Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On Nigeria

You may have come across press accounts of a new law against homosexual organizing, which passed in Nigeria. So far dozens of homosexuals have been arrested already.

I do not support or excuse laws that are this draconian. Nigeria went too far.

Having said that, we in the West have to be realistic and pragmatic about our priorities, proportionality, and what's feasible for us to do. We have more control over the discourse about gay rights on our home turf, where we can exercise our voices and move the gay community itself to critical self-reflection. We need to do that.

Nigeria is one of a number of countries that have passed strict laws (ones I would view as excessive) aimed at curbing the influence of a homosexual culture in their nation.

While the excesses are disturbing, we have to mind the international context. These laws are popping up now in direct response to what the West's gay lobby is doing, particularly in the United States. The excesses of the gay lobby and its blatant institutional power grabs have alarmed people in nations like Nigeria, which are vulnerable and fearful of being overrun by a similar lobby in their nations.

We should not allow the ligbitist press to divert our eyes to these overseas sites, whilst ignoring the excesses of the gay lobby at home. If we do not clean up what's going on in our own backyard, we will only make the problem worse, increase the alarm overseas, and incite ever-increasing levels of antigay backlash. No, I am not excusing antigay backlash that goes this far -- but I am saying that we can't ignore what's happening at home because, in fact, the best way for us to help counteract the antigay backlash overseas is to reform our own gay lobby and inspire other nations with examples of a country that can find a reasonable middle ground of acceptance and support for homosexuals, rather than blatant antigay repression on one end, or the tyranny of LGBT social engineering on the other end.