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Gambian President Calls Gays “Biggest Threats to Human Existence”

Jim Burroway

September 27th, 2013

Dozens of world leaders are in New York right now for the United Nations General Assembly’s annual General Debate. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is there, and today he used his allotted time to accuse LGBT people of being one of the three “biggest threats to human existence,” along with greed and obsession with world domination. Together, Jammeh said they “are more deadly than all natural disasters put together.”

Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 following a military coup, has developed a reputation for being notoriously anti-gay. In 2008, he threatened to “cut off the head” of any homosexual he found in his country and promised to introduce legislation that would be “stricter than those in Iran.” He didn’t follow through on that last threat. Homosexuality is currently a felony under Gambian law and carries a penalty of fourteen years in prison.



September 27th, 2013 | LINK

This man is such a fool. Please tell me that our tax dollars are not going to keep him in office.

September 28th, 2013 | LINK

The rhetoric coming out of Africa these days sounds like a resurgence of the rhetoric of America from twenty years ago. Can’t they be a bit more creative in their hate?

Richard Rush
September 28th, 2013 | LINK

“The rhetoric coming out of Africa these days sounds like a resurgence of the rhetoric of America from twenty years ago.” Or usually as recently as twenty minutes ago.

22 INSANE Things Representative Sally Kern Has Said . . .
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Regan DuCasse
September 28th, 2013 | LINK

I’d say warring factions, poverty and violence against women are the biggest threats to human existence.
But what do I know?

September 28th, 2013 | LINK

Stupid is as stupid does.

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