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Gambian president says ‘anti-Allah’ homosexuality becoming epidemic

- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 29, 2013

The president of Gambia listed homosexuality as one of the biggest threats to human existence in a shocking address to the U.N. General Assembly last week.

"Those who promote homosexuality want to put an end to human existence," Gambian President Yahya Jammeh told the gathering of world leaders in New York, according to The Huffington Post. "It is becoming an epidemic and we Muslims and Africans will fight to end this behavior."

"Homosexuality in all its forms and manifestations which, though very evil, anti-human as well as anti-Allah, is being promoted as a human right by some powers," he continued. "The Gambia is a country of believers ... sinful and immoral practices [such] as homosexuality will not be tolerated in this country."

Mr. Jammeh previously told homosexuals to leave the country or he would "cut off the head" of those who disobeyed. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Gambia.

In 2009, Mr. Jammeh told newly promoted army chiefs: "We will not encourage lesbianism and homosexuality in the military. It is a taboo in our armed forces. I will sack any soldier suspected of being a gay or lesbian in The Gambia. We need no gays in our armed forces."

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