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Religious leaders praise Nigeria’s new anti-gay law, claim it’s ‘God’s will’

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Leading Christian and Islamic leaders are praising Nigeria’s new law banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights.

Aloysius Agbo, the Anglican Bishop of Nsukka said Tuesday, “Every Christian in Nigeria is happy about the development … especially when he did that contrary to the pressure from the western world.”

Protestors demonstrate against Nigeria's anti-gay law.

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Protestors demonstrate against Nigeria’s anti-gay law.

Being gay is “unnatural, unwise and ungodly,” he said. “If our forefathers have done that [same-sex marriage], many of us would not have been born.”

On Monday, the Presbyterian Prelate Emele Mba Uka also praised the new law.

“Homosexuality as one of the greatest human deviant behaviours has been with man from earliest times. Man has fought it for a long time but it refuses to die,” he said.

Uka equated gay sex with “incest, rape and adultery” and said that such a “perverse sexual lifestyles attract God’s punishment” which is “hell.”

Muslim religious leaders also voiced their support. Dahiru Usman Bauchi, leader of the influential Tijaniyyah school of Islam in Africa, praised Nigeria’s National Assembly and President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the measure into law, saying they had made the electorate proud.

He described same-sex marriage as “inhuman,” saying even in the animal kingdom it cannot be tolerated.

“Has anybody ever seen a donkey marrying its male counterpart, cocks, oxen, or even hens, it is abominable,” he said.

Another Muslim cleric, Mallam Musa Kutama said that he was “100 per cent in support of the Federal Government’s action.”

Nigerian LGBT rights advocate Davis Mac-Iyalla told LGBTQ Nation Tuesday that law does much more than prohibit gay marriage, “its a draconian that criminalizes every aspect of being LGBT, hence its nickname: ‘Jail All The Gays.’”

The bill punishes anyone attempting to instigate a same-sex marriage or civil union by 14 years imprisonment, and outlaws “gay clubs, societies and organizations, their sustenance, processions and meetings,” or anyone who helps them, imposing jail time of up to 10 years for offenders.

In addition, the bill prohibits the “public show of same-sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly.”

“That law is a clear human rights abuse,” said Mac-Iyalla. “It has nothing to do with marriage equality. Even if you don’t agree on homosexuality, where in the bible does it says that you should Jail or kill them?”

“Any person of faith should object to such a violent law, but regrettably it seems to have given a license for religious leaders to preach even stronger anti-gay messages than before and encourage the persecution of LGBT people,” said Mac-Iyalla.

On Friday, the deputy head of the Hisbah (Islamic Police) in Kano state, Usman Nabahani, told AFP the law was a “welcome development” and pledged to wage a war against LGBT people.

“We are given more power, we are given more support now to wage serious war against these issues,” he added.

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  1. I guess they missed the passage stating “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:28am
  2. There is NO sin for being born Gay. God made us this way.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:34am
  3. They ignore John 8:7 along with any other parts of their holy book that might interfere with their hatred of others.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:46am
  4. Theyre Xians, they dont give a shit about anything Jesus has to say

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:11am
  5. If they ignore Jesus, that makes them Jewish.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:50pm
  6. Oh great, first the weather is our fault, now this?? All this freedom to love whoever I want is getting exhausting.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:29am
  7. Kaleb Williams they didn’t miss it, its just a passage they choose not to follow. No religion is cherry picked like Christianity. No religion has more hypocrites then Christianity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:31am
  8. Don’t think it’s only gays it’s affecting. It’s affecting the fucking trans community as well.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:31am
  9. If it was God’s Will, then it wasn’t necessary to pass the law…fools…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:32am
  10. They celebrate hating God’s children. God created me too and they are NOT better than me. I am not a sinner because I was born as God made me. They are sinners for teaching hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:33am
  11. what a shithead their god must be…oh by the way…who heard him say this? why aren’t they in the loonybin as someone hearing voices

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:35am
  12. To HELL with you president Goodluck Jonathan

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:36am
  13. Very sad indeed :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:37am
  14. Religious leaders need to fuck off and attend to more serious matters….
    Like oh…. I don’t know….
    The STARVING people in Africa?!?!
    What are all these high and mighty “Christians” doing to feed them? Or give them clean drinking water? Or educate them?
    These people are an absolute DISGRACE

