Thursday, March 08, 2007

"Poisonous" legislation targets gays in Nigeria & local Anglicans applaud

By Diane Silver

The New York Times editorializes today about a horrible bill that would target lesbians and gays in Nigeria for the kinds of repression the Nazis made famous. The Times writes:
A poisonous piece of legislation is quickly making its way through the Nigerian National Assembly. Billed as an anti-gay-marriage act, it is a far-reaching assault on basic rights of association, assembly and expression. Chillingly, the legislation — proposed last year by the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo — has the full and enthusiastic support of the leader of Nigeria’s powerful Anglican church. Unless the international community speaks out quickly and forcefully against the bill, it is almost certain to become law.
Kudos to The Times for sounding a call of alarm about this awful proposal, and shame on the conservative Episcopal Churches who want to ally with the Nigerian church. The conservatives' reason for pursuing such a ridiculous relationship is that they agree with Nigeria's ideas about lesbians and gays. Uh huh.

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