Tamasin Ford and Bonnie Allen
March 19, 2012.
"The Nobel peace prize winner and president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has defended a law that criminalises homosexual acts, saying: "We like ourselves just the way we are."Read the rest here.
In a joint interview with Tony Blair, who was left looking visibly uncomfortable by her remarks, Sirleaf told the Guardian: "We've got certain traditional values in our society that we would like to preserve."
Liberian legislation classes "voluntary sodomy" as a misdemeanour punishable by up to one year in prison, but two new bills have been proposed that would target homosexuality with much tougher sentences.
Blair, on a visit to Liberia in his capacity as the founder of the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), a charity that aims to strengthen African governments, refused to comment on Sirleaf's remarks."
*****Comment: So being the first female president on the continent of Africa has not made Johnson Sirleaf any more sensitive to the plight of those who face similar patriarchal discrimination.
Being the poster-girl for the west it is hardly surprising that Blair looked uncomfortable. How will he explain to Mrs Clinton that their stooge is also a bigot?
I bet her comments have lost her a whole grip of friends particularly among white feminists in the west who just feted her sellout ass from the day she became the president of Liberia through her becoming a Nobel Peace laureate.
Now how can a Nobel Peace Prize laureate support the systematic oppression of homosexuals? In Norway it is a crime to discriminate against homosexuals?
If she is allowed to keep the prize does it not in effect mean that they are supporting institutionalized discrimination against gays?
I have never been impressed by this half-baked wannabe who is nothing more than an agent of the US and its allies.
Now she is also a known homophobic bigot and I am even less impressed.
And we are not free.
Update (March 20, 2012). Curt Rice gently pointed out my mistake to attribute the Nobel Peace Price to Sweden instead of Norway and left a link to an interesting post of his entitled "The Nobel Peace Prize's problem with women".
Curt is the Pro Rector for Research & Development at the University of Tromsø and writes on gender equality at his website.
Thank you kindly Curt.