The President of Zambia says LGBT supporters should go to hell

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A homophobia row has broken out following demands by world football governing body FIFA. The groups are trying to provide a set of rules which could prohibit discriminating people on the basis of their sexuality. But the deeply religious country Zambia tries to resist the rules the way it can. Church leaders, politicians and bosses at the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) are arguing against the rules. “Zambia is a Christian nation and any instructions from FIFA which will conflict with Christianity are not welcome,” former FAZ executive committee member Masha Chilemena said, “The FAZ cannot go against what is stipulated in the law of the land. If FIFA is to impose sanctions on Zambia, we will play in the local league.” Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who was re-elected last year, said: “Those advocating gay rights should go to hell… That issue is foreign to this country,” after the arrest of two Zambian gay men in 2013. He added that LGBT issue remains foreign and strange for a country.

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