The Morning Rant- The insanity of Nigeria and Uganda Anti Gay Laws

Photograph of Oxford by susan sheldon nolen

          I read with a sinking heart about the new law in Nigeria. Yet another country has fallen to insanity. In 2013, Uganda passed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan 7,  and now in 2014,  Nigeria has passed a  similar law. It’s citizens are  gleefully out on the hunt for gays. 

           Reuben Abati,  the spokesman for the Nigerian leader, said: “This is a law that is in line with the people’s cultural and religious inclination. So it is a law that is a reflection of the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people … Nigerians are pleased with it.”

         One of the problems with being outraged with such a barbaric culture is the frustration that comes with the question–but what can we do.  How do you fight this?
          When humans act with such barbarism the only thing that will affect change is loud protest. It takes strong and continuous action for the barbarian to listen. Once he has the ability to listen, then there is the possibility that he can hear what you have to say. Then and only then, can the education of the ignorant be achieved. We cannot just turn away and rage about this law, we must take determined and intelligent action.
          Action can be as simple as writing letters of protest. It sounds  like a small act, but the more letters, tweets,etc, that are sent out into the world demanding the end of this uncivilised and uneducated act pretending to be a law, the more the opportunity for insanity to end occurs.
          We must not be silent, for if we are, we are partners in this crime against humanity. Love does not recognise sexuality, gender, race, or religion, love is a pure entity, and if we humans lose the ability to recognise this fact, no matter what god one prays to,  he will not hear, for we  will no  longer be human.

Further Reading and notes.

John Kerry– “The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same-sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association and expression for all Nigerians.

“[The law] is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 constitution,” he added.

“People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.”

About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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1 Response to The Morning Rant- The insanity of Nigeria and Uganda Anti Gay Laws

  1. Tom Merriman says:

    Very true, Susan.
    The world is slowly changing for the better, but there will still be some desperate to cling onto their ‘right way’ of thinking… it wasn’t so long ago that it was illegal to be gay in the UK, and we’re still getting there ourselves, but it’s loads better now than it used to be. I have a feeling that these ‘new laws’ won’t last very long.

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