Gambian President Warns Gays To Stay Away…Or Else

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In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 file photo Gambian President Yahya Jammeh speaks during a press conference following his reelection in Banjul, Gambia. Gambia’s president once claimed to have developed a cure for AIDS that involved an herbal body rub and bananas. His administration rounded up nearly 1,000 people last year in a witch hunt. And now he may soon have a new title in this tiny West African nation: His majesty. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)


Well, I guess I can cancel any plans for a dream vacation in Gambia.

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If not for longstanding allegations of hostility towards journalists, certainly the raging homophobia spewing from the top of the government totem pole thing would do the trick. According to reports, Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh, sent a stern warning to gays and lesbians while speaking before the country’s Parliament in Banjul. Yes, The Freedom newspaper made note that Jammeh confirmed that any chances of him exercising any tolerance towards alternative styles of boo loving are next to nil.

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Jammeh declared:

“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.”

Ah, hyper-masculine drivel mixed with a lack of knowledge: the perfect recipe for this flavor of stupidity. Perhaps he’s never heard of Big Bird’s questionable relationship with Mr. Snuffleupagusreports of over 1500 different species that have engaged in homosexual activity. Or hell, even the shorter, picture-enhanced version of such stories provided by BuzzFeed. Nonetheless, someone should finally bring that to his attention.

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Meanwhile, Jammeh went on with his anti-gay rant though, of course:

“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 buffaloes 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.”

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