Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Quack of Gambia Strikes Again
Just what poor suffering Africa needs. Another crazy dictator who thinks he's a Voodoo God. Another raving homophobe.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he will “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country.
Jammeh also ordered any hotel or motel housing homosexuals to close down, adding that owners of such facilities would also be in trouble.
I would say I'm surprised and shocked. But this is Africa after all...where homophobia is a colonial value suppurating in a stew of dirty religion.
And this genocidal goon has already got quite a reputation as the Quack of Gambia.
A few weeks ago, Jammeh summoned his followers and a few ambassadors, dignitaries and TV reporters to announce in a garbled address that, having made some fantastic discoveries, he is now capable of curing AIDS (as well as asthma). The president admitted to his astonished audience that the therapies still had a few limitations -- he could only cure AIDS on Thursdays. Asthma, on the other hand, could be treated only on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dressed in white from head to toe, the head of state stands before his patients, mumbling prayers and waving the Koran. Then Jammeh rubs green glop on their skin, sprinkles them with gray liquid from an old Evian bottle and gives them something yellow to drink. Bananas -- administered orally -- round off the treatment. After repeating the procedure for several weeks, he proclaims the patients healed. All of them. Without exception.
Some members of Gambia's parliament are cautiously voicing concern that the president may be insane. Doing all he can to confirm this impression, the self-styled AIDS healer is now claiming to have discovered his fortune-telling skills. He claims to be able to predict a person's moment of death, after a single look in their eyes.
Oh well...at least the bananas were administered orally. And we don't have wonder anymore whether this brutish witchdoctor is crazy or not.
Just try to decide whether he should be locked up in a mental hospital...or in a cage at the zoo.
But that still leave me with two questions.
One...are all homophobes and religious hatemongers sickos .... or just most of them?
And two....when is somebody going to come up with a vaccine against religion? Or a cure for homophobia?
Because the world needs them desperately...