There is no denying that homosexuality is unacceptable in many religions and cultures of the world. Christianity condemns it unequivocally and Islam also dislikes it. The Catholic Church abhors it and Ndigbo consider it strange and abominable; hence its translation as arurala ndi Sodom.
The obnoxious practice referred to in Rom1:27-28 dates back to ancient times. It is unpopular and offensive to the majority of people. Yet, a small but politically and economically powerful lobby, especially in the developed countries, push in favour of the so-called gay-movement. They are unrelenting in their effort not only to pass homosexuality off as “natural” but also to force others to accept it.
The developed countries want Africa and Africans to accept and legitimize homosexuality. Britain even threatened to cut aid to African countries that violate the rights of gays and lesbians. Except South Africa, Africa seems united in the bid to outlaw homosexuality.
In Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan signed “The Same Sex Prohibition Act” into law making it illegal for gay people to even hold meetings. The act also criminalised homosexual clubs, associations and organisations with a penalty of up to 14 years in jail. Last week, again, the Federal High Court under Justice Nnamdi Dimga dismissed a suit seeking to register Lesbian Association in Nigeria on the ground that it is contrary to the existing law and public policy.
Uganda has a bill which would punish “aggravated” homosexual act with life in prison. Gambia said homosexuals should be decapitated and Senegal once cautioned the United States against imposing its values beyond their borders.
But the homosexual lobby has also been active on the church. The Catholic Church has, however, been resolute in its condemnation of homosexual acts. On the other hand, the Anglican Communion has not been that resistant, as sections of the church in the United Kingdom, United States Canada, New Zealand and South Africa permit same-sex marriage and even the ordination of gay clergy.
Sections of the Anglican Church have approved and celebrated same sex marriages although, the 13th Lambeth Conference passed a resolution stating that “homosexual acts are incompatible with the scripture.” In 2003, the church watched with shock as Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest in the Anglican Communion and apostolic Christianity became Bishop of New Hampshire in the US. His ordination was controversial and caused division in the church.
It is clear, however, that the homosexual lobby will continue knocking on doors now and in the future. The recent rejecting of their formal registration in Nigeria shows how strong the global lobby still is and Nigeria’s resolve to shut its doors against it.
It is left to Nigeria and other African nations to remain firm in their resolve not to accommodate it legally or culturally, whatever the lobbyists and bullies say.
The church must be unwavering in its rejection and condemnation of homosexuality, bearing in mind that it is God’s representative on earth.