockbear September 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Did he learn to be that stupid?!

JohnB340 September 28, 2013 at 3:53 am

No, it came naturally to him!

teeveedub September 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I'm guessing that the Gambian tourism industry isn't exactly flourishing and won't be anytime soon. "Come for the political corruption. Stay for the homophobia!"

thetimidathiest September 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Maybe instead of African you could have said Gambian President? Paints a more accurate picture, imo.

russellsvocation September 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I'm sure we are sending monetary aid to their country. Let's cut that off and see if they can live on less than $1.25 per day.

clr1390 September 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm

foreignassistance.gov it gives every country and the foreign aid we give!!! I am going to check it out now.

Robroberts2013 September 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Comments like these from Gambia perpetuate the notion that Africa is a hopeless hellhole, capable of nothing but backwardness and ignorence. The truly sad and ironic thing is the very real threats to Gambia are poverty and disease, which will only be tackled through science and partnership with the Enlightened world. I fear statements like this will only further isolate countries like Gambia and condemn them to their miserable fate at the very bottom of civilizations ladder.

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