American Christian Right Supports Nigerian Law

American Christian Right Supports Nigerian Law January 17, 2014

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.

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  • Ah, yes, I remember the good ol’ days when me and the rest of the family would gather together for our reunions for such wholesome pastimes as Kiddy Whoopin’, Shame the Slut, and Gay Torturing. Now that’s some family values right there.

  • kraut

    What is new? religous folks supporting torture to spread their ideas? Old news from several hundred years ago.

    I am pretty sure those asshole would support burning at the stake and would do it if they could get away with it.

  • Of course they supported the law. But they never expected witch hunts and mass executions; who could have foreseen that?

  • raven

    …it’s worth noting that the Christian right in this country defended that law when it passed.

    Fundie Xianity never, ever misses a chance to demonstrate their complete moral and intellectual bankruptcy.

    1. They’ve supported all the way along, the latest in African atrocities, gays being arrested and persecuted.

    2. Around 1,000 alleged witches are killed in Africa each year. Most are children and most are tortured before being killed. And it is fundie xians who are doing it.

    There are some efforts being made to rescue the survivor children and protect at risk people. AFAICT, all of those are secular organizations. Some are atheists. So where in the hell are the Real Xians? One would think with 2 billion xians in the world, some of them would try to do something.

    3. I know what the fundie death cultists want to do to me. They tell me often. They want to kill me. Scientists, MD’s, and atheist leaders frequently get death threats in the USA. And xian terrorism has been a problem in the US for decades.

    The xian moral high ground is what normal people consider the basement. The fundies earned their title of xian death cults based on hate, lies, and hypocrisy.

  • Artor

    But they never expected witch hunts and mass executions; who could have foreseen that?

    Oh, just anybody with the slightest knowledge of history, and anybody who pays the vaguest attention to what goes on in Africa. That does actually count out most of the Talibangelical crowd, since they generally know jack shit about the world around them.

  • raven

    For any xians who lost their laminated all purpose excuse card that they handed out in church:

    1. It’s a false flag operation.

    2. Atheists do it too.

    3. You can’t prove they are xians.

    4. They aren’t Real Xians!!!

    Don’t bother picking one. Use them all.

  • Scr… Archivist

    It’s interesting that a group that often fears that they will be rounded up (any day now) is silent as it actually is happening to a different group that they hate. Maybe, for these American authoritarians, such persecution is what you are supposed to do when you have power. Which is all the more reason to put them out of power and keep them out.

    I am also reminded of the complaints against Muslims who do not challenge the violence and totalitarianism of other Muslims. What Christian groups in the U.S. and Nigeria are speaking out against these laws and round-ups perpetrated by fellow Christians? Are there any?

  • Matrim

    I seem to remember Jesus saying something about Judgment Day…can’t quite put my finger on it…something about God saying “whatever you do to the least of my brothers you do to me”…something like that…eh, it probably wasn’t important. I’m sure these Christians are on point.

  • hunter

    “But they never expected witch hunts and mass executions; who could have foreseen that?”

    Strange — they’re always able to predict all the horrible things that will happen if gays and lesbians get the least shred of equal treatment.

    Actually, given their track record on that score, I think you’re right.

  • d cwilson

    But they never expected witch hunts and mass executions; who could have foreseen that?

    Oh they did and rest assured, they see that as a feature, not a bug. They’re just smart enough to know not to state it publicly.

  • otrame

    I use “what you have done to the least of these, you have done also unto me” frequently–because the average Christian needs to be reminded. That and Mathew 6:6 are my go-to verses in scripture.

  • iangould

    Remind them that Nigeria is circa 50% Muslim and relabel it as Sharia law.