Nigeria in the Cross Hairs
Following it’s principles, AIDS wracked Nigeria has unanimously voted to prohibit gay marriage. Unanimously. Can you even imagine that here in the states? Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and suffers high rates of HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, infectious diseases such as typhoid fever, malaria and yellow fever, Lassa fever and meningococcal meningitis.
The country struggles against widespread poverty and environmental degradation, yet gay rights activists are now clamoring to hold hostage the much needed aid to that country because of their stance on gay marriage.
What does gay marriage have to do with helping those in such need?
The war on marriage is not only here in the states but across the globe, and with this move, gay activists are showing that they consider this imperiled aid a legitimate weapon in that war. The more countries they can force to their side, the stronger their world wide mandate for marriage becomes.
Coercing and pressuring these developing nations through economics, rhetoric and political power, increases their power to pressure even more nations like Nigeria who are struggling to maintain family and religious values.
Far from the ideals of free choice and enlightenment, withholding aid speaks more of brute force school-yard bullying, and shouldn’t be allowed to become the new weapon of choice against developing nations.
By Hilary White
BRUSSELS, January 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The European Union’s Intergroup on “gay rights” has demanded that all foreign aid to Nigeria be suspended after that country’s House of Representatives voted to prohibit attempts to create legal “gay marriage.” The Nigerian vote was unanimous this week in favour of a bill that “prohibits marriage between persons of same gender, solemnisation of same and other matters related therewith.”
“The only result this law is going to achieve is a raising hatred against gay, lesbian and transgender citizens of Nigeria,” said Michael Cashman, Labour MEP and President of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual Intergroup. The Intergroup is sending a request to the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid to “evaluate” the financial support given to Nigeria.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, suffers high rates of HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, infectious diseases such as typhoid fever, malaria and yellow fever, Lassa fever and meningococcal meningitis. The country struggles against widespread poverty and environmental degradation.
But one Nigerian representative, Igo Aguma, said it was against the religious beliefs of Nigerians as well as the country’s penal code to “engage in activities that are as quarrelsome as this between man and man, as well as women and women.” Nigeria is 50 percent Muslim, 40 percent Christian with animists making up 10 ten percent.
“It is time for us at this point in time to think back and look at the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The greatest means of transmitting this disease is through the act of sodomy. Young children are already victims of being lured into this cruel and unimaginable act. It is an act of perversion,” said Aguma.