The usual suspects have their knickers in a twist about the fact that PM Harper declined to speak at this week's annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, sniffing that he's denying Canada a "place at the table". Some table! Also addressing the UN today was His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya J.J. Jameh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, who took the podium to warn the world that one of the three greatest threats to human existence was homosexuality. The Sheikh Professor Doctor President solemnly intoned that homosexuality was one of three "ungodly attributes" that threatened to destroy the world (the other two being greed and obsession with world domination).
Here's the relevant excerpt from Sheikh Professor Doctor President Jameh's speech:
The biggest threats to human existence are basically three and are a consequence of human behaviour which are ungodly attributes. These are:
1. Excessive greed, and; therefore addiction to gather material wealth by any means necessary mostly through violent or immoral schemes;
2. Obsession with world domination by any means including the resolve to use nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to achieve this fanciful dream;
3. Homosexuality in all its forms and manifestations which though very evil, antihuman as well as anti-Allah; is being promoted as a human right by some powers.
All these three have nothing to do with climate change and are more deadly than all natural disasters put together.
For the third [threat]; we know for a fact that all living things need to reproduce for posterity. They become extinct when they can no longer reproduce. Therefore, you will all agree with me that any person promoting the end of human reproduction must be promoting human extinction. Could this be called promoting human rights when you advocate for a definitive end to human reproduction and procreation? Those who promote homosexuality want to put an end to human existence, it is becoming an epidemic and we Muslims and Africans will fight to end this behaviour. We want a brighter future for humanity and the continuous existence of humanity on this planet, therefore we will never tolerate any agenda that clearly calls for human extinction.
President Sheikh Professor Doctor Jameh, by the way, is determined to eradicate homosexuality from the Republic of the Gambia. In 2008 he ordered homosexuals to leave the country or face beheading (he later retracted that policy, saying he only wanted them to leave the country). "Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights. We will not allow gays here," said His Excellency. He also believes that he can cure AIDS with bananas and an herbal body rub, which sounds a little gay if you ask me. In Gambia, incidentally, a homosexual act can be punished by 14 years in prison.
Paul Dewar, the NDP's Foreign Affairs Critic, slammed Harper's no-show in an article in Tuesday's Globe and Mail:
For the second year in a row, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in New York during the opening ceremonies of the United Nations General Assembly, but will not be joining other heads of government in speaking to the representatives of the world.
It’s embarrassing that the Prime Minister apparently can’t be bothered to show up, stand up, and speak up on behalf of Canada. Sadly, this fits into a pattern of disengagement and withdrawal from the international community – a pattern that has weakened Canada’s reputation and influence abroad. By abandoning the hard work of diplomacy in favour of isolationist grandstanding, the government is harming the very foreign policy goals that it seeks to achieve.It may be embarrassing to Paul Dewar and his fellow travellers, but I'm pretty happy that Harper didn't dignify that gong show of half-wits and psychopaths with his presence. Keep it up, Prime Minister.