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‘Gay Hate Day’ taking place in Cameroon today

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  1. Does Britain give that dump any aid money?

    How do we ensure that not a single penny of British taxpayer’s money goes to that dump?

    1. Cos calling it a dump and stopping aid money is going to liberate every gay and bring about a dawn for all who’s sexuality and love is oppressed by the state.

      1. Well it is a dump – any country where you can be jailed for being gay and where the overwhelming majority of the population agrees with the law, is a dump. You have no valid argument to make against calling Cameroon the hate-filled dump that it is.

        And unless the British government can give me a cast iron guarantee that not a single penny of my hard-earned tax money is given to Cameroon then I don’t think we should be funding them.

        Aid to Africa has failed. We should not keep funding failure.

        1. David you are just a racist period and full of hate, its not all about you, it about love for Cameroon a less developed country that needs our help.

    2. As usual, as soon as I saw this headline, I knew there would be the usual onslaught of comments about African nations being ‘backward dumps’, with not a single thought to the activists or LGBT locals persecuted as a result of actions such as ‘gay hate day’. We all know this is pretty dreadful news, but this won’t effect you in anyway, here in the U.K our rights as LGBT folk will hopefully only get better. I think we should all spare a thought for the untold numbers of LGBT people across Africa and countries in the Middle East who suffer true hardship and violent homophobia every waking day. Of course cutting aid should be used as a means for governments to adopt a more positive stance towards LGBT people, but I’m concerned we are forgetting about the very people we are supposed to be in some way helping by threatening to cease aid..

    3. dAVID, your comments about Cameroon being a “dump” are totally wrong! Yet another lazy presumption from you! Have you ever been to Cameroon? I doubt it! I’ve been to Cameroon. This was for my sister’s wedding. She, a white English woman, married a black Cameroonian (Yes.virtually everybody born in Cameroon is black, unlike other African countries like South Africa & Zimbabwe). My brother-in-law is not homophobic. He doesn’t understand why people are gay, like alot of Christians in Cameroon. Not understanding why homosexuality exists does not make people homophobic, just ignorant. Homphobia is a fear, therefore irrational, as is the current attitude across most of Africa towards LGBT issues. I hope that the people in Christian churches in Cameroon & rest of Africa start to listen to alternative points of view other than their traditional views against homosexuality. USA is NOT helping, by encouraging them, but it’s still up to Cameroon & other countries to make a stand for LGBT justice!

      1. Spanner1960 25 Aug 2012, 10:11am

        Thank you for that enlightening comment Tony.
        I made a statement in another thread the other day that ‘the biggest threat to LGBT people is not homophobia, it is ignorance’.

        People attack what they don’t know or cannot understand, and it is up to more advanced countries such as ourselves to educate these people, instead of immediately going on the offensive, calling them insulting names and threatening to remove financial aid.

        There is a lot of hatred and disinformation being spread by the rich US evangelical churches across Africa, and we need to be able to counteract that threat and demonstrate to what are, let’s be honest, simple and uneducated people, as to what makes a country advanced; it is not wealth or power, it is how we treat our fellow man.

    4. Spanner1960 25 Aug 2012, 10:12am

      dAVID: You are a knee-jerk over-reactionary twat that needs to recognise that life is never as simple and as cut & dried as you imagine it to be.

  2. Frightening to see such blind, ignorant hate growing in Cameroon. As always the focus seems to be on gay men, and procreation. Does anyone know why homophobia is increasing there? Have they had any fundie visitors, for example, or is this something home-grown?

  3. Robert Brown 21 Aug 2012, 12:48pm

    Unfortunately, thanks to the growing strength of the American far right Evangelical Christian movement, they are undermining true traditional African values . . .

    http://www.rainbow-citizen.com

    1. Incorrect.

      Cameroon and other African countries hold the ultimate responsibility for the growth of genocidal homophobia in their countries.

