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Armed mob aiming to ‘cleanse’ Nigeria beats men with iron bars, telling gays to ‘pack and leave’

  • Colin

    My worry is that this descends into a cleansing. Surly the UN has some powers! Please 10 million people are potentially are at risk? And now 3 million in Uganda.

    How do you contact the UN? Is it as simple as writing to Ban Ki-Moon?

    • Jean – Paul

      We need to push for a restructuring of the UN Human Rights Council so that it will no longer be controlled by Islamic states.

      Also, we should be more assertive in taking Muslim leaders to task, and be ready to complain or take mullahs to court when they issue fatwas that violate international law and norms.

    • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

      The UN is completely useless. It is almost entirely ineffectual, completely paralyzed by its own processes. We’ve all encountered stubborn bureaucracy before, but the UN takes it to mythical proportions.

      Nothing will change unless the UN passes powers to intervene without a vote required when Human life is at risk. There should be no opportunity for obstructive states to block the protection of Human life. There is far too much ability for nations to use the UN to further their own political game play, and they should all be outed for doing such.

      The most we’ll see from the UN is a meeting about having a meeting, and then further meetings to discuss the future meetings where the meeting will be discussed.

      Simply, the UN is a fu*king joke.

      • Jean – Paul

        Sad to say, I must agree.

      • Colin

        Hi BlokeToys
        Thanks. I thought as much but will drop Ban Ki-Moon a letter as my protest. I will also write to the Foreign Secretary and ask what they will do if this gets worse. One letter may be useless or just may trigger a real reaction.
        Best

  • Steve_R

    I get so angry with these situations, I can’t even begin to express the frustration and distaste I feel for the political leaders and regimes that agree to legislate or enact these archaic laws.

    When I hear of people being lashed, beaten or raped in these countries and the criminals act knowing they are becoming vigilante’s, some thing needs to change!
    Vigilante’s should be treated like terrorist, facing extreme sentences or much though it find it distasteful automatic death sentence where death or dismemberment has occurred!

    The only cleansing that wouldn’t anger me right now, is if the same mentality was extended to Johnathan Goodluck, his Ministers and Government who implemented these hate laws. I would be almost elated to read of these people dragged into the streets lashed or beaten or imprisoned, because these are the people with blood on their hands for what they have done to Nigeria.

  • Cal

    This is a pogrom. It sounds a lot like Nazi Germany to me. Is the world to stand by and watch this turn into a mass extermination?

    • Solemn Unvergesslich

      when will you ppl stop liken every tragedy to Nazi Germany and denigrate her name…enough, go find yourself another scapegoat…and no it wasn’t like anything in Nazi Germany, get that ?

      • Rumbelow

        Shut up! and piss off.
        It is reasonable to liken all cleansing pogroms to what happened in the run-up to the holocaust, the reasons may vary but the intention is the same … to dehumanise a targeted minority and then remove or eliminate them by any means.

      • http://www.bloketoys.co.uk/ BlokeToys.co.uk

        The violent persecution of free citizens by mob rule based on ideology is EXACTLY what happened in Nazi Germany.

        The fact that you don’t seem to understand the similarities suggests that you know nothing of European History, and you know even less about the psychology of extremist religious and nationalist views.

        It doesn’t matter what stage we are at now, there is a wealth of evidence throughout Human history, backed by modern research, which proves without a shadow of doubt that those given this sense of complete domination over others potentially results in genocide. At the very least, it results in mass violence.

        Anyone with half a brain understands the connection here, and that’s what makes this even more sinister. The Catholic cult knows what it is doing, the Muslim preachers know what they are doing, their so-called “leader” and his government knows what they are doing.

        This is another perfect example of why religious ideology should be absolutely and completely rejected from education, law, governance and the democratic process.

        • Jean – Paul

          All religions are violent and they are all f*cked up ideologies Humanity does not need Religions, no matter how well they are sugar coated. Islam just added on to the existing divine evil and turned it into an unstoppable force of destruction..which if not stopped today. then tomorrow could be too late!

