Homophobic Attacks on Candomblé

Hate mongers have had quite a busy week.  A terreiro in Rio Branco  (Acre state) was vandalized with the phrases, “Let’s kill the gays,” and “God hates gays.”  Babalorisa Germano Marino is certain that his neighbors aren’t responsible for the crime, stating that he’s been there since 1999 and gets along with everyone.  Between March and June, four homosexuals have been murdered in Rio Branco; Pai Germano thinks the criminals are riding the coat tails of the anti-gay sentiment in the community, but feels secure in the support from his neighbors and friends.