No gay marriage, no gay rights groups, and 14 years in prison for violators. Faith in Nigeria at work.

I knew the good news couldn’t last forever.  In Nigeria, where about 50% of the population is Christian and about 47% of the population is Muslim, they’ve passed a law that represents some of the vast amount of common ground between the two faiths.

Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders.

I honestly don’t see how you condemn a bill like this, which clearly draws its genesis from religious convictions, without condemning the societal constructs that support a mindset that allows for religious convictions.  The only possible argument to the contrary would be that the crapshoot of religious influence on morality is wholesome and healthy as long as you’re rolling sevens.  If people wind up with ethical snake eyes, it’s the person’s fault for rolling the dice wrong.

Start telling people to get rid of the god damned dice and to weigh their moral decisions against compassion.  We don’t need different brands of unreason as an antidote to the problems resulting of unreason.  We just need reason.


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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.