Liberian Group Threatens To Track Down And Kill LGBT People, “One By One”

Over the weekend in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, a group called the Movement Against Gays In Liberia distributed a hit list with the names of gay activists and those who support gay rights.

Reports the AP:

The fliers distributed over the weekend in parts of Liberia’s capital were signed by the Movement Against Gay’s [sic] in Liberia, or MOGAL [how does that acronym correspond?]. The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”

“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”

While it’s not an open death threat, it’s pretty clear that they want to track down and kill gay people one by one. And their vagueness about the methods (“all means in life”) leaves room for other terrible punishments, including torture and “corrective rape.” And apparently they have the support of the community:

No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.

“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”

Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”

A relative of one of those targeted, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said the person on the list already had received threatening phone calls.

Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that she will not sign any law decriminalizing homosexuality–Liberia’s current one puts you in jail for up to a year if you’re found guilty of gay sex acts, and lawmakers have tried to push the penalty up to ten years.

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  • Bob

    Are we sending aid to this piece of garbage country? We probably are since this country was founded by former American slaves. Why are our tax dollars continuing to go to these African countries that condone the killing of innocent gay people? If they were killing Jews or Asians or disabled people..etc. our country would be in an uproar. But as usual, killing gay people does not matter to most people in the USA. I just wonder what our president would do if it was a country with a mostly white population killing blacks?

  • the crustybastard

    They’re not a Liberian group — they’re a CHRISTIAN group, which I’m sure will come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention to gay-rights issues.

    WAPO reports: “The flier distributed in Liberia warned that the group would begin taking action shortly. ‘Let these individuals be aware that we are coming after them soon,’ the flier reads. ‘We urge them to also begin saying their Lord’s prayers.'” FROM: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/anti-gay-group-in-liberia-issues-hit-list-threatens-to-get-to-them-one-by-one/2012/04/03/gIQA8UVwsS_story.html

    I expect the self-appointed “good Christians” to show up and explain yet again why this — and the hundreds of thousands of similar examples — do not in any way represent “true Christianity.” If you can delude yourself with the No True Scotsman fallacy, congratulations! You’re a simpleton.

    So preemptively: yes, this is Christianity — The Religion of Love.™ This is what Christians overwhelmingly believe and want, and being viciously antigay is indeed Christianity’s default setting, and it has been the case since about 15 minutes after religious hypocrites got Jesus executed.

    If you don’t want to be associated with this shit, you really ought to consider calling yourself something else.

    Good luck.

  • Lumi Bast (@nugoyxi)

    Ugh so sad. Despite what the average Christian might say, this is what their God is really like. My heart goes out to the LGB citizens of Liberia and I really hope you can get asylum somewhere. Every first world country needs to stop sending aid to Liberia and other anti gay (and anti female but that’s another story) countries now.

  • Kev C

    “We will get to them one by one. They want to spoil our country.”

    Liberia is one of the worst countries on the face of the earth. I’m pretty sure gays aren’t going to spoil it.

  • TomMc

    Does this mean I’ll have to BUY my books then?

  • Danny

    Yes, let’s quote the bible… particularly the story where God sends an angellic male couple to a region and when the citizens attack the male couple, the entire region is obliterated from the face of the Earth for showing inhospitality to the male couple (even Jesus said the punishment was for showing inhospitality to the male couple). If God brought an end to homophobic regions, isn’t that required of all homophobic regions – shouldn’t everyone work to end homophobic regions. Why should only anti-gay people get to declare their interpretations of bible stories?

  • Parson Thwackum

    Remember this next time Jon Stewart has that cunt on his show. Idiot Model UN alums in the West love pre-packaged Oprah’s Book Club selections about African women making peace in their countries, and they don’t care to dig deep and find out what skeletons of corruption, tribal politics, or gay-bashing might be in their closet.

  • sheena

    @Lumi Bast (@nugoyxi): its called lgbt momma LGBT DONT SEGREGATE…go read books

  • m

    nut jobs just shooting of their big mouths

  • the crustybastard


    Read the story: God was determined to destroy Sodom BEFORE the angels were dispatched to Lot’s house. They were there to assist Lot because he was the only “righteous man” in the city. So even assuming there was some attempted same-sex [email protected], that was not the cause of God’s judgment.

    Righteous Lot, meanwhile, offers his daughters as [email protected] bait, and shortly after his wife is mineralized by God, he gets drunk and impregnates his daughters on sequential evenings.

    Naturally, the Bible blames the daughters, which is not terribly surprising because every father-daughter ince5t case I ever encountered he insisted, “really, she [email protected] me.” Yeah, sure. It’s common knowledge that innocent girls can’t control themselves sexually around their drunk old relatives. Ugh.

    Regardless, God thinks incestuous drunks are “righteous,” and Christians think the takeaway message here is that God hates [email protected]


    [* I’ve self-censored for delicate sensibilities, since I’m constantly being autoflagged now.]

  • the crustybastard

    Well, that didn’t work. Auto-flagged again?

  • Fiesty

    Come and get me

  • Yaya

    No one tells you Americans how to live so what gives you the right to tell others how to run there societies? Aid? What you pay in Aid is garbage compared to what your Ancestors did to that continent,the rewards which you have gotten super sized on. We don’t need your aid incase you missed it you are broke China is the big dog you now you daft idiot yanks

  • B

    No. 11 · Yaya wrote, “No one tells you Americans how to live so what gives you the right to tell others how to run there societies? Aid? What you pay in Aid is garbage compared to what your Ancestors did to that continent …”

    Sigh. Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_slave_trade , specifically, “The slave traders were, in order of scale: the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Spanish, the Dutch, and Americans.” While they sent many slaves to the U.S., it was primarily a European affair with regard to what happened in Africa, and the slave traders purchased slaves from African tribal leaders. The main American contribution was in being the slave traders’ customers. The worst treatment of slaves occurred in Africa itself where, in some areas, slaves would be killed in large numbers in ritual sacrifices. In other parts of Africa, slaves were treated much better, almost as members of a family. In America, they were usually cared for due to their cost (the treatment has been compared to how livestock are cared for, so this is not exactly a high point of U.S. history).

    But then, quite a few Americans have ancestors who were on the anti-slavery side in the U.S. Civil War.

  • Yaya

    @B are the Caucassian Americans not descendants of Europeans?

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