Nigeria’s Still Mullin’ The ‘Mos

All right, enough of that lovey dovey bullshit. There are bigger things going on in the world, like Nigeria’s public hearings on faggotry’s legalities. People are coming forward to the House of Representatives to voice their opinions on the place of homosexuality in Nigerian society.

As happens, religious institutions have come to support the bill. The Christian Association of Nigeria and The National Muslim Center have both condemned homosexuality as being antithetical to Nigerian society at large, a sentiment echoed by some politicians.

BBC News reports:

Parliamentary insiders say the bill is likely to be passed by both chambers of the Nigerian National Assembly by the end of March, he says.

Speaking at the session, Deputy Speaker Austin Opara said he did not want Nigerians to forget their “religious and cultural backgrounds”.

Okay, fair enough. But, of course, people could always adapt. It’s a wild concept, but we’re pretty sure you can handle it.

Not all the pols are like Opara, however. Human rights deputy chaiman Abdul Oroh seems to have some sense. He told his peers:

We should not be hypocritical here. I think we should deal with this subject dispassionately. While we are trying to protect morals and values, we must also remember to protect people’s rights even if they are a minority.

Um, okay. That “even if they are a minority” bit’s a little…well, worrisome. But it is better than “barbaric” or “a cancer on society”, like, The National Muslim center and Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola have said. Respectively, of course.

Gay rights activist Alimi Ademola’s voice may not be the loudest, but it certainly rings the most true. The leader of Independent Project Nigeria says,

The bill is going to seriously violate the rights of people. This bill is evil and should not be allowed to see that light of the day.

That’s the best use of the word evil we’ve heard in this roaring debate.

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