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Gambia leaves the Commonwealth, days after President told UN that gays want to end human existence

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  1. Dangermouse 3 Oct 2013, 9:17am

    Good riddance ! He can do with out all our aid too !!!!!

  2. Godric Godricson 3 Oct 2013, 9:18am

    I feel sorry for LGBT people in The Gambia but have nothing for contempt for their President. What will travel companies do to advise LGBT vistiors of the problems that may arise?

    1. Benjamin Cohen 3 Oct 2013, 9:21am

      PinkNews does not sell advertising to companies that are promoting the Gambia

      1. He is right: it is a new form of cultural colonialism

        1. You have no idea what you are talking about, just as he has no idea what he’s talking about.

          I expect it from him, considering he’s obviously mentally ill.

        2. If telling people to respect the rights of minorities is cultural colonialism, then bring it on, wrapped up in pink ribbons. The history of western imperialism is nothing to be proud of but we should NOT apologise for pioneering democratic pluralism and human rights either at home or abroad.
          Lots of pagan African peoples valued gay relationships before Christian missionaries riding on the coat tails of European conquerors told them they were ‘sinful’. So some African leaders today are defending homophobia they originally learned from the West, and in the name of ‘African’ culture! History is more messy and complicated than you think. And finally irrelevant to opposing persecution of minorities.

  3. I am in favour of expulsion for all those Commonwealth countries that refuse to respect the rights of GLBT people.

    1. So you are in favour of all but shelving the Commonwealth? :-) Though to be fair I do not understand why the word COMMON exists in an organization that has the UK, Canada and South Africa as members alongside the likes of Nigeria and Pakistan!

      1. We should have a minimum standard of human rights to allow a country to be a member of the Commonwealth.

        If you don’t sign up and deliver, then you’re out and you don’t receive any aid.

        What’s wrong with that?

  4. Ridiculous that he thinks we want to end human existence.

    1. That’s a common fallacy homophobes like to use.

      It’s predicated on three false notions, that gay people don’t ever breed, that gayness is contagious, and that the straight population can’t sustain the human race without our assistance (smaller generation gaps, larger families etc.).
      In reality the human race just exceeded the 7 billion mark and counting.

      I would’ve said overpopulation was the more pressing issue, but apparently we’re not doing our bit by breeding like rabbits.

      Anyone for Soylent Green?

  5. Ethel Clutterbuck 3 Oct 2013, 9:28am

    He claimed to have produced a paste which cured AIDS when rubbed on your chest and was followed by eating a couple of bananas. Bananas – how appropriate.

    1. What makes bananas appropriate? Are you trying to be an asshole? If the man does not want pigs why insult him?

  6. We’re so sorry to see you go. Chill the champagne, somebody.

  7. Good. Now, not so much as a single penny, asylum for anyone who can get out, and let the cesspit of poverty, ignorance and extremism rot.

    1. Including the LGBT Africans? Well we’re the real victims here, us the hardworking taxpayers living in a developed country.

      Yes you’re right, sod the LGBT Africans, as long as our pennies are safe we can sleep well at night.

      Jesus fúcking Christ.

  8. Do we give Gambia aid, pull it all out now, give them nothing. if they want to be on their own, let them.

    The religious nutters will stop at nothing to demonsatrate their hate, including harming their own country.

    I really feel sorry for LGBT people over there, they are going to be isolated now.

  9. Soon he will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize alongside Putin.

    1. Shame on you! You made me spit coffee all over my computer keyboard, bursting into laughter. LOL

  10. Jock S. Trap 3 Oct 2013, 10:06am

    Good riddance and couldn’t come soon enough. Any aid package deleted and close the door to bad rubbish.

    1. “Close the door”.

      I didn’t realise that floods of Gambians were on their way over? Enlighten me….

  11. The Commonwealth is a joke as far as human rights are concerned. Of the 54 nations in the Commonwealth, homosexuality is illegal in 40 of them. (Source: Wikipedia). We shouldn’t be providing aid to countries that discriminate against members of their population whether for race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.

  12. I visited The Gambia when I was younger, it’s a beautiful country with a wonderful culture.
    … pity it’s run by a mad person.

  13. This is indeed good news. His irrational decision relieves the UK of the burden of sending another single penny in aid. But it is desperate news for the LGBT community in The Gambia. Having to endure such ignorance and hate in a leadership must be horrendous.

