Thursday, January 18, 2007

Repression at its Worst

Nigeria is voting on the most harshest form of anti-gay legislation ever. The bill has advanced to the final hurdle, Nigeria's Parliament, and is expected to pass. The bill will make it illegal for more than 2 gay people to be even in the same establishment at the same time. The penalty is 5 years of hard labor in prison.

You can go here to read the whole story.

And what do they think this will accomplish? Perhaps God will spare them from famine and hell. The hell and spiritual famine they are about to impose on its citizens will be the very thing they are hoping to avoid from God. Such can be a Christian mindset--let's mete out punishment of our own to avoid punishment from God. It's almost like the justification for having a death penalty: if we kill the killers, perhaps other killers will stop killing. And as we all know, that doesn't happen--killers continue killing. And gay folks will continue being gay folks.

In a weird way, the likes of evangelical conservatives and biblical literalists aren't so far from Nigeria and the Anglican Church there. If Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell could have their way, these same laws could be made here in the U.S.A. And don't be surprised if someone isn't already thinking of a way to do just that.

1 comment:

Joe G. said...

In a weird way, the likes of evangelical conservatives and biblical literalists aren't so far from Nigeria and the Anglican Church there. If Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell could have their way, these same laws could be made here in the U.S.A. And don't be surprised if someone isn't already thinking of a way to do just that.

My thoughts exactly. It's a slippery slope where laws such as homosexuality is illegal are a reality.