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Haiti: A thousand people turn up to protest against equal marriage

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  1. John in Toronto Canada 19 Jul 2013, 6:41pm

    The persecution of LGBT people is going to increase worldwide before it gets better. Evolution is long and painful, and people are terribly ignorant, fearful and hateful. I’m so fortunate to live in Canada.

  2. Of course the world doesn’t expect these bigoted Haitians to support same-sex marriage let alone basic LGBT rights. They have after all, still a lot of rubble to clear out. It’s an impoverished superstitious nation that can’t even keep their house in order. Science and education are keys to opening up hearts and minds about acceptance of LGBT people and their basic human rights.

    1. It is a pity these thousand people didn’t do something more constructive. They still haven’t re-built most of their capital city. Probably waiting for western homosexuals to donate more money to do it for them.

      God really let them down with that earthquake after all.

  3. Always the most hopeless and destitute countries protest like this and demonstrate the greatest homophobia. There is almost a direct correlation between homophobia and national backwardness.

    1. Poverty results in limited education, which often results in extreme bigotry. Having said that, wealth and available don’t always result in advanced views, as many parts of the USA and even Australia have recently demonstrated.

  4. bobbleobble 19 Jul 2013, 7:11pm

    Haiti’s a complete mess. It’s still not recovered from the earthquake fully. It’s one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere.

    And yet these so called ‘moral’ organisation choose to get upset not about any of these things but about same sex marriage which as far as I can tell is not even on the agenda in Haiti.

    These people have a strange view of what is moral.

    1. “Moral” organisations thrive by identifying scapegoats. One of the saddest aspects of human nature is that desperation so often results in people wanting to find others to despise rather than assist.

  5. Bill Cameron 19 Jul 2013, 7:35pm

    Because I am not so despicable as these bigots I wouldn’t advocate shutting off the aid tap to this place. Don’t they have more important things to worry about specially after the earthquake a few years ago.

  6. GingerlyColors 19 Jul 2013, 7:37pm

    Haiti decriminalized homosexuality soon after the fall of ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier in the 1980′s now they are considering marriage equality we should be helping that impoverished country recover from the devastating earthquake in 2010. Unlike many of those African countries, Haiti is trying to make progress in LGBT rights and therefore are a worthwhile aid recipient. Social homophobia remains a problem there but like here in the UK back in the 1970′s and 80′s it will take time to rid society of it.

    1. Unlike many of those African countries which have AIDS epidemics and have the lowest life expectancies in the world you mean? The entire bottom 20 (or so) of lowest life expectancies are made up of African counties, they need aid too.

      How are these countries to advance without education?

      1. GingerlyColors 20 Jul 2013, 11:11am

        Of course education is needed but are the leaders of those African countries willing to commit to educating their people? And does foreign aid always get to the people it’s intended for? The President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who supports the ‘Kill Gays’ Bill, recently spent £17,000,000 worth of foreign aid money on a private jet for himself. Unfortunately starving children cannot eat an aeroplane.

        1. To the best of my knowledge homosexual activity is still illegal in haiti! If someone knows something different can they please direct me to the revelant criminal code on the web!

  7. Unfortunately the news of same-sex marriage being legalized in many western countries has brought up the attention in those countries where homosexuality is usually a taboo: therefore lgbts are used as a scapegoat which everyone agrees to marginalize. Really sad.

  8. It will be the same american evangelist groups encouraging the persecution of LGBT people in Haiti as it is in Africa. While the aid they provide is much needed the price is religious indoctrination. To be fair to the Haitians, if you are starving and homeless you wont be too fussy about who’s helping you.

  9. Where do I begin with this one. 1) Haiti has never brought prospect of equal marriage, 2) the country has no infrastructure and relies on foreign aid, 3) they minimal healthcare, education 4) the government is incredibly corrupt…… And this is what they rally against!

    1. That There Other David 19 Jul 2013, 9:57pm

      In previous generations societies in their situation would have kicked out the Jews. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

    2. Kenny, it is interesting that you mention foreign aid! A recent Ugandan activist interview I heard said “aid is a double edged sword, you need it in poor countries. But! along with aid comes Evangelist and Missionaries to help!”

      In the lengthy interview he mentioned after the Evangelist and Missionaries arrived in poorer communities, built helped with drinking water, built kitchens and schools followed by churches communities changed they started to see some thing they had not seen before “bigotry” which lead to beatings and deaths.

      The situation in Haiti is one where a country raved by a national disaster becomes a magnet to organizations, some go to help the less fortunate, and others go to turn the the less educated into bigots!

      The four points you mention are the key reasons why we see Evangelistic influences becoming established in these countries. Consequent they succeed at indoctrinating people to their faith, because they lack knowledge to know different.

      1. Its empire building pure and simple. Taking advantage of vulnerable populations to indoctrinate entire generations into an ancient poisioneous ideology, effectivley stunting the growth of the population as a whole, just to keep their Pope in power. What a crime against humanity.

  10. Lets not forget the massive shift in attitudes that have taken place in the Western Hemisphere in a relatively short space of time. It’s easy to write off countries like Haiti and swathes of Africa as hopelessly ignorant but the reality is far more complex and nuanced than that.

    We have won so much in the UK because we kept plugging away, fighting fear and ignorance with reasoned, rational arguments that garnered support from heterosexual allies. This is the course we should take with other countries too. We just have to keep going.

    Progress can be frustratingly slow, especially when you’re on the outside with freedom and equality, but the answer is to just keep doing what we always do. Fight.

    1. This comment hit the nail on the head as far as I’m concerned, when talking about freedoms for LGBT people we need to keep things in perspective. The freedoms we have came from brave people who were prepared to stand up for fairness and justice, along with a general consensus through rational discussion and or course an improvement in education and living standards.

    2. Quite. It’s all too easy to forget that it was illegal for a man to have sex with a 20-year-old man within the last 20 years in the UK.

      1. I just read on another website that two presumed homosexuals were beaten to death in this protest.

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  12. Maybe Shawn Penn could help change their view.

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Jul 2013, 5:09pm

    Of course, many of those religious groups are overwhelmingly catholic, a legacy of French colonialism and catholic missionaries. After seeing its French mother country enact its SSM legislation, Haiti now galvanises to resist any such change at all costs. They can only hold out for so long though.

    1. Yes, but Haiti kicked out the French in 2004, quite long enough (one would hope) for them to be able to think independently. I don’t think many present-day Haitians see France as the mother country in any way.

  14. Only a thousand ? Fantastic – that’s really good! A positive marker for the future that the religious fundamentalists could only frighten 1,000 people into turning up.
    And the population of Port au Prince is?

  15. johnny33308 22 Jul 2013, 4:31pm

    So some naked unenlightened savages protest equal marriage on half an island covered in barbarians. Big deal! Once global warming raises sea levels this problem will be solved, permanently (unless they learn to swim). Sorry, I am unable to conjure up any sympathy at all for the likes of these.

  16. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/crisishaiti

    maybe we need to start questioning whom we help? are we trying to save a rabid dog from drowning or are we the 1st willing to let it bite us after we save it?

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