  14. “The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism.”

    But you are happy with religious colonialism apparently. Off you go now, and play with your magic cures.

  15. That There Other David 3 Oct 2013, 11:00am

    Great. This tips the balance in the Commonwealth a little bit more in favour of countries that actually value human beings as human beings.

  16. Good riddance Gambia.
    Just another backward nation about to experience a massive social and civil collapse, we could do without being involved in any way.

    You watch, Gambia is about to be dragged into another ongoing civil war thanks to their weakness in the face of militant Islam and religious insanity. This is going to spread across all nations that do not combat militant religious ideas.

    It’s happening in Somalia, it’s likely to spread into Kenya unless they can prevent it with outside help.

    There is a considerable religious war coming, and Gambia has picked the wrong side to be on.

    The only people I feel sorry for are the innocent Gambians )LGBT or otherwise) who really don’t care what others do, they just want a good life for themselves and their children.

  17. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Oct 2013, 12:56pm

    Hurrah! Now will all the others follow suit? Why do we refer to it as ‘The Gambia’? Very odd. I hope that UK financial aid is cut off, but I very much doubt it.

    1. (For much the same reason as old-fashioned people refer to The Argentine, I believe – the territory takes its name from a river.)

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Oct 2013, 2:40pm

        Still odd though. Other English speaking countries don’t refer to it as such.

        1. The That There Other David 3 Oct 2013, 3:26pm

          You live in London. You know how it works. “The Edgeware Road, The Balham High Road, etc.” British people love to stick THE in front of everything.

  18. The fact is that the Commonwealth acts in the same way that the trade routes in the EU with membership countries. So this idiot has just shot his own country in the foot as far as its exports are concerned.
    Good riddance I say. And stop the aid to that country as well.

    1. Giuliano Benito Verzilli 10 Oct 2013, 10:52pm

      You should also have no relationship with Malaysia, Seychelles, Sir Lanka, Brunei, but these are not the poor Gambia and then there are other 40 Commonwealth countries always

  19. While I do feel very sorry indeed for any poor LGBT Gambians, the chorus of a ditty comes to mind:

    So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye …

  20. Colin (London) 3 Oct 2013, 1:17pm

    I think his announcement speaks volumes about the state of his country and it’s poor people. A laughing stock in the UN and now The Commonwealth.

    Will banks show us how much money he has squirrelled away from the people? Another despot who should be banned from travelling to any civilised country.

    He is the looser..and his people.

  21. keith francis farrell 3 Oct 2013, 1:27pm

    Glad to see them go, hopefully they will also step out of the UN, then they don’t need our money. Hope the world bank also calls in their loans. Sit like these people need to be excluded from the world.

  22. ““Homosexuality in all its forms and manifestations which, though very evil, antihuman as well as anti-Allah, is being promoted as a human right by some powers.” Istaghfurallah! please lord this man does not know what he is saying. The Qur’an generally scorns “approaching males in lust”, as well as the castration of males, as the sin of the people of Lot (Qur’an 7:81, 26:165-166, 27:55, 29:28-29).

  23. “Homosexuality in all its forms and manifestations which, though very evil, antihuman as well as anti-Allah, is being promoted as a human right by some powers.” Istaghfurallah! This man doesnt know what he is saying!

  24. It amazes me how many criminally insane psychopaths have a voice in the UN.

  25. Isa Kocher 3 Oct 2013, 3:17pm

    it;s tragic that cockroaches like this become heads of states. the top african cardinal believes the same as this one.

  26. Sister Mary Clarence 3 Oct 2013, 6:03pm

    Pulled this from the BBC:

    President Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has ruled with an iron fist ever since.

    Stability has not translated into prosperity. Despite the presence of the Gambia river, which runs through the middle of the country, only one-sixth of the land is arable and poor soil quality has led to the predominance of one crop – peanuts.

    This has made The Gambia heavily dependent on peanut exports – and a hostage to fluctuations in the production and world prices of the crop.

    Consequently, the country relies on foreign aid to fill gaps in its balance of payments.

    President Jammeh wants to turn The Gambia into an oil-producing state. He says this could usher in a “new future”. However, the country has yet to strike crude oil.

    The last line says it all – the guy’s a space cadet

  27. Roll on the rest of them….53 and were free of money worries…..

  28. Armin Irani 3 Oct 2013, 10:17pm

    sick silly man! homosexuality is very normal.

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