      It’s all too easy and lazy to say ‘Oh let’s blame the US churches.’

      The reason the fundie churches go to dumps like Uganda and Cameroon to promote bigotry is because they know that these countries are receptive to their murderous messages.

      We need to stop funding these countries completely,

      1. But thats the point “it’s all too easy” for the USA to put a stop to its own citizens spreading the hate? Why wouldn’t they, could anyone disagree that the Obama and Clinton don’t have a moral obligation to denounce their own citizens actions? Clinton gave a big speech denouncing state sanctioned homophobia. Shouldn’t she at least pass laws stopping the USA importing aggravated homophobia. Their are similar laws about importing other immoral ideology or practices.

        1. The US is NOT importing aggravated homophobia. They are going to countries which welcome their homophobia with open arms

          The homophobia in Africa is Africa’s sole responsibility – you do accept this don’t you?

          Africa’s homophobia is not the fault of colonialism (Ireland, Australia; Canada; India etc seemed to be able to rid themselves of colonial era laws fairly easily).

          Africa’s homophobia is not the fault of US churches.

          Africa is a HUGE continent – ther eis no way that the US nutters can import homophobia to Africa on such a massive scale.

          This is Cameroon’s fault and we need to cut all ties with that terrible country.

          There’s a recession on in Britain. It is not the time to be funding countries with such a lack of regard for human rights.

      2. I am not from Cameroon, but I suspect that US evangelicals have little influence there due to the language barrier. Eighty percent of Cameroonians speak French. The English that is spoken is mainly local Cameroonian Pidgin English.

        I think Cameroon’s homophobia is home-grown in part. To the extent that it is due to foreign influence, I expect that influence is largely based in Rome. The population is 38% Catholic, 26% Protestant and 21% Muslim.

  4. Mumbo Jumbo 21 Aug 2012, 12:54pm

    “…..the influential Archbishop of Yaoundé declared…..”

    Here we go again.

  5. Why is it so difficult to educate people in the developing nations like the Cameroons?

    It seems as if we have to drag them kicking and screaming into the 19th then the 20th century first and then oh dear into the 21st century by that time the rest of the world will have moved on.

    Is there any way that the American Evangelical far right can be stopped from twisting the minds of developing nations?

    1. A complete and immediate cessation to aid money would be a good start.

      1. The state telling local people the pro gay west is causing there starvation is going to be a big boost for local activists

        1. Like the state needs any additional excuse to persecute the local gays – haven’t you woken up to the fact that the gays are the easiest people to blame in these dumps.

          You can blame them for EVERYTHING.

          The government is a corrupt failure – blame the gays.
          There’s a storm – blame the gays.

          I realise that Cameroon’s government is as corrupt and useless as they get. But let’s make it perfectly clear to them that there are negative financial consequences for their sickening bigotry.

        2. Exactly, but people on these boards don’t seem to understand this.
          Now, had this report been about a country in Europe, we wouldn’t see 30+ comments on stopping aid!

    2. I don’t think it has anything to do with the American Evangelical right as you call it. When I was last in Uganda, and when you talk to people you realise that most people just instinctively believe homosexuality is a perversion and they are very hostile about Western group going in there to talk about LGBT rights. African hostility towards homosexuality when you study history goes a long way back.

  6. Pavlos Prince of Greece 21 Aug 2012, 1:20pm

    France has this day one week ago – it was calling ‘special pray on Virgin Mary Assumption Day’, and Italy has exact now – as 33th Rimini meeting of ‘Communione and Liberazione’. United States will have this in November in the form of referendums on ‘marriage definition’ in 4 states.

  7. ‘Gay Hate Day’

    Wow.

