What appears to be an escalation of the gay rights debate in Liberia after the United States posed a direct threat to cut off aid to any African country that does not embrace gays has reached a troubling pinnacle last weekend as a group calling itself the Movement Against Gay’s in Liberia, or MOGAL has vowed to haunt down gays and their supporters.
According to the Associated Press, the anti-gay group distributed fliers over the weekend with a black list of people who support gay rights, with one member of the group vowing to “get to them one by one.”
Though no member of MOGAL affixed their signature on the fliers, Mr. Moses Tarplah, an associate to the group warned their threats should be taken seriously,”we will get to them one by one”, he warned. “They want to spoil our country.” Those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air,” the and further threatened that gays and their supporters could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, told the Associate Press the latest hit list should put pressure on President Ellen Johnson of Liberia to take a stance in support of gay rights. Simply refusing to sign the new anti-gay laws was insufficient, the director said.
The AP in a quote from Mr. David Bruce Wharton, deputy assistant secretary for public diplomacy in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, in a phone interview disclosed from Washington that the department was wary of being seen as “seeking to impose Western values on more conservative African societies.”
The anti-gay group warned in their fliers distributed in Liberia they commence taking action very soon, sounding a caveat,”let these individuals be aware that we are coming after them soon.”. “We urge them to also begin saying their Lord’s prayers.”
The latest hyper height in the rhetoric of gay rights in Liberia is fueled by the Obama administration new foreign aid policy centered on decriminalizing gay rights in Africa and threatened to cut off aid if African countries and others countries fail to recognize gay rights.
Since that policy Liberians have pushed back what they see as the United States and international community effort to force gay rights in Liberia through President Sirleaf government since she is worshiped abroad and using her country could serve as symbolic platform for gay rights to take hold in Africa being the first democratically elected President of an African nation and her Nobel Peace Prize she won last October which many Liberians considered as a slap in the face by the international community to the Liberian people considering how the President is the chief architect of the lost of over 350,000 lives of their fellow countrymen and the destruction of the country.
The Liberian leader being under tremendous pressure from the United States government and international community including many non-state actors who have pumped millions into the country to influence lawmakers to pass legislation to legalize gay rights being the darling of the west and the international community, finds herself between the rock and hard place.
The Liberian President finds herself caught flat-footed, where the rubber meets the road; how does President Sirleaf satisfy her international friends who made her who she is and while at the same time standing up for the values she believes in and her African womanhood, compounded by the disproportionate wave of backlash and push-back she will encounter, if all things considered, she decides to give a payback to her international friends at the expense of the wishes of the country.
President Sirleaf is in a very precarious situation where the international community can not do anything no matter what support, pressure given her or threats impose on her and the country. It may sound easy for the international community to use their leverage to pressure the Liberian leader to plant gay rights in her country but the reality is what the west sees as a cake walk, for Africa, Liberia, and African womanhood, it is a forbidding an African woman will ever do to recognize gay rights.
If President Sirleaf, an African woman bent on satisfying her international friends compromise her African and African womanhood, religious, and social values and subsequently recognizes gay rights, it will be tantamount to what African culture considers ” abomination”, an act which carries the punishment of being banished from the society for life.
The Liberian leader will loss her respect, African womanhood, and will not be able to deal with the disgrace and massive coordinated backlash that will collectively come from the religious, traditional, social, and political spectrum of the country, something which could force her to resign as President or be impeached.
The stakes are high and as such the west and President Sirleaf’s friends need to back off from this gay rights fight, it is a battle which does not worth fighting because from the onset, it is defeated and in the next hundred years, gay rights will never be accepted in Liberia; Liberians would rather choose to die with starvation or obliterated from the face of the earth than to accept gay rights in their country.
Gay rights can never be accepted in Liberia because that west African nation is very religious and grounded in strong African values which views man sleeping with-man and woman-sleeping with-woman as a curse which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, a sin which God detest and from the African tradition, it is an ‘abomination” their ancestors won’t take likely and would bring curse on the society.
Liberians believe that there are no Liberian gays but people from countries who are in the country fermenting an artificial gay right crisis which in reality does not exist only to give them license to practice and live their gay live in t the open since society frowns on it and crimes against ; they would then use it to corrupt the country and create a serious moral problem adding on the numerous problems in the country.
Giving their opinions on the gay debate in their country, Liberians agree that the one thing that will unite President Sirleaf and enemies is to resist any attempt by anyone or power to import gay rights in their country, they say , the President and her enemies will fight shoulder-to-shoulder, tooth-to-tooth to resist gay rights in their country.
There are pressing issues in Liberia which deserve serious attention, it is only unfortunate that President Obama who is an African will use aid and the power of his country to pierce the soul of African culture and values, and pressure African leaders and African womanhood to commit abomination, one Liberian said.
He should had consulted with Africans before coming up with his controversial aid policy, if the United States President does not back off from his gay importation to Africa, he will be alienated by his own African brothers and sisters, an analyst speaking on anonymity said.