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:37am
  15. Wouldn’t mind but only summat like 5 passages on the bible that refer to homosexuality and there’s only one passage that says it’s wrong even then it only says “a man shall not lay with another man as he lays with a woman” or summat like that! They use god to try justify that they just don’t like something’s that’s different and outta there control!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:40am
  16. these religious leaders are a sad example for children especially children who are gay, hate is not a quality of leadership .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:41am
  17. so, its gods will some ignorant fuck pushes a law onto people that can be or is potentially dangerous. Sounds like their is less of a god and more of a tradition to sustain influence on society by controlling popular opinion.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:41am
  18. What can you expect from a government that’s living on the proceeds of scammers.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:42am
  19. SIN? ……HATE is a SIN !……..NEVER LOVE!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:43am
  20. They will lose some of their best people.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:44am
  21. In other news God thinks those religious leaders are a-holes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:44am
  22. have i ever heard of animals getting married? no.. have i heard of lesbian penguins? yes

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:46am
  23. This religious crap gives me a headache…Its as if people can’t think for themselves anymore. Go with the majority! Its what is right, I’m sure of it! I read it in a really old book. (SMH) Screw reality and the fact that’s what we actually live in. Ya know, humanity, society, equality, fairness, kindness. I could go on and on. We all could go back and forth giving a million views and stands on this and still have gone no where because as long as we have religion and close minded one way bigots, oh and republicans, this way of thinking from people will continue! I always vow generally to keep to myself on religion and political issues because the opinions are so far apart its not even funny. Its just sad to see this going on, regardless of what parts of the world. It feels close to home because you know its happening and existing. It sucks how hard of a battle we will need to fight in hopes of ever gaining full equality and human rights. We are making good progress but a lot still needs to improve and happen.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:47am
  24. Yea ok ppl are insane.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:47am
  25. God had nothing to do with this. Its called “human error”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:49am
  26. than which hunt start and people use get people thay hate

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:50am
  27. hey religious leaders, see this boot of mine up your ass? also god’s will

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:53am
  28. Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:53am
  29. Of course they would. They’re not about love and acceptance. Their about targeting anything they don’t like and calling it a sin by misinterpreting the bible to justify it. Period!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:53am
  30. So religious leaders, people who are supposed to teach their religions which are based on peace and love, are praising draconian measures being taken against people in the name of hatred.

    If this isn’t the perfect example of how religious zealotry is a mental illness, I don’t know what is.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:54am
  31. This is appalling!!!! So Nigeria has openly declared war on a population of it’s citizens. Nazi Nigeria is here! And all the religious nutters side with them as well? That’s no big surprise! I am so done with tolerating organized religion. The funny thing is for as long as religion has shrouded humanity it’s always managed to reveal one thing no matter what century or era we enter ” a hateful, controlling and cruel organization” I say this to God… How can you let people do this to their own brothers and sisters?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:55am
  32. Then I’m glad I don’t believe in a god who’s will it is to imprison innocent people

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:56am
  33. Those sick mo fos

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:58am
  34. fuk off and let people love who they want to love

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:58am
  35. I am not a religious person, in fact I am an atheist, but I hope for the day there is an attack of this planet by a power from an alien being that torments and destroys the stories of the religious who hate their young. This planet and its religions have lost sight of what humanity is about on this planet.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:59am
  36. Of course they do…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:59am
  37. This is what is sick. The active intolerance of so-called religious leaders is an absolute failure of their humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:05am
  38. I guess they think it was “god’s will” for Christians and Muslims to enslave Nigerians too

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:06am
  39. Can someone please go there and slap some sense into these insufferable misinformed bigots?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:07am
  40. There is more than than one religion which means they can’t all be right which means none of them are probably right. Religion is a cancer on this planet, Christianity, Islam and the whole deity worshiping cults needs to be eliminated from humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:10am
  41. Shit

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:11am
  42. GOD wanted nothing of the sort

