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Suspected Gay Men Forced To March Naked Through Nigeria's Capital Before Being Beaten By Police And Two Violent Mobs

The situation in Nigeria for its gay citizens continues to deteriorate. In early February, shortly after the African nation officially criminalized homosexuality, a suspected gay couple was forced to have sex in front of an angry mob. But late last week and over the weekend the violent mob rule intensified. 

In Abuja, Nigeria's capital, a mob of more than 50 people forced 14 suspected gay men to march through the streets naked last week. Once in the Gishiri neighborhood, the mob beat the men with nail-studded clubs, whips, iron bars and anything else that could be weaponized. Police joined the mob in beating the men, with one man nearly dying from the injuries he sustained. 

"They all had weapons," one witness said. "Some were having wires, whips. Some had broken furniture. They said they wanted to kill. They were moving around from one person's house to another."

Following the attack, the mob wrote "Homosexuals, pack and leave" on the homes of the men they assaulted. 

Saturday night, a second mob went out on a mission to rid Nigeria of its LGBT people. "We have been notified that 10 men, suspected to be gay, were rounded up and beaten last night in the town of Geshiri, near Abuja, by a mob of about 40 people," International Gay And Lesbian Human Rights Commission Executive Director Jessica Stern reported. Five of the men were apparently detained by police before being released. 

"The leaders are just watching, and now the Nigerian social fabric is being disintegrated by acts of mob violence," said human rights activist Dorothy Aken'Ova about the mob attacks. "Now we have this new category as a result of the new law. And the government is quiet."

Does the situation in Nigeria remind you of any other blemish on human history that's occurred in the past 100 years?

(Sources: NYT, GBMNews.com)

 

 

 

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PEOPLE HATED IN THE TIMES OF JESUS.. Then there is the Story of the Good SamarItan.  A lawyer asks "How do I get to Heaven."  Jesus replies: Love God, Love Neighbor, Love your self.  The Lawyer, "Who is my neighbor?" (or do I have to love anyone_)

Jesus tells of a man beaten and left to die.  Two religious leaders (learned in the Scriptures) pass by.  All words but no actions of love.

A Samaritan stops, puts the man on his animal, pays for him to get better.  What is the message of Jesus?  Bear in mind that the Samaritans were so despised that if the shadow of a Samaritan went over the shadow of a Jew, that Jew went to the Temple to be purified.  So Jesus takes the most 'unclean' unworthy and places him above the religious bible thumpers.  Jesus never calls the Samartian unclean, and later he drinks from the same cup as a Samartian woman at the well.  So just take out Samaritan and add homosexual.

WHEN SCIENCE IS IGNORED IN ORDER TO SPREAD HATRED.

President Museveni of Uganda asked for Ugandan and world opinion on homosexuality (Feb 2014) AN OPEN LETTER from over one hundredd scientists world wide (an from Uganda) stated the following;

 PSYCHIATRISTS AND SCIENTISTS ON HOMOSEXUALITY:

  'Homosexuality is NOT   a) a disease b) mental illness c) a perversion *   - and - it cannot be changed, hence it is NOT a choice."   Museveni, pressured by USA sponsored evangelical churches in Uganda - and a desire for re-election, ignored these scientists.  * With regard to perversion (from Leviticus) there are over 100 abominations that modern day Christians have ignored, but like to keep the "man laying with a man."  Jesus told the Good Samaritan story where he took the most despised (Samaritans) and but the Samaritan above the bible spouting Jewish religious authorities who walked by the dying man.  In other words, you can quote scriptures like today's clergy and have no love in your heart.  God is Love.    If you are a persecuted lesbian please find a home on my site  htttp://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com  NOT a porn site and everyone is welcome.   "All we need is love."  Why look at a person in the sole context of sex?

GOD DESTROYED SODOM AND GORMORRAH BECAUSE OF HOMOSEXUALS.      WRONG.  They were included, but there were other reasons to destroyy both cities.

 Ezechiel 16:49

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. 51 

St. Paul has attacked homosexuals.    No.

