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  1. If a country were imprisoning people because they were nigerian, the majoirty of World Powers would sanction them until they stopped.

    Why then can any country – not just nigeria, but all the others, treat us like dogs, and the rest of the World do nothing about it? Even worse, we sell them weapons and give some of them taxpayers money.

    1. Oil !

    2. Well at least you can take some solace (hah) in the fact that women are treated like garbage in a lot of these countries too, along with religious minorities.

  2. Horrendous. Sickening.

    And we can be sure that this news has been greeted with satisfaction by those in France, in the UK, and in the USA, and elsewhere, who have been so vociferous in protesting against allowing homosexual people to get married.

    So before we condemn Nigerians for this appalling legislation, let’s remember we have a considerable number of people here in this land who entirely agree with it, and they’re British, not Nigerian.

  3. Well this is utterly appalling.

    Once again religious intolerance rears its ugly head. Any country in the world that has come into contact with the Abrahamic faiths has persecuted LGBT people, I don’t think there has been any exception. Africa seems to be under the oppressive reign of religious fundamentalism and hysteria right now, it’s alarming.

    I can only imagine how the bigots here are quietly cheering over this.

  4. Lord Carey and Gerald Haworth would be voting if such a Bill came before our legislature- I am sure……..

  5. The Charter of the Commonwealth states that “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds” and “We support the role of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to address promptly and effectively all instances of serious or persistent violations of Commonwealth values without any fear or favour”.

    As it is clearly breaking the rules, the CMAG should expel Nigeria from the Commonwealth.

  6. I hope that Frigide Barjot sent her best wishes to Nigeria’s House of Representatives. ^^

  7. And this will not stop, sadly, because, however forcefully we push for equal rights and make headway with equal marriage, the LGBT community as a whole has no balls. Let me explain : we are the ONLY oppressed/insulted/discriminated upon community that doesn’t fight back. Being outraged, signing petitions, lobbying and voicing outrage is NOT fighting back. Unlike the black and jewish communities we still haven’t learned that sometimes we must take matters into our hands and reply in kind to hate mongers. Organise effective boycotts , threaten countries and individuals who cross the line and in some instances put our fists where our mouths are. But unfortunately all we are brilliant at is shopping, clubbing, bitching and hoping for others to fight our fights.

    1. Commander Thor 30 May 2013, 9:13pm

      Blue, I would like to help. May I join your organisation please? How can I contact you?

      Misquotation alert: this poster does not condone physical violence, but will support all means of economic/cultural boycott.

    2. Are you seriously advocating gay vigilante groups? Don’t forget that within living memory, homosexuality was a crime in this country, we have come a long way since then and that has all been down to the hard work and sacrifice of countless individuals who did not resort to threats or (implied or actual) violence.
      Boycotting on the other hand, I agree is something we should do as part of an organised and vocal campaign, along with lobbying our governments to instigate sanctions (via the UN as well as the Common Wealth) and to ensure that the message of equality (including but not limited to sexuality) is expounded abroad as well as at home.

  8. And just so you know the predominant religion in countries….

    where homosexuality is legal….
    christian – 129
    muslim – 17
    other – 20

    where homosexuality is illegal….
    christian – 38
    muslim – 38
    other – 5

    where homosexuality is punishable by death –
    christian – 0
    muslim – 7
    other – 0

    which have marriage equality –
    christian -13
    muslim – 0
    other – 0

    1. In nearly all of the countries where equal marriage is legal church attendance is falling and secularism is gaining momentum, they are becoming less and less Christian every year. What it proves is that once countries start to throw off the shackles of religion they begin to become more tolerant. Well the Abrahamic faiths anyway.

      1. Secular is not the same as being athiest or agnostic.
        Otherwise agree with your point.

        1. I know the difference between atheism, agnosticism and secularism, but what I’m saying is that church attendance is falling in these countries. Actually in many of these countries atheism and agnosticism is growing too.

          When people stop attending church you know that more and more people are becoming fence-sitters when it comes to religion. Most people in Britain say they are Church of England merely out of tradition because most people don’t actually follow religion at all, except for births, marriages and deaths of course. If anything people turn up to church so that they can get pissed at the wedding reception or the funeral wake afterwards.

    2. GingerlyColors 31 May 2013, 11:16am

      It is also worthwhile pointing out that most of these countries are in the British Commonwealth and Glasgow will be welcoming them to the Commonwealth Games next year.

      1. And what is the origin of the Commonwealth Gingerly?

        Oh that’s right, land theft.

  9. Christian Institute is probably printing this story out and rubbing the pages against their naked groins.

  10. I hope the Ministers for International Development, Foreign Office and Defence etc are already compiling a comprehensive list of all their aid to this country – so that if and when it is signed into law all such aid can cease immediately.

    Despite promises from Cameron and co. I’ll believe it only when I see it.

