Not Pro-gay, Just Anti-stupid

By Ifeanyi Odigwe

There are good reasons to have a heterosexual sexual appetite, medical and procreation to name a few. African values should not be one of them. It would help to remind people what African values are. If we define African values as those values that we held before the advent of the colonist, then it is fair to say that in 2014 women should have no right, twins should be killed, widows should endure humiliation after the death of their husbands and cloths above the waist should be optional.

 

My point is that it is slippery slope when we start legislating morality. There is no such thing as a majority democratic rule to deny people their fundamental rights. Anyone who speaks out against the recent anti-gay law is immediately tagged pro-gay. My views on homosexuality and those who practice it are not positive, but who am I or we to play God? I am neither pro nor anti gay, I am just anti-stupid. If you find homosexualism deviant or abominable then simply don’t practice it. Gay never killed anyone. Gay is not the reason for poor electrical supply or bad roads or missing NNPC funds or forged school certificate.

 

 I have never been more ashamed to be Nigerian or associated with Goodluck Jonathan. The law makes me very sad.  Freedom of thought, speech or action and a government that is free of corruption and accountable to its people are not western values, they are universal values.

 

I have heard the argument that since a majority of Nigerians support the anti-gay law then it is not a problem, to those people I say the Nazi party won the election in Germany democratically and their anti-Semites laws polled well as well. It did not stop with the anti-Semitism and we all know how it ended.

 

It is not up to the government to decide who has what right or not. It is not up to government to tell you who to love or how much of your own money you are allowed to withdraw from the bank daily. It is not up to the government to restrict you movement because dame or another government official is in the area. It is not up to the government to prevent planes from landing for hours because Goodluck is flying in or substitute election results for what suits them. Those who accept a law based not on merit or any societal harm fail to see how this law radically alters the fundamental relationship between the government and the governed. We are inviting government agencies into our private space.

 

North Korea is a haven of poverty in a region of wealth, when criticised the government says we would not accept western values. In Russia critics are routinely jailed, ethnic Muslim minorities are discriminated against and killed, journalist disappears and corruption is rampant. When human rights activist in the country protest against it Putin calls them foreign (western) agents. China decides how many children a family is allowed to have and forcefully aborts babies from women’s womb because the laws are broken, of course we know the Chinese government response to such criticism. When Nigerians criticize the new anti-gay laws we are told that they are western values. Sounds familiar?

 

As a race, that has long suffered from discrimination, we should keep pushing the boundaries on individual freedom. When the anti-miscegenetion laws in the America were passed the language used to defend such laws are the same used to defend the anti-gay laws today. Christian and cultural values, unnatural etc

 

During the civil rights movement in America the segregationist Governor of Alabama, George Wallace in his inaugural speech declared “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw a line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever”. He won re-election in 1970. Democratic ? Yes. Morally just? Depends on who you ask.

 

Ifeanyi Odigwe

http://iphyoo.blogspot.co.uk/

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

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This writer made a mess of

This writer made a mess of his write-up when he wrote:
1. "My point is that it is slippery slope when we start legislating morality."
This argument is meaningless. One of the roles of a viable and functional State is to legislate morality, among other issues. If not, immoral crimes such as Pediophilia, Rape, Illicit drug use, (consensual and nonconsensual) Human Trafficking, etc, will become legitimized.

2. "Gay never killed anyone."
The truth is that Gay lifestyle has killed many gay men and women. Do your research well and please check out the prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst homosexuals.

I dont understand why most

I dont understand why most ibos are agains this law against gay marraige--u can fuck yr smelly asses nobody cares--but dont marry in pubklic go do it in europa and the usa-

Homosexuality is neither Western nor African

I don't see the point in making so much noise about homosexuality, which is as old as man. Like it or not no law can stop or intimidadte homosexual activism. Homosexualiy is neither western nor African. It is the recent poloticisation of this issue by the west that sparked so much debate in Africa. It is even hypocritical on the parts of some law makers of Africa, who themselves engage in homosexual activities for occult purposes that, in their belief, will consolidate their grip onto power and arbitrary use of power. However, my fear is how some gays, especially in the west use their sexual orientation as weapon of victimization. Homosexuality is gradually eroding the power of knowledge and taking its place as a source of power.

Anti-Gay vs. Anti-Hijab

Bullshit! Now some riffraffs are shouting because of the anti-gay law. How many of you riffraffs shouted when there was anti-hijab law? you guys are always punishing modesty and celebrating immorality and indecency. what kind of right are you talking about now? it is only now you know a right has been infringed? am sure the so-called homosexuals are guilty of being anti-hijab. tit for tat.

Regurgitating the same claptrap used to enslave...

... our minds and distract us from their goal of domination. There were matriarchal societies and female queens and ministers in african societies. There were african societies where twins were venerated. Taking a flaw here and a flaw there and summing them up as african values is the trick the oyinbo employed to have you destroy/throw away all the hard-won wisdom(s)/philosophies of our ancestors that still leaves us as followers (if not slaves) with every generation relearning the same lessons that were thrown away and perpetually following everyone else who keep building on what they've learnt. And here we have the "educated" african mind using the same words and perpetuating the same bs. You can argue for individual freedoms without resorting to fallacies such as "embrace this change to avoid backwardness, just like your ancestors were all evil and backward"

Regurgitating the same claptrap used to enslave...

... our minds and distract us from their goal of domination. There were matriarchal societies and female queens and ministers in african societies. There were african societies where twins were venerated. Taking a flaw here and a flaw there and summing them up as african values is the trick the oyinbo employed to have you destroy/throw away all the hard-won wisdom(s)/philosophies of our ancestors that still leaves us as followers (if not slaves) with every generation relearning the same lessons that were thrown away and perpetually following everyone else who keep building on what they've learnt. And here we have the "educated" african mind using the same words and perpetuating the same bs. You can argue for individual freedoms without resorting to fallacies such as "embrace this change to avoid backwardness, just like your ancestors were all evil and backward"

Anti-gay low

In that case there should be no laws against consumption or padellino hard drug, my friend keep quiet if you do not have any thing better to say.

I totally agree with you. We

I totally agree with you. We should not be legislating morality. If we want to start punishing gay people, then we need to punish adulterers, fornicators, etc. Or are those things part of our culture? Ashamed to be a Nigerian at this point in time. Culture ko, culture ni. I guess corruption is part of our culture too.

How many of our values &

How many of our values & traditions had we traded for western culture? It is only a foolish man that will not change his position when confronted with new facts. Being gay has no impact on the lives of Nigerians, with or without the law, gay people will continue being gay so why pass a law that will further stretch the incapacitated Nigeria police force. Pass & enforce a law to jail public office holder that misappropriate public funds, maybe we will enjoy electricity for a change in Nigeria.

How many of our values &

How many of our values & traditions had we traded for western culture? It is only a foolish man that will not change his position when confronted with new facts. Being gay has no impact on the lives of Nigerians, with or without the law, gay people will continue being gay so why pass a law that will further stretch the incapacitated Nigeria police force. Pass & enforce a law to jail public office holder that misappropriate public funds, maybe we will enjoy electricity for a change in Nigeria.