Paul tried to stop Temple prostitution in Greece and other places.  The belief was that if you had an orgy (men with men), women with women) and straight sex, the gods would come down and bring luck and happiness to the participants.  Paul did not comment on committed relationships between same sex couples.    Paul in Corinthians speaks of love being kind and patient, bearing no evil, and states that if we are without love with are like a changing bell.  Few extremists quote Corinthians.

Problem with Quoting Old Testament passages.

 1.    Evangelicals like to quote Leviticus that has over a hundred Abominations - some they don't keep like wearing two fabrics on the body:  sleeping with a menstrauting women.  Men are not supposed to cut hair or beard.  A woman not a virgin should be stoned.  Yet they keep "a man shall not  lay with a man." 

2.  Paul speaks that Christians are NOT under the Law (Old Testament) since Jesus came.  Therefore, why refer to Leviticus?  Jesus never mentions homosexuality but people who engage in sex with respect or commitment.  Jesus speaks of marriage as a good thing - but warns about divorce.  How many evangelicals are divorced?

3.  Why would you quote from Leviticus written 3,500 years ago, when starting a fire was done by rubbing two sticks together?  Would you go to a doctor practising medicine 3,500 years ago?

President Museveni of Uganda asked for Ugandan and world opinion on homosexuality (Feb 2014) AN OPEN LETTER from over one hundred scientists world wide (an from Uganda) stated the following;   'Homosexuality is NOT   a) a disease b) mental illness c) a perversion *   - and - it cannot be changed, hence it is NOT a choice."   Museveni, pressured by USA sponsored evangelical churches in Uganda - and a desire for re-election, ignored these scientists.  * With regard to perversion (from Leviticus) there are over 100 abominations that modern day Christians have ignored, but like to keep the "man laying with a man."  Jesus told the Good Samaritan story where he took the most despised (Samaritans) and but the Samaritan above the bible spouting Jewish religious authorities who walked by the dying man.  In other words, you can quote scriptures like today's clergy and have no love in your heart.  God is Love.    If you are a persecuted lesbian please find a home on my site htttp://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com  NOT a porn site and everyone is welcome.   "All we need is love."  Why look at a person in the sole context of sex?

Thank YOU Instinct for sticking including this article about your Black Gay Brothers in Africa. If you ever would consider a volunteer to work with you on Black issue's I'm available.

Again thanks for your consideration

I need a proven quote from all this people who are against with gay people,No-1 quote from bible words that's says to be in love with another man is a seen.
No-2 quote a proven statement that says gay people must treated has such.

Leave your life and forget about what others are doing. You got more important issues to worry about in Nigeria that gays.

faggots!

don't they know sex between a man and another man is tantamount to denying GOD's purpose of creation?

Zaid:  a faggot is a bundle of sticks.

May God forgive you for your ignorance

This is really sad, no wonder a lot of Nigerian gays move to my country South Africa, where everyone is free to live the way he wants. And gays are even entitled to even marry. Nigeria should understand that homosexual is not something you just decide to, its something you are born with. And besides that, everyone has a right to live the way they want to. Who are they to judge Homosexuals. They highly believe in God but they don't believe in his words from bible, ''Only God can Judge, and love your neighbour

I cant believe this is happening now :(

This is deplorable !!

What can we do to stop all this ??.

This is  Nazi Germany all over !!!

It's as if Nigeria hasn't got enough on its place now it's going to start killing  jailing like Hitler in Germany all in the name of religion which God do you guys worship for God is Love without condition.  The blind leading the blind shows lack of leadership such arrogance in the midst of a disaster. It clearly shows a confused country that has got it's priorities wrong and lack of leadership

Nigerians think that somehow that they can get away with this barbarism very soon the boycotts will start we all live in a global village there are consequenses   In this age of human rights and enlightenment the blind leads the blind and there arensompround of a primitive culture no one is imposing any thing on Nigerians.   There are millions of Nigerian Homosexuals what are you going to do with them send all to the gas chambers that's devilish and not God

Such a barbaric country no one is imposing nothing on Nigeria are you going to jail millions of Nigerians who are homosexuals looks around you there are in your family probably your husband, son like Mugabe who is so homophobic it turned out that his son is gay came out openly and put Mugabe to shame that tyranny for you Nigerian should be very careful for this road leads no where but peril jus