  8. Foreign aid to countries with poor records on LGBT rights should be stopped.

    David Cameron has already started to institute foreign aid cuts to African countries that abuse LGBT people:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047254/David-Cameron-Foreign-aid-cut-anti-gay-countries.html

    It’s time to turn off the tap completely in my view. It may seem harsh, but sometimes a patient needs a stong medicine before he has any chance of getting better. It’s not only LGBT people who suffer from the corrupt regimes that run some (most?) of these countries, and I have never trusted that all the money goes where it should go in any case.

    There is apparently historical evidence that the homophobia in Africa is a result of “Christian” colonialism. No surprises there.

  9. The problem is that these fundamentalist bigots from the USA go to places like this because they are seen as an untapped revenue source. They encourage the local people to donate a relatively large proportion of their poverty level earnings to support ‘God’s Work’. This then disappears back to America where the Govt levies tax on it. The ‘church’ wins, the Govt wins. Hence no Government action. The losers, as always, are those who believe these con-men. They lose their money and they take the blame for the attitudes they have been indoctrinated with.

    1. Hi Steve see my comment earlier, this is not actually true, I have studied and it is more of a cultural thing, rather then an indoctrination.

  10. All western nations should stop the funding off all in need nations and totally re-access the implications of such aid. Money on its own does not work! Most is lost to admin and deception and millions pushed towards arms. If a country is in need then give them exactly what they need and nothing else. i.e: tents, clothing, food and water. NO MONEY! We must also stop sending aid to countries like India who are embarrking on their own nuclear and space programmes. Why give aid to such countries? Its crazy. As for the homophobic elements of many African nations, well most of the homophobia is deep rooted and of religious origin. They will gladly open the door to and church,amarican or other, to come to preach homophobia at will. The US can do more to stop exporting what is in effect state sanctioned terrorism, because the ultimate aim to to totally surpress the LGBT community in that country. That hate brings the physical actions of beating,rape,hangings and death. Thats terror!

  11. Brilliant…. Cheers Cameroon.. instead of wasting time on ridiculous days like this shouldn’t you be using ur time to maybe sort out your terrible poverty, inadequate education system or your corrupted political system! Are ppl really this stupid !?!?!?!?

  12. The evangelicals seem to be active where ever there is poverty and ignorance.(states of being that has worked well for them in the past). They are beneath contempt.

  13. dAVID, your comments about Cameroon being a “dump” are totally wrong! Yet another lazy presumption from you! Have you ever been to Cameroon? I doubt it! I’ve been to Cameroon. This was for my sister’s wedding. She, a white English woman, married a black Cameroonian (Yes.virtually everybody born in Cameroon is black, unlike other African countries like South Africa & Zimbabwe). My brother-in-law is not homophobic. He doesn’t understand why people are gay, like alot of Christians in Cameroon. Not understanding why homosexuality exists does not make people homophobic, just ignorant. Homphobia is a fear, therefore irrational, as is the current attitude across most of Africa towards LGBT issues. I hope that the people in Christian churches in Cameroon & rest of Africa start to listen to alternative points of view other than their traditional views against homosexuality. USA is NOT helping, by encouraging them, but it’s still up to Cameroon & other countries to make a stand for LGBT justice!

    1. What’s your point? Your brother in law can’t help being homophobic because he is ignorant? Sounds like a dump to me!

      1. Completely agree with everyone who says the aid should be stopped.

        WTF is the point your trying to make about your brother in law?

      2. My point is that being ignorant and homophobic are NOT the same thing. Neither state of mind or attitude is good, of course. I’m making a distinction between 2 different words (ignorance & homophobia), which for some reason have been confused by people commenting on Pink News articles, including this one. Homophobia is a fear, irrational of course. I’m not condoning either, just clarifying the difference. Therefore, I can say that while my Cameroonian bro-in-law is perhaps ignorant towards certain areas of homosexuality, it does NOT mean he’s afraid, or would discriminate against any LGBT person. Cameroon is definitely NOT a dump. I have been there! As you haven’t been there, you shouldn’t make arrogant presumptions! Do you like it when people make presumptions about you?
        Regarding stopping aid, does anyone know if Cameroon definitely receives any aid from UK & how much if so? I’m not sure it does. While Cameroon certainly isn’t rich, it’s not as poor as many other African nations are.

