US bigot misrepresents Zambia’s row with US over LGBT rights

US bigot misrepresents Zambia’s row with US over LGBT rights January 8, 2020

TONY Perkins, above, of the hate group The Family Research Council, and many of his cronies, were not a happy bunnies when the Trump administration last February announced a global push to decriminalise homosexuality.

Perkins, who supported Uganda’s proposed “Kill the Gays” bill in 2010, wrote in a blog post:

There’s just one problem … it doesn’t seem that President Trump – or anyone else in the administration – authorised this ‘campaign.’

The imbecile, a “faith adviser” to the President, was left with egg all over his face when, in September of 2019, Trump himself said in a speech to the United Nations:

My administration is working with other nations to stop criminalizing of homosexuality. And we stand in solidarity with LGBT people who live in countries that punish, jail and execute people based upon sexual orientation.

US ambassador Daniel Foote and Zambian President Edward Lungu. Images via YouTube.

Not long after, a row broke in Zambia when the US ambassor to that African country, Daniel Foote, expressed his horror over a 15-year jail sentence imposed on a gay couple.

This incurred the wrath of Zambian President Edward Lungu, who said that homosexuality is “unbiblical and unChristian,” and he would no longer work with Foote. The US administration then announced that Foote would be withdrawn.

Perkins is now twisting that withdrawal to serve his own homophobic agenda by suggesting that Foote was recalled because:

While America respects everyone, it won’t promote values that are inconsistent with what this president stands for.

He claimed that Foote has insulted Zambia LGBT policies and judicial system.

Recalling Foote is the right move when he has broken trust with his hosts and can no longer effectively serve as our representative overseas.

No, Mr Perkins, NO!

The real reason for the withdrawal is that Zambia is not only homophobic but corrupt, and that Foote was being stonewalled in his efforts to improve the relationship between America and Zambia.

In a “scathing” statement made by Foote on December 2 the ambassador slammed those in the conservative Christian country who compare homosexuality to bestiality and said he was shocked by the “venom and hate” he received for criticising the sentencing of two men to 15 years in jail for being in a gay relationship.

Foote further blasted Zambian government officials for “stealing millions of dollars in public funds,” which the Zambian government has denied.

Noting that the US provides “$500 million in annual American, debt-free support to the Zambian people”, Foote said:

The current government of Zambia wants foreign diplomats to be compliant, with open pocketbooks and closed mouths.

A career foreign service member, Foote was appointed US Ambassador to Zambia in November of 2017.

Foote wrote in his letter that he had not succeeded in significantly improving relations with Zambia.

In my two years, I have strived to improve the U.S.-Zambia partnership, with minimal success. Let us stop the façade that our governments enjoy ‘warm and cordial’ relations. The current government of Zambia wants foreign diplomats to be compliant, with open pocketbooks and closed mouths.

A State Department spokesperson said in a statement the department was:

Dismayed by the Zambian government’s statement that Ambassador Foote’s position ‘is no longer tenable’, which we consider to be the equivalent of a declaration that the Ambassador is Persona Non Grata … The United States firmly opposes abuses against LGBTI persons.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • Tawreos

    While America respects everyone, it won’t promote values that are inconsistent with what this president stands for.

    The president only stands for enriching and aggrandizing himself. America is supposed to be about more than that.

  • Martha Anne Underwood

    Foote courageously stood up for LGBTQI persons in Zambia. I am saddened to learn he is no longer ambassador to Zambia. I think we need to withdraw aid from Zambia.

    I am a little confused. Why does Trump want countries to decriminalize homosexuality while at home he wants to make executive orders that legally discriminate against LGBTQI persons in jobs, housing, and denial of services. He may not want them to go to jail; however, denying them rights straight people have is just as damaging.

  • Raging Bee

    Trump doesn’t care about gays anywhere. He’s just saying whatever he thinks he has to say to get people to do what he wants. Truth or falsehood are irrelevant.

  • Barry Duke
  • Martha Anne Underwood

    Thanks for your response. You are right. My question was more rhetorical than a question. Because of the discriminatory way Trump treats LGBTQI persons in the US, his saying he wants the world to decriminalize homosexuality is a lie. Trump wouldn’t know the truth if he fell over it. I was also trying to say that Trump’s discrimination of LGBTQI here is just as damaging as throwing them in jail.

  • Mutale

    As as a zambian i agree the country is very intolerant of lgbt people as well unlike yhe us there is no free speech where u could insult the president and nothing happens u do that u go to jail.

  • Daniel De Kok

    In whose alternate universe is the FRC a hate group?

  • CoastalMaineBird

    See that underline under the words? That means that it’s a link. Click on it to get more info.

  • WallofSleep

    “Sons of Janus” would make a great name for a doom metal band.

  • WallofSleep

    In this reality, this universe, FRC is most certainly a hate group.

  • Danny De Jayeff

    Or just the entire Trump administration.

  • Danny De Jayeff

    Maybe you meant to say “In whose alternate universe is the FRC NOT a hate group?”
    And I have the answer to that, but I don’t think you’ll like it.

  • WallofSleep

    Or the entirety of white, evangelical America.

  • Arthur F. Meincke

    More religious nonsense and government pandering. Bigotry and racism supported by the USA and the Corrupt President of Zambia.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Citation needed, you lying snowflake.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    I take it that you either have never paid attention to their words and actions, or you approve of them, and don’t consider them a problem.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Delusional snowflake crybaby.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Can’t handle the truth, loser?

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Still no citation, lying snowflake. You pulled that straight from your @$$.