  • JackAlison
    • Rumbelow

      Yes, the Right Rev(olting) Catholic Bishops of Africa, encouraging and cheering-on the introduction of holocaust conditions for targeted gay people there.

      • Lord Haw Haw

        Rumbelow. You don’t on one hand campaign for respect for LGBT while at the same time disrespecting other people’s religion. Do understand that…

        • Jean – Paul

          religions do not deserve respect; human beings deserve respect.

          Campaigning for human rights means opposing religion whether we like it or not. Religions are more concerned with the implementation of a so-called divine law than in the well-being of humanity here and now.

          Religions are ideologies, and ideas do not deserve respect, not now, not ever.

          • Lord Haw Haw

            Big mistake taking on religion. You need to work with it. It ain’t going to go away.

            You’re a young man JP.. Young people think their own intransigence can work wonders…

          • Jean – Paul

            how post-modern of you. I suppose you also cave in to the special demands of fanatical muslim groups because they ain’t about to go away.

            religions do not deserve respect; human beings deserve respect.

            Tolerating the intolerable is cowardice.

          • Lord Haw Haw

            All human beings deserve respect do they? if you try prising the religion out of muslims, you’re on your own.

          • Jean – Paul

            respecting human beings does not negate critical thinking, does it?

        • Rumbelow

          How can anyone respect or even tolerate either these fanatical people or their religion when they are determined to destroy you, get real Lord Haw Haw they are not amenable to any kind of persuasion.
          These “religious” people have declared a war on gay people of their own kind even, they are beneath contempt and not deserving of respect.

          • Lord Haw Haw

            What’s your yardstick for religion? Westborough ? I know that it isn’t but to others how can it not be after reading that.

          • Jean – Paul

            wtf are you talking about? Pedantry aside, do you have evidence supporting the existence of a god, or don’t you?

          • Lord Haw Haw

            In the absence of a better explanation for the complexities of what is life, and indeed us, a creation it must be. If you have evidence that we definitely came from nothing, do say.

          • Jean – Paul

            I am quite comfortable in the mysteries of the cosmos. And the burden of proof is on you to prove the existence of a creator, isn’t it?

          • Lord Haw Haw

            Mysteries of the cosmos eh?
            And to think your denial in anything you don’t understand was just in jest.

          • Jean – Paul

            Who’s talking my about my denial?

            Give me peer-reviewed evidence of creation, that’s all.

    • Rehan

      ” anybody who lives in Nigeria and most parts of Africa knows that culturally, religiously and morally, this is not our life and culture” [says a Nigerian Catholic bishop]

      And Catholicism is? Do these buffoons have no idea of the history of their own people?

  • Chris B

    Dear Altine Daniel, Perhaps you wouldn’t be unaware of attacks like this if you took your fingers out of your ears and stopped singing, “La la la, I can’t hear you.” Just a thought…

  • Mark Y

    “Inspired by laws against nigerians in the UK, an armed mob aiming to cleanse the UK beat nigerians with iron bars, telling nigerians to pack and leave.”

    If the above happened it would be headline World news – not just a pink news story – there would be an international outcry. The government would take swift action and condemn what these thugs had done. And failing that the UN would do something about it. As usual, you can treat gay men worse than dogs in some countries and no one internationally does anything about it other than make a speech. Blah, blah, blah.

    One rule for racism, another for homophobia.

    • Gerry

      Why should dogs be treated badly???

      • Mark Y

        They shouldn’t.

  • Lord Haw Haw

    Well, this kind of thing wouldn’t happen if the death penalty were re-instated. It save lives you know, innocent lives.

    • Jean – Paul

      prove it.

      • Lord Haw Haw

        The death penalty was up and running when I was a boy in the UK. It was rarely used at the end. I was born in the 1950s, apparently a terrible decade for hanging, yet there were on average only 17 a year, and the murder rate was significantly lower. But don’t let that stop you from campaigning for killers’ rights.

        • Jean – Paul

          Daniel S. Nagin, PhD, Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, and John V. Pepper, PhD, Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, wrote in their 2012 book Deterrence and the Death Penalty:

          “…[R]esearch to date of the effect of capital punishment on crime is not informative about whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on crime rates.