  11. The implications for Nigerian society if this law goes into effect are horrendeous –
    It has not been signed by the President yet and he has good reason not to sign it , firstly it is contrary to more than one article of the Nigerian constitution, it is against the commonwealth charter and other international treaty obligations. It would be regarded as against the international UN Charter of Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity.
    Not that any of these things have stopped governments doing horrific things in the past.
    If this law should come into effect, I believe that Nigeria should be suspended from the Commonwealth forthwith and all EU and western countries should call in their Nigerian ambassador for a talking to, as a start.
    One of the common questions that is asked if you go to STD clinic in THIS country is have you had any sex with anyone from W Africa often in particular, Nigeria, sexually transmitted disease is rampant in this country, This will make HIV treatment far worse.

  12. Fundamentalism is thriving in the most primitive countries in the World and fading rapidly in the most advanced ones. But then again, if there were to come a global financial collapse, Fundamentalism would grow where it is currently fading. It is all about wielding power over the down trodden and disadvantaged. All in the supposed name of God. True spiritual loving Christianity is not like this at all.

    1. True spiritual loving Christianity is not like this at all.

      Agree Charles, unfortunately not many professed Christians are spiritual and loving, there are to be sure a few exceptional exceptions.

    2. “Fundamentalism is thriving in the most primitive countries in the World and fading rapidly in the most advanced ones.”

      Who exported the oppressiveness of Christianity to these African countries (apart from Ethiopia which was Christian even before most of Europe)? Europeans did this through missionaries, forced conversion and subjugation. People could argue that “well that was a long time ago, we’ve changed so should they.” Britain and France still had colonies in Africa 50 years ago, so did many other countries, that’s within living memory. Should we be so surprised that these countries lag so far behind Europe in terms of LGBT rights? I like the use of the world “primitive” it’s very colonial and rather apt.

      If Africa gets its act together and matches Europe in 50 years it would have progressed the equivalent of 200 years in that time, it’s not going to happen though is it?

      I guess this is what happens when you carve up a whole continent for your own gain.

      1. The biggest problem in Africa (and a lot of other places ) is lack of education generally and specifically the education that is provided is by/from religious sources and institutions eg. the catholic church. The non-education of girls and even where that does take place it is to a lower standard and to a lower age and attainment.
        The most impact above all other aid provided to African countries would be funding for basic and excellence
        education centres providing a secular and humanist education and ensuring those are available to girls and young women. Most of these societies are extremely misogynist which is also at the root of homophobia, bolstered by the Abrahamic religions.
        Whilst opposing the blatant persecution of gays and oppression of women, we need to look to the root of that process and move to counter this in the longer term.
        Humanist and secular organisations need to start to ensure that aid is NOT provided by religion based organisations as proxies, who indoctrinate

      2. I agree with you Chris vis-a-vis the export of christianity to African nations by European (and in more recent decades also American) missionaries but it is also worth mentioning the export of fundamentalist islamism from the middle east into Africa. Nigeria’s islam-worshipping population is even bigger than its christian portion and they are even more rabidly gay-hating with all the hideous trappings of sharia law and the death penalty for gay people in the northern states of Nigeria. And now much of Africa is being carved up by the Chinese for their economic gain. And with the huge immigration from Africa back to Europe in the last 20 years those vehemently homophobic views are being imported here.

  13. This is SICKENING! WOW! My Philippine government should cut ties to this ignorant government of Nigeria! I can’t believe this is happening in 2013. What a tragic day for all humanity!

  14. Christopher in Canada 31 May 2013, 4:02am

    I wonder that the Africans are doing this partly out of the wish to spite the Caucasian world for slavery… omitting the fact that Arabs and Asians also had slaves, as did indigenous Americans…

    a lot of folks named Chris here!

    1. I daresay a great many don’t see the world through the prism of the slave trade of past centuries – which often profited local people as well – as it developed the US but, for a start, it might be useful not to generalise about “Africans” as though they are all one and the same. Nigeria alone has some 170m people and is nearly 2½ times the size of Germany.

    2. An infinite amount of wrongs do not make a right.

      Let’s not forget that even tolerant, liberal Canada has its foundation in colonialism.

      Every country in the world has a stain on its history, I’m not discriminating against Canadians.

  15. Christopher Coleman 31 May 2013, 5:27am

    Boycotts are important. Put as much pressure on the government to declare one. Demand an end to diplomatic relations.

  16. I feel so sorry for gay Nigerians. The whole country does seem to be getting steadily worse in so many ways – corruption and religious strife in particular – but it seems particularly determined to take the continental lead in open hostility towards LGBT people.

  17. disgrace

  18. GingerlyColors 31 May 2013, 11:14am

    Nigeria is rapidly heading the same way as Uganda with it’s anti-gay laws. They seem to be happy to allow the death penalty under Sharia Law in the northern states and while an increasing number of countries and US States embrace gay marriage sink-countries such as Nigeria and other African countries are going in the opposite direction. Perhaps they shouldn’t be made welcome at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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