Namibia Leader Orders Homosexuals Deported

WINDHOEK, Namibia, MAR. 22, 2001 .- President Sam Nujoma of Namibia has ordered police to arrest and deport all homosexuals, arguing that the country´s constitution does not allow homosexuality.

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“The Republic of Namibia does not authorize either homosexuality or lesbianism,” Nujoma said Wednesday at the University of Namibia. “The police have been given the order to arrest, imprison, and deport them.” The president criticized the “foreign influences” on youth and said that alcoholism is the cause of promiscuity, which spreads AIDS. This southern African nation has 1.7 million people.

Nujoma´s measure is not in line with Catholic teaching. No. 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that persons who have homosexual inclinations must be “accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” The Church teaches that the inclination to homosexuality is not immoral in itself, but only its practice.

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