Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (b. 1965) "defended Gambian laws banning homosexual behavior in comments to the country’s National Assembly last Friday" (April 27, 2012):
“If you want us to be ungodly for you to give us aid, take your aid away, we will survive,” said Jammeh,...
“We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation.”
Acceptance of homosexual acts would compromise the nation’s dignity and “insult God,” he said. The country is predominately Muslim, but is also home to many Christians. He noted that Gambia had lost many of its traditional practices to the influence of western culture, but said that this was an issue where the country would stand firm.
“We lost our traditional head scarf for a necktie, but we will not lose our humanity for the so-called human rights,” he said.
“We will respect human rights where a human being behaves like a human being.” He added: “Let me make it very clear that if you want me to offend God for you to give me aid, you are making a great mistake. You will not bribe me to do what is evil and ungodly.”