Such a barbaric country no one is imposing nothing on Nigeria are you going to jail millions of Nigerians who are homosexuals looks around you there are in your family probably your husband, son like Mugabe who is so homophobic it turned out that his son is gay came out openly and put Mugabe to shame that tyranny for you Nigerian should be very careful for this road leads no where but peril jus

How very barbaric Nigeria aspires to a leadership role in Africa with such barbaric behavior one of the virtues of great nation is the way it's treats its citizens , irrespective of sex etc, such a judge mental, self rightoous society yet so churchous and not Godly for Goddmis love unfortunately the blind leads the blind ,ignorance bliss I guess that eventually half of Nigerians will be killed or jailed for there are million of Nigerians. show can you be proundnofna to display acts of barbarism in the name of a culture is your of the dark ages, hitll

It made my day to read an Open Letter to the President of Uganda before he signs the homophobic Bill.  Find it on the internet or on my site http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com

The letter dispels all the gay myths.  It speaks to the Bill seriously affecting AIDS treatments.

You have to see all the prominent scientific institutions and individuals who have signed this letter.

It is amazing.  No longer can right wing nutters hand out the BS - well, they'll quote 3,500 year old Leviticus.  PLEASE READ THE BILL AND SEE THE SIGNEES.  YOU 'LL BE ON CLOUD 9

Nigeria is an oil rich country, so sanctions will not affect them.

However, they are addicted to soccer.  Nigeria has qualified to play in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup  in 2014.

Write to FIFA and ask them to boycott Nigeria.  In the 1960s FIFA boycotted South Africa for racism.

http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com  NOT a porn site

I am embarrassed that the USA is turning a blind again as they did at the start of the holocaust.  The rest of the world too.  This needs to end.  In Russia, Nigeria, Jamaica, and the whole world.  Where is the UN? Attention gays: we need to come together and figure out how to protect each other around the world before 12 million of us are gassed, tortured, burnt alive, shot, and murdered like Jews, gypsies, gays, and other groups during the holocaust.  NEVER AGAIN means NEVER AGAIN no matter if it is one person or about 7 billion(the population of the world).

hate vs love, which side are you on?

i love the  group of "straight men of god"  that  are on these sites  and pages. looking at nudes  or half nudes  and porn  of men.   then when they feel guilty  about being turned on   they start  quoting the same old  garbage  from that fantasy  comic book they call a bible.   get over it dudes  you really need to just   wank  one out  and get  over it.. if  you are here looking at half naked me then you  enjoy it.   put the book down and  put the tiara  on sisters   its time you stopped hiding behind  a broken cross.

The word "homosexual" does not appear in scripture except in the screwed up pentecostal translations and those of jihadist christians!  Perhaps these mobs should go after the closeted government officials.........who can't all possibly be straight!

Stop giving money to these sick fucks in Africa, let them die of hunger. Perhaps if they were more busy tending fields instead of beating people they would be able to not sponge off everyone else. Screw them and their hateful ways. Religious people will end up killing each other off one by one anyway by using a fictional book to hide behind. We as a world have no need for the barbaric Nigerian buffoons. They are indeed the ne Nazi's of the modern world. They need not ask anyone for help, let these hate filled people die off by way of over population and use of their own resources. They will all end up in hell for what they have done. 

You are clearly in idiot...this is wrong but ur language is insulting,.,this isn't a nation of hungry ppl with flies hovering around them, go read a book before talking...they don't depend on foreign money but gullible "sheepish" ppl like you probably believes most of everything the news tells you...most nigeriAns are not familiar with lgbt so the frown upon it but most of the country does not agree with this level of persecution. But go on being a sheep to the masses

Dear Idiot,
Who the fuck said your money saves us from hunger? Your fucking retarded media always tells you shit to believe..you are ignorant as fuck...secondly, u should not force your practices on somebody else..If you respect them as human beings you should allow them to make their own decisions and suffer their own consequences. .you have no right to judge. You are not better than anybody because somebody doesn't accept your views...you are a fucking neo - colonialist fuck.

