Global Village: Anti-gay law signed by Nigerian leader

It’s a sad day for the LGBTQ community in Nigeria: the president of that country has signed an anti-gay bill that, according to a Reuters report, “contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership of gay rights groups.”

No doubt, certain American evangelicals who have spread their homophobia in African nations are jumping for joy over the news, but the law is an example of Christian fundamentalism run amok.

– Jillian

3 thoughts on “Global Village: Anti-gay law signed by Nigerian leader

  1. I think Victorian British homophobic missionaries probably started the Africans off down this slippery slope, unfortunately.

    It comes as something of a conundrum to me that someone that I know as a “really nice bloke”, Henry Orombi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Luke_Orombi) [who once watched “The Lion King” in my lounge after Sunday lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed it] has been reported as being vehemently anti-gay (http://changingattitude.org.uk/archives/5642). It only goes to show that you can share your home, and share a meal, with someone without knowing everything about them.

    To turn the evangelicals’ quote back on them, I would say it is a case of “hate the sin, but love the sinner”. It is a shame that these folk can try so hard yet get it so wrong.

    I used to consider myself an evangelical Christian (but thankfully I saw through that self-delusion over a decade ago and am quite recovered, thank you) so at least I feel I can say I have some understanding of where they are coming from, but their judgemental (literally “holier than thou”) attitudes do them no favours with the rational world.

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  2. Supposed to be a growing nation rising in the world. Not a good sign if it is a nation of fundamentalist bigots we have to deal with…

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