Rally against gays in Haiti includes death threats

“We’ll kill them, we’ll destroy them because we don’t need that in our country.” 

By Cathy Kristofferson, July 19, 2013

Thony Belizaire / AFP/Getty Images
Thony Belizaire / AFP/Getty Images

Wednesday we posted about religious groups, under the umbrella of the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations,  planning to march against homosexuality. Today over 1,000 people took part in that Port-au-Prince demonstration.

The protesters, urging lawmakers not to pass equal marriage legislation, marched carrying anti-gay signs while chanting songs. One song threatened to burn down the Haitian Parliament if its members make gay marriage legal.

“I believe in God, and God condemns homosexuality,” said protester Eddy Jean-Pierre, a self-described Protestant. “Haiti is not going to accept this, and God will punish us further if we allow this law to pass.”

servoieWhipping crowds into a frenzy is never a good thing.  The small and typically low-profile LGBT community had put out press statements urging restraint.  Those call for restraint went unheeded.

Video is now surfacing of threats to kill gays:

Q: If gay people continue to exercise their rights what are we going to do?

A: We’ll kill them, we’ll destroy them because we don’t need that in our country.

We don’t want the question of gay people/homosexuals we want a man and a woman. Gay people will curse our country and we already have curses.

We will continue to watch this dangerous situation.

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4 thoughts on “Rally against gays in Haiti includes death threats

  1. Haitian homophobs, like all homophobs, need to be educated. Those who are Christian need to be reminded that Christ never condemned gays and his message was one of love not hate. Whether religious or not, all homophobs need to learn that gay rights do not threaten them and the granting of gay marriage does not affect straight marriage.

    1. well, good luck with that. Prejudice does not derive from religion, religion merely reinforces existing prejudices. If people are intent on spewing hate, they will look for any justification they can and they will find it so I don’t hold out much hope for “education” and dialogue with haters.

      1. Partly correct – Many religious extremists have preached prejudice and those may not otherwise have felt the prejudice have embraced it as a result of such preaching.

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