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:12am
  43. All of those religious bigots only care about procreation. That’s why they fear homosexuality so much because same-sex couples can’t procreate together.. Well hello! It’s 2014! We have other ways of making babies unlike 2000 years ago!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:15am
  44. Seems that Christians only like their Old Testament version of God, the one who sends wrath and anger as well as forcing people to make sacrifices etc. they do not address Jesus at all in their actions. Jesus is said to have been God in human form and after his death all of humanity would be spared of undergoing harsh wrath, and making blood sacrifices. How could Jesus even agree with any of these monsters? They are defiling his very name!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:16am
  45. Enjoy your aids Nigeria.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:17am
  46. Religion is evil!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:45am
  47. Murderers!! Religious leaders are criminals that support bigotry, discrimination and hatred!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:55am
  48. Well Brian Zona I am a Pagan. Most of my likeminds only want people to be free. Not all deity worshipping beliefs are awful. These laws are made to further evil and hatred. These were made by scared and small men that fear pure love and acceptance.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:55am
  49. Religion and it’s idiot followers can kiss my ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:57am
  50. ….religion is simply worshiping a god that hates the same damn people that they do….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:57am
  51. they must have the most dumbest politicians! they are not even thinking!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:58am
  52. Don’t they realize that they shouldn’t piss us off?!? We have the power to cause floods, earthquakes, and meteors ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:20am
  53. Yet if we passed laws banning their idiotic beliefs, they’d scream and cry about being “persecuted.”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:20am
  54. H

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:31am
  55. Well, they must be correct , god spoke to them personally!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:32am
  56. its god’s will when you’re born that way

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:33am
  57. Nutters

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:38am
  58. The Los Angeles Times reported that that law was vetoed. Any updates?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:41am
  59. Please let’s stop giving them aid. Let the corrupt country suffer. If you want radical ideas that isolate a group of people, cut off their ties to the outside world. Then I bet they’ll reconsider their ridiculous law. I don’t want children to suffer, they’re innocent and don’t deserve to be harmed. But as far as the political arm of this third world shit country, should be overthrown and put in jail for the equivalent of war crimes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:45am
  60. I HOPE ALL ANTI GAY PEOPLE GO TO HELL

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:03am
  61. Christians are evil as are Muslims

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:12am
  62. I don’t want to see people suffering for the sins of others, but if the religious support such hate then they can start using the money they get to help the poor and needy, not outside agencies. If Nigeria doesn’t want to be a apart of world that respects human rights then there must be consequences.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:20am
  63. Who will actually try to stop this? The people there who… no! Our government are fully aware but they won’t try to stop it because they can’t and won’t. No one out there with any kind of power cares enough to try and put a stop to this insanity! So innocent people will get hurt and nothing will happen to stop it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:22am
  64. Sick fucked up country…blow it up and start over!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:29am
  65. The churches, all of them, seem to be full of “twits”. ;}

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:26am
  66. My mother and father created me not some god that’s just man made bullocks, I’m gay and proud there’s a lot more evil in this world like child abuse that priests are 95% doing to children yet that get swept under the rug, and there’s rape, murder ect but out of everything all these people do go around preaching that being gay is unnatural and it’s a sin, it’s not our fault from being born gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, black, white, whatever

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:58am
  67. How can something imaginary have a will? When are fools going to wake up, and stop praising nothing. Just live your lives, and stop trying to make others not live theirs.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:02am
  68. this is ridiculous it’s 2014 surely ppl should b aloud 2 luv who they want without facing Jail

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:13am
  69. It’s the will of a few wacko evangelical’s from the USA who have somehow twisted the message of love & friendship into an ugly message of exclusion & hate…..definitely not something that Jesus ( if he existed) would ever preach!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:26am
  70. Those religious leaders that praise Nigeria’s new anti-gay law are servants of EVIL.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:07am
  71. “Religious” leaders may be in for a big surprise when they meet their maker. Let’s hope God asks them for a dissertation on why they mistreated so many on his behalf.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:08am
  72. No disrespect to religious folks…but if God is omnipotent and does not like Gay people, why did He/She create them?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:08am
  73. The EU should put a visa ban on all Nigerians suspected and/or preachers of homophobia from entering. They are promoting hate in their own country……why export it to Europe.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:18am
  74. Shame On Nigeria & their Religious Leaders !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:25am
  75. Then god will provide

