Nigeria got a real tongue-lashing from John Kerry. Little African nations full of minorities are supposed to do what we tell them to do. To the devil with their voters and their elected office holders—just call us up here in Washington DC or, as we like to think of it, World Rule Headquarters, and ask us what public policy to adopt.
Nigeria just passed a law that not only prohibits same-sex marriage but penalizes other homosexual conduct.
Of all the problems in Nigeria, including the ongoing persecution of Christians by Islamic terrorists, the U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the African nation’s new law banning same-sex marriage.
“The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement issued Monday. “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians,” the statement said.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly signed the bill into law on Monday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), those convicted of entering into a same-sex marriage or civil union contract face up to 14 years in prison. The bill also prohibits anyone from performing or witnessing same-sex uinons; and it bans gay clubs, gay meetings, etc.
Kerry’s statement said the law is “inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.
“People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality,” Kerry continued. “No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love. We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.”
Kerry’s stance on Nigeria has never been matched by a consistent stance on Saudi Arabia and its laws against homosexuality. Nigeria has been having problems with Islamic terrorists who kill Christians, believe in killing homosexuals, and are probably given at least moral support in the Saudi kingdom.
In fact, when CNS News wrote the State Department’s Uzra Zeya, the acting assistant secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. State Department., and asked if she had an opinion on the laws against homosexuality in Saudi Arabia, they got an amazing lie as a reply:
Zeya’s press officer said her office did “not have a comment on specific countries,” even though Zeya had “singled out Russia” back on Oct. 24 and 25, and on June 19.
Further, while neither Zeya not the State Department press office would comment on Saudi Arabia’s rule on the death penalty for homosexuals, the human rights country report on Saudi Arabia relased in 2012 says, “[C]onsensual same-sex sexual conduct is punishable by death or flogging. It is illegal for men ‘to behave like women’ or to wear women’s clothes and vice versa. Due to social conventions and potential persecution, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations did not operate openly, nor were there gay rights advocacy events of any kind.”
And now Kerry is singling out Nigeria by name. Too bad the country is not strategically important enough at this point in history to get better treatment from the State Department.