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Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko says it's better to be a dictator than to be gay | News | National Post

MINSK -- The mercurial Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko lashed out Sunday at recent sanctions imposed by Europe over his rights record by saying he would rather be branded a dictator than be gay.

Lukashenko said in impromptu remarks at a mass ski event that the foreign ministers of Poland and Germany, who had spearheaded the diplomatic offensive against his government, were outsiders who deserved public scorn.

"One lives in Warsaw and the other in Berlin," Lukashenko said in apparent reference to Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

"As for the second one who was screaming about a dictatorship ... Having heard that, I thought to myself: better to be a dictator than gay."

Westerwelle is Germany's first openly gay minister.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:32:50 AM EST
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"As for the second one who was screaming about a dictatorship ... Having heard that, I thought to myself: better to be a dictator than gay."
Yeah, like Berlusconi's reaction over being embroiled in a teenage prostitution scandal... "better to like women than be gay!"

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:45:45 AM EST
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but what does that even mean ? It's a playground taunt entirely devoid of any value.

Better to be purple than yellow, better to be plastic instead of tin. Better to be a chicken instead of a telephone.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:59:51 AM EST
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It means "populist", "mercurial" or "colorful" "strongmen" find it easy to connect with their popular base through homophobic shibboleths.

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 10:03:46 AM EST
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Homophobia is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 10:07:30 AM EST
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as in... i may be crooked, but at least i'm straight!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 10:48:02 AM EST
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