          Therefore, the committee recommends that these studies not be used to inform deliberations requiring judgments about the effect of the death penalty on crime rates.

          Consequently, claims that research demonstrates that capital punishment decreases or increases the crime rate by a specified amount or has no effect on the crime rate should not influence policy judgments about capital punishment.”

          • Lord Haw Haw

            JP. Reply in the pipeline. Have fallen foul of the moderator.

          • Jean – Paul

            ???

        • Jean – Paul

          The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), in a section on its website about the death penalty accessed on Aug. 19, 2008, in an article titled “The Truth About Life Without Parole: Condemned to Die in Prison,” wrote:

          “The death penalty costs more, delivers less, and puts innocent lives at risk. Life without parole provides swift, severe, and certain punishment.

          It provides justice to survivors of murder victims and allows more resources to be invested into solving other murders and preventing violence. Sentencing people to die in prison is the sensible alternative for public safety and murder victims’ families.”

        • Jean – Paul
    • Rumbelow

      Method acting has some merits but I think you are carrying your Lord Haw Haw persona a little too far now.

    • Liam

      If you think that the death of just one innocent man is an acceptable price to pay for your revenge, you are a horrible person.

      • Lord Haw Haw

        Yes son, I’m a horrible person if it makes you feel better. The prisons are awash with the innocent of course. The police just lift them off the street and they end up staring at the hangman’s noose.

  • Jesus_Mohammed

    We have to stop and imagine the same thing happening to each of us, right now, here in the UK, i.e. frothing bigots beating at our own front doors and windows, terrorising us, trying to lynch us.

    What our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are going through in Nigeria and other parts of Africa and other backward nations is a horror.

    How can so many people all over the world agree that the extermination of six million Jewish people was the most appalling thing humankind has ever done to fellow human beings, while at the very same time those same people are terrorising, rounding up, beating, assaulting, and in some cases even killing homosexual people?

    Talk about human beings out of control, human beings who desperately need their heads sorting out for them!

  • Jean – Paul

    The U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, on a recent radio program assured Nigerians that the United States would not be cutting aid because of the new anti-gay law.

  • J-Flo

    Jonathan, his appalling wife and their thieving cronies know how they have failed Nigeria on a spectacular level, and are using this as nothing more than a diversion from the real issues at hand. Elections are imminent in Nigeria and the gays have been deemed a perfect scapegoat for all of this fascinating country’s woes. Whether Jonathan likes it or not, Nigeria does have international obligations in terms of human rights. In the run up to this bill being signed, his henchmen came out and stated that Nigeria ‘would not be bullied’ by former colonial masters into accepting ‘western’ lifestyle ‘choices’ which are ‘un-African’. What is both hilarious and terrifying in equal measure is the ignorance of the people who walk the corridors of power in Nigeria, and therein lies the problem. When an ‘elite’ of fantastically unlettered, mendacious and nepotistic charlatans are able to control the lives of 160,000,000 people, then there is going to be trouble. Nigeria is bursting to be the great country it could be, but each and every administration has the same agenda, time after time, election after election. The only thing which ‘transforms’ as a result of these agendas is the bank balances and property portfolios of politicians. What is risible about the whole debacle is that none of the adjectives I have written in this post about Nigeria’s ‘leaders’ are a revelation. It is not like the government are secretly like this. The entire WORLD knows it! They flaunt their dishonesty and some wear it like a badge of honour manifested in private jets, multiple million-dollar homes, fleets of cars, and entourages of dozens of sycophantic lackeys. Corruption is no longer the problem in Nigeria. Impunity is. This is why I hope that the UN actually pull their fingers out of their cosseted asses and step in as a matter of urgency. They MUST realise that it will NOT be seen as a form of bullying. Otherwise, what are the international regulations for? And ultimately, what is the UN for? I am not at all advocating the re-colonialisation of Nigeria, but i often think that if Nigerian governors had more enlightened, Western political advisors on their payroll as opposed to their nieces, nephews and tribesmen, then Nigeria could begin to move towards reaching its potential. For now, though, the persecution of gays MUST be addressed immediately.

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