Yesterday US National Security Adviser Susan Rice denounced Gambian President Yahya Jammeh who last week vowed to “slit the throats” of gay men, adding, “If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”
In October 2014 Jammeh signed a bill which makes homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.
“We condemn his comments, and note these threats come amid an alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation in The Gambia,” Rice said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned about credible reports of torture, suspicious disappearances – including of two American citizens – and arbitrary detention at the government’s hands.” Rice made the remarks in a statement one day before the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, saying the remarks from Gambia President Yahya Jammeh underscore the need for continued efforts “to seek a world in which no one lives in fear of violence or persecution because of who they are or whom they love.” Jemmeh, who’s been in power since 1994 and survived a coup attempt on December 30, issued a warning to gay men in the Wolof language during a recent rally in which he also threatened the political opposition, according to a translation of his remarks obtained by the international news agency Vice News.
The Office of Tourism for Gambia must be an awfully lonely place to work. And hopefully so will the Gambian office that receives Foreign Aid shortly.
Muslim cab drivers have walked off the job in Cleveland, Ohio rather than drive taxis with advertising for the Gay Games, which will take place there in August.
According to 19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy who spoke with about 20 cabbies at the airport who are still driving and all of them confirmed there are drivers who have walked off the job on protest.
Representatives of AmeriCab, one of the three cab companies on the job at the airport, also confirmed the protest but say only one of their drivers has been reassigned. We’re told at least 16-17 drivers who work for Ace Taxi, another company working out of the airport, are no longer driving. We went to Ace but were told they were too busy to talk to us. Yellow Cab, a third cab company at the airport, never returned our calls. Tom Nobbe, the executive director of the games, says he’s a bit disappointed. “When you look at what’s going on around the world it’s not a huge surprise. In some parts of the world LGBT folks are not very welcome,” said Tom Nobbe of the Gay Games.
I can’t wait to watch Matt Barber, Tony Perkins, Linda Harvey and the rest of The Bigot Bunch go out of their way to defend the rights of Muslims.
Maolana Moniruzzaman Rabbani, secretary of a committee that helps run the national mosque in Dhaka, said organizers would distribute 600 000 leaflets outlining Yunus’s statement against violence and opposing discrimination against gay people.
The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates in April 2012 following prosecutions of gay people in Uganda.
“We’ll hold a massive rally against Yunus in the capital on October 31,” said Rabbani, who is also secretary general of the Islamic Oikyajote political party, which claims to be allied with the government. “We have asked all Muslims to be united against Yunus’s move to destroy our family and society,” he said. Homosexuality is outlawed in Bangladesh.
A spokesperson for Yunus declined to comment because of the sensitivity of the issue. He is currently not in Bangladesh.
The campaign is the latest aimed at discrediting and attacking Yunus in Bangladesh. Yunus was fired in 2011 from Grameen Bank, the micro-credit pioneer he founded, after he angered the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by joining politics briefly.
According to local police chief Mohiuddin Mahmud scores of imams joined the rally in Comilla and demanded Yunus’s execution
Bangledesh one of the poorest countries in the world and is one of the biggest recipients of Euro-diaspora charity.
Two suspected terrorists were shot by armed police after attacking a pedestrian, believed to be a soldier, with a machete-style knife close to military barracks in whats being called an ‘Islamist attack’
Local MP Nick Raynsford said he had been told the man attacked in the street was a soldier serving at the Royal Artillery Barracks near the attack. Mr Raynsford said the soldier had been returning to the barracks after a day out when he was attacked. The BBC reported sources had told them the men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack and had filmed carrying it out.
The Telegraph reports that one of the killers approached a passing city bus and asked passengers if they wanted to take his photo and then ranted into a camera.
“But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America. They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.
If we are serious about upholding these ideals, it will not be enough to put more guards in front of an embassy, or to put out statements of regret and wait for the outrage to pass. If we are serious about these ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis — because we face a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes that we hold in common.
Today, we must reaffirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens — and not by his killers. Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.”
A “religious” Muslim man identified only as “Farhan Doe” is is suing the city of New York and the NYPD for not hiring him because of “religious bias” because he openly declared that homosexuals should be locked up.
The would-be cop from Brooklyn — identified only as “Farhan Doe” — is a Muslim-American who believes homosexuality is a sin as a matter of religious principal, according to the suit. Doe deserves to be in the NYPD, despite checking the “yes” box next to the question, “Do you believe that homosexuals should be locked up,” in 2009, when he applied, said his lawyer, Jerold Levine. When Doe — who works as an auxiliary cop in Brooklyn — applied to the Police Academy the next year, he’d softened his views, still believing homosexuality is a sin, but no longer believing gays should be arrested, Levine said. “They pro forma denied him again — saying he couldn’t possibly be a police officer,” the lawyer said. “The First Amendment is very clear, saying that you can’t discriminate against someone because they have a view you do not like,” he said.
If you can’t agree to serve ALL the public, you can’t be a public servant.
Religious freedom does not mean the right to make up your own laws and it does not give you the right to hate.
Recently their was a case in the news about a doctor claiming “religious freedom” for refusing to artificially inseminate a lesbian. Well, just as a police officer, a doctor has no religious freedom in their work. For any job, you can be fired (or not hired) if you refuse to do the work.
French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo’s executive offices were firebombed last week after the release of an issue “guest edited” by the one and only Muhammed himself. (“100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”)
Shortly after the firebombing Charlie Hebdo’s website was taken over by a Turkish hackers group, who left the threatening message “You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech…Be God’s Curse On You! We Will be Your Curse on Cyber World!”
The editor of Charlie Hebdo, Stéphane Charbonnier, said at the time: “We thought the lines had moved and maybe there would be more respect for our satirical work, our right to mock. Freedom to have a good laugh is as important as freedom of speech.”
But the whole firebombing incident didn’t stop Charlie Hebdo from getting its next issue out this time featuring Muhammed in a big ole mano a mano kiss with Charlie Hebdro itself with a caption reading: L’Amour plus fort que la haine (“Love is stronger than hate.”) in retaliation.
Derek Fenton, the idiot who ripped out pages of the Koran and burned them during the 9/11 protest (which was caught on video and posted on YouTube) at Ground Zero has been canned by his employer, NJ Transit.
NJ Transit said that Derek Fenton’s “public actions” violated its code of ethics and that he “violated his trust as a state employee.” It was not clear that Fenton was terminated because of his actions on Saturday. The NJ Transit statement indicated that he was fired on Monday.In response to questions from NewsCore Tuesday, NJ Transit released a statement saying: “Derek Fenton was terminated on September 13, 2010 from his employment at NJ TRANSIT. An at-will employee, Mr. Fenton’s public actions violated New Jersey Transit’s code of ethics.” It continued: “NJ TRANSIT concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore was dismissed.”