Now that the Nigerian government has passed a brutal new law that puts gay people in prison for ten years and has begun arresting gay people, torturing them to get the identities of others and then rounding them up, it’s worth noting that the Christian right in this country defended that law when it passed.
In 2011, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the Obama administration would work to protect LGBT rights abroad – including in places like Nigeria that criminalize homosexuality — the religious right exploded in anger. Pat Robertson called the policy “appalling” and warned of God’s wrath in response. Radio host Janet Mefferd cited Nigeria’s anti-gay laws in a rant against the Obama administration’s policy, saying “I don’t see that this is something that the United States has to jump in on because it’s such a huge global tragedy. It’s crazy.” The Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute also cited Nigeria’s move to tighten criminal sanctions on homosexuality in its opposition to the Obama administration policy.Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber, the anti-gay group MassResistance , and Family Watch International’s Sharon Slater have also supported Nigeria’s anti-gay laws at various stages.
We wonder if any of these groups will comment about this wave of arrests.
They’ll just blather on about “family values” a lot. It’s what they always do.