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:45am
  76. More religious hypocrisy..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:20pm
  77. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:30pm
  78. Think they missed love others as you’d love yourself when they were skimming

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:31pm
  79. Some evangelical Christians are some of the most brainwashed, twisted people i know…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:40pm
  80. Nigeria is a country that most Nigerians living in the UK dislike themselves.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:47pm
  81. Bollox

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:48pm
  82. why are these idiots lowering God to their level…God is loving!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:49pm
  83. Thank you Evangelicals for causing MORE wars amongst their own people.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:03pm
  84. They can ALL take a flying fuck off a short pier for all I care. ALL religion should fucking be banned, from the child fucking Catholics to these dumb assed idiots. Put a God Damned bounty on all their asses & see who yells first. FUCKTARDS.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:04pm
  85. Meddling, superior egomaniacs . . . their forebears almost destroyed every one of the Hawaiian islands, yet they continue to spread their disease and diseased thoughts.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:18pm
  86. Who cares about a bunch of primitive idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:25pm
  87. Very, very sad and troubling news.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:31pm
  88. Funny they claim to be Christian’s but will harm another life that doesn’t fit there ways. I was created in God’s image, a proud lesbian!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:32pm
  89. For lgbtq Christians commenting who can’t find a church who supports u, check out the mcc. I’m a lesbian Christian and am a member and I love it!! Metropolitan community church.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:33pm
  90. Well, there’s my disgust for the day.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:45pm
  91. Put them in jail

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:45pm
  92. Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:46pm
  93. Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:47pm
  94. Maybe the christians need to be thrown to the lions again

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:50pm
  95. In my newsfeed, the story directly below this one is about a pastor local to my area who was just unmasked as a decades-long paedophile. But gays are the REAL deviants, huh, “leading Christian leaders?”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:50pm
  96. We need to wipe religion of the earth so shit like this doesn’t happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:31pm
  97. So funny people God dont even excist , learn youre history before you believe something . I hate God and every religion that excist it is just crap lies lies and lies just to rule people and the world and they do a fucking good job they destroy every thing that is beautiful and free . Just open for on time youre eye,s . Look the news and you know i am not lying . But then they say oh no that,s the devils work , he al so dont excist they all made up . Becorse the real truth is something very differend then they told us . And now it,s coming out the real story but you have to search for it . So only the real truth can set you free , and i know it now ;) Wish everybody the best and hope that everybody at one time can life in real peace and freedom and that day wil come for sure becorse lies dont life forever only the real truth keep standing ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:32pm
  98. Boooooo!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:58pm
  99. God’s Will my ass! People and religion makes that cruelty happen. Not God’s Will you ignorant bastards

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:06pm
  100. Even as a catholic I don’t see what’s wrong with being gay we are told we are made in gods image so if god made ppl like that why is it even an argument just let it be

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:08pm
  101. Those ‘religious leaders’ need to be tarred and feathered.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:15pm
  102. God is a cover for a lot of evil and I’m sick of it. No wonder I don’t believe.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:15pm
  103. STOP MAKING ME WANT TO HUG YOU!

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:25pm
  104. FUCKYOU Nigeria!..BACKWARD COUNTRY..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:20pm
  105. Sick of the illogical reasoning and what they claims their beliefs. Equality for all.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:20pm
  106. God’s will eh? Has nothing to do with years of brainwashing the local inhabitants to fall in line with your own religious views and throw their own away. Hmm, why does this seem so familiar? Ohhh, I know, IT’S THE SAME THING THEY DID IN AMERICA!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:24pm
  107. There have always been gay people. Why do people try to insist we just suddenly popped out of nowhere? If God hates gay people there would be no gay people!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:49pm
  108. Thats a mans will, not gods

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:51pm
  109. religion=hate=religion

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:51pm
  110. If we all disappeared from the face of the earth today we would be back in a generation. We are a fact of nature.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:53pm
  111. Out of all the fakes in the world. They worship something or someone that is not real. Yours gods are fake, science fiction, and you have been brainwashed to believe in it too.
    If you all believe totally in your works of a so called god, then your guilty by your own gods!
    Gay people are real people, a human being. You believe in death by supporting a monster that kills people for no reasons! By this support of this monster, your guilty if murder also.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:57pm