Sincerely

Let's not do name calling!  I believe there is a path of reconciliation.  Forcing anyone never works, but a general agreement on 'fair play' and abiding by the Charter of the United Nations on Human Rights allows everyone in every country - equal opportunities to live as human beings.

Where does homophobia come from?  Essentially, I think, from Christians who read the Bible, but not in its historical context. (See my blogs below)

Homosexuals do not try to turn others gay.  This is an impossibility.  Straights can't turn homosexuals straight.  Both orientations should be able to exist side by side.

We need to dialogue - not name call.

Swearing is not the answer nobody is imposing nothing on Nigeria ignorant what are you going to do with millions of Nigerian homosexuals you ignorant moron the blind leading the blind with such self rightousnid

Here's the deal. You can defend Africa on this... But look at the people who do this. Dopes who follow orders like lemmings and then have crappy food (if enough at all), diseases all over the place, and life expectancy not even close to the developed world.

There is nothing colonialist about objecting to beatings and killings of gay people. You use that word as a way to blame others for your pathetic lives with which you have nothing better to do than to attack other people for no reason.  Remember, this is the same continent that thinks it's good luck to cut the legs off of albino people and leave them to die a slow death on the streets. Seriously, people? You are so way more fucked up than some "neo-colonialist fuck" you are condoning this action by using that as an excuse.

Indeed there is nothing colonialist about objecting to beatings and killing gay people..it is totally illogical to attack somebody due to their sexual preference...but the problem here is how this whole thing is being propagated in a society where illiteracy is somewhat high in addition to economic hardships. Most people are looking for an emotional gateway to escaped all the hardship and economic suffering and what better way is there than to feed on a topic that is very hot, politicized, and criminalized. My first comment was in response to the first user's obnoxious reference to Africa as starving..my advice is that if the lgbt want to push their agenda through (which is now unlawful) they must thread carefully otherwise they will continue to be victimized. They need experienced lobbyists who will study the situation on the ground and act on them accordingly rather than go by the imposition method of advocacy which is synonymous to 'neo-colonial' powers now.  

Ignorant FOOL / Dude,

Do you think it's right to maltreat another human being the way it's done at the moment in Nigeria? Stop your aggression against others. Same gender connection have always being in every culture. I'm a Nigerian, so please don't dare to say homosexuality isn't African or the sort. Every human being should be allowed to live as long as they are not hurting others.

This is a situation where some ignorant, useless and weak minded men pounce  on others to prove their manhood/strength. What a shame at this time and age. There are more urgent problems to be solved. Don't you think so instead of being an HYPOCRITE?

Leviticus 20:13
"If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense."  amen

Which God do you worship literal conservative reactionary interpretation of the scriptures for God I'd love and his love is unconditional.  Christianity is not an indigenous African religion was brought by colonialist to Africa t now you are teaching those that taught that good is nothing but love. The blind leading the blind.  Slavery was carried out in the name of God so was colonialism apartheid in South AfricA all in Gods name leave God alone to judge 

THOU SHALT NOT KILL!!

Hey Dylan-

You eat pork? Shellfish? Wear a garment woven with 2 types of material? You are aware that the Old Testament states that these are not allowed as well? You do any work on the Sabbath? People were put to death for these things. and i'm sure you have at least 1 or 2 items in your closet that are a cotton/poly blend. we all know that your underwear is made of cotton and elastic.

You need to pay more attention in church. Major rule is to not judge.

#canigetanamen

dylan doesnt go to church  dylan is  just another  closet case  so called christian who spends all day looking up gay articles  and pictures and  gay porn so he can wank one out ,  then feel guilty about it  so he  starts spewing   the same old bible  song.  he really needs to get laid  in some gay bar  he might snap out of it . 

Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you base your Christianity on an American showbusiness model, you will dance like little bitches to whatever your American "Christian" religion-business masters tell you is important. 

Christianity, unlike homosexuality, is completely un-African. But you all loved the first round of colonial missionaries so much that you invited a second wave from America of your own free will.

@"Jesus was Neither" Perfect comment!! Thank you for your clarity and acute conscience! If only more people could be that smart!....