  14. f,a,ecjes on the penis causes HPV,, 21 Aug 2012, 6:05pm

    Nice one Cameroon!. Homosexual acts are repugnant and belong in the dark ages.

  15. Hmm, Gay people get Haemoroids, let’s hate them! Haven’t you got anything else to occupy your minds while you are starving to death, you ignorant pigs?

    1. There is no point responding to comments like this with such vitriol, it reflects poorly on you.

      1. John sharp 22 Aug 2012, 3:27am

        Religion makes them stupid.
        Vitriol when they kill gays daily
        Is a soft response Bob

  16. Backward Savages

    1. Was that the only thing that crossed your mind when you read this report? Casual racism is just as bad as homophobia.

      1. What race is a Savage?

        1. John sharp 22 Aug 2012, 3:24am

          Actually religious blacks are fundamentally homophobic,they believe black are never gays ,it is a white imported infection,
          Blacks are “racists “towards gays

  17. Is this archbishop anglican? Can we get Canterbury to excommunicate him?

  18. gaykingdom 21 Aug 2012, 8:58pm

    It is funny…the most famous person from Cameroon…at least to Americans…is Bebe Sahara, a drag queen and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race TV series.

  19. Pavlos Prince of Greece 21 Aug 2012, 10:46pm

    And what about another 364 days? Its in Cameroon ‘gay hate days’ too, no?

    1. John sharp 22 Aug 2012, 3:22am

      It is hate every day

  20. Normal gay guy 22 Aug 2012, 12:49am

    I hand it to the inventors of “Gay hate day”. The people who have thrown their hands up at LGBT History Month and IDAHO, now have an occasion they can give their support to.

  21. Yet another political power play, however horrific for those that suffer.

    Lacking any other more worthwhile cause these politicians rabble rouse at the expense of those less able to defend themselves.

    They do not know the difference between a “gay” person liking their own sex and effeminate men and butch women who are NOT necessarily “gay”

  22. Omar Kuddus 22 Aug 2012, 2:34am

    UK Global LGBT and Human Rights Advocate Omar Kuddus raises a lone voice against Camaroon’s ‘Gay Hate Day’: “This advocate cannot allow this to occur, and though it may be just one voice, it is my voice, and it will be heard.”
    http://www.prlog.org/11955448-global-lgbt-activist-blasts-cameroon-gay-hate-day.html

  23. John sharp 22 Aug 2012, 3:17am

    Racist black, fuel led by hatefully religion,stop aid to all the racist countries and severe diplomatic ties with them, block thei assets , gays are 10% of the world population like it or not,

  24. GingerlyColors 22 Aug 2012, 6:57am

    This sounds like something straight out of the pages of a dystopian Orwellian novel. In George Orwell’s famous novel the ruling party organised a ‘Hate Week’ then of course there was the ‘Anti Sex League’. Cameroon doesn’t belong in the 21st century. It belongs in a terrifying version of 1984.

  25. we do not need homosexuals in Cameroon. it`s immoral.

    1. You have them already and have done since the beginning of the human race. It’s called diversity – it’s not immoral and it harms no-one. Except the sexually insecure who can’t get on with their own lives without having a victim to pick on…

  26. It`s also better for other countries to keep away their aid. ‘No, thank you. We do not want to be bribed or controlled into acceptance.@

  27. Some of this the comments on this thread are just down right racist and hate filled. Calling Cameroon a dump and calling for aid to be stopped is just downright right wing fundamentalist scaremongering of the highest order. Cameroon is a less developed country and urgently needs the money. If people feel Cameroon is homophobic then there are other ways of tackling the issue, so poor people do not suffer and also do not judge all Cameroon people by the actions of some Cameroons, that is a sweeping generalisation.

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