No Ousmane Sonko, Senegal does not tolerate homosexuality! By Coumba Ndoffène Diouf, journalist)

No Ousmane Sonko, Senegal does not tolerate homosexuality! By Coumba Ndoffène Diouf, journalist)
No Ousmane Sonko, Senegal does not tolerate homosexuality! By Coumba Ndoffène Diouf, journalist)

Since Thursday I have been looking for how to explain, interpret, and understand your “tolerance” on homosexuality by Senegal, but I cannot find it. I think I’ll never find myself again because it’s about wanting to tolerate the intolerable. Your response to Jean-Luc Mélenchon was impeccable and up to par, until you uttered the word TOLERATE.

Tolerate means: to allow something even though it does not comply with the regulations, the statute, the law. Not only is homosexuality not in compliance with Senegalese law which condemns the unnatural act (sexual act between two people of the same sex) to a prison sentence ranging from one to five years and a fine of 100,000 to 1,500,000 CFA francs, in article 319 (3). But also Senegalese society categorically rejects homosexuality and religions have banned it. Those who practice it do not dare to appear publicly at the risk of being lynched to death.

Furthermore, if homosexuality were tolerated in our country, American President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not have come to advocate for the freedom of homosexuals.

To say that the LGBTQ phenomenon is tolerated in Senegal is like making a concession to your official guest (Jean Luc Mélenchon) who fiercely defends this cause. Many also think that you should have reminded him of your commitment to criminalizing homosexuality, which you held publicly while you were an opponent.

Dear Ousmane, this statement is a serious error, it is even an attack on the major values ​​of Senegalese society. Especially since it comes from an authority of your political leader station, Prime Minister of the government of Senegal.

We hope that you are aware of the seriousness of the matter and that you make the appropriate correction without delay.

Coumba Ndoffène DIOUF, Senegalese citizen, journalist

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