There appears to be a lot of negative attitude regardless of personal opinions, beliefs or morals ....... why the need to judge others if we don't like being judged ourselves???  . Anyone who treats another being in such a dire and unjust way will receive the negative karma back one way or another. 

These sub humans that beat this group of men are nothing less then savages and they need their asses beat just like they eat these men then throw them in jail FOREVER!! This is inhu,mane treatment and definite violation of Human Rights. Where are the Human Rights agencies in this particular. This type of violence against gays is NOT acceptable and the entire WORLD should be disgusted and outraged that this is allowed to happen to anyone who identifies as gay or lesbian.

Okay, who are you to judge another man. Are so perfect and righteous? This is sickening, to know that I live in a world with people who have this much hate and intolerance for others. You wanna use the bible and God to justify your acts, but even the bible say, " love thy neighbour as yourself." I'm honestly so disgusted. 

World will be better without religious

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IF WE ARE GOING TO DIE IN POVERTY FOR STANDING UP TO DEFEND OUR VALUES AS NIGERIANS, THEN SO BE IT. WE WILL GRADUALLY ERASE NEGATIVE WESTERN INFLUENCE FROM AFRICA. OUR VALUE ARE OUR VALUES. WE OWE NO BODY/PEOPLE AN APOLOGY FOR BEING AFRICANS. COME TO THINK OF IT, THE WEST CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT AFRICAN RESOURCES. #NOTOGAYINNIGERIA

I am sorry that people are offensive to ALL Nigerians and vice versa.  We need to dialogue respectfully without name calling.

 I think we should examine the words "values and culture".

What are some values that straights and gays cherish:  I think they are:  dignity of all humans, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly - honesty, truth and generosity.  Add: kindness, tolerance, non-violence.  Throw in:  love of God, love of neighbor, love of self.  Don't forget: feed the poor, look after the sick and widows.  Important other values:  education, love of country.

Sometimes, we forget that values are shared by most people.  When you take a value and twist it...non-violence and turn it into violence, or tolerance and turn it into hatred....then the value ceases to be a value.  Would you agree  Onuche?

We should not be pitting West versus Africa.    This is a global world filled with technology - where ideas are celebrated.  We can both learn from one another.

Another point, this is a universe truth and based on the United Nations Charter, NO ONE country, NO Religion, NO culture, NO cult - has the right to deprive another human being of basic rights.  Nigeria and the world must allow everyone these basic human rights.

Let's work together. Dialogue brings education to BOTH sides.  Peace, Love and Joy to all of the earth's children.   http://stories4hotbloodedlesbians.com

You will erase "Western negative influence" and then beg us for drugs, food and disaster assistance. Ugh. If you think African resources are necessary for our survival...you ought to think about it the other way around.  Westerners will live a lot longer with out resources from Africa than Africa can lives without resources from the West. 

Defend away and die in poverty.... stand by your principles in your shoeless feet and tattered clothes and governments that don't care.  If they did, would Africa be the hell hole that it is now?

Perhaps the most interesting part of your comment is the fact that you speak from a colonized mentality.  Before becoming a port through which other people from African nations were sold, the people of that land held views that embraced all acts of love.  Before greed swept in and aided mental illness in the form of violence, caring for family was just that.  Misplaced interpretations of colonialism masking as Christianity is your current state of existence.  Getting rid of Western influences is not your problem ONUCHE.  Your challenge is to rid your heart and that of your people of Northern influence.  U.S.A., Canada and the western hemisphere are all but colonies.  The original invaders are right at your doorstep.  It is always easy to look outside but take care of home first, Brother.  Your violent reaction is planned and celebrated by those who are so excited to erase you and your people from every inch of existence.  Your actions support your demise and have no real reflection on Nigeria but on the success of those who own that land and that place in your mind and spirit.

Africa is a dirt hole long forgotten. You only have a bit of oil and we already take that.

This is so sad...cnt believe that africa is turnin against their own people just because of their sexuality...wish there was sumthing that cud be done....my fiance and I r gettn married this year but it kills me to knw that there r some gay,or like me lesbian couples that cud nva get married!....jst sad ryt nw...*pls God help us,hear us wen we call yur name pls*....I pray for those gay ppl at nigeria and think that we as south africa must take a stand...

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