I feel like Nigerians are the most homophobic people in the world. There is a difference between not approving something and being so hateful & exhibiting violence towards people engaged in that thing you do not approve of. Disapproval and violence/any form of persecution do not have to go hand in hand, and that’s what most of us do not realize. My motive for writing this post isn’t to support homosexuality or encourage people to become gay, let me just clarify before I go on. I’m a practicing Christian, Catholic to be precise, and I believe that homosexuality is wrong. That’s what my faith teaches me and that is what I believe. For all those people who say “The Bible actually never says anything about homosexuality”, LOL you people are so cute. I present to you, Leviticus 20:13- “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” and “Leviticus 18:22- You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”aaaand “1 Corinthians 6:9- Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality…”
Moving on from ignorance… The Church also teaches me that lying, fornication, stealing, adultery, and so many other acts are wrong. I don’t want to go into the whole issue of “Are all sins equal before the eyes of God?” because so many people have told me that “Sin is sin. ALL sinful acts are equal” but come on, is stealing a pen from a billionaire with a billion pens equal to killing a 5 month old child? I’m sleep sha. Anyways, I just find it somewhat weird how so many of us have labeled homosexuality as THE ULTIMATE SIN! There’s always some argument or the other on facebook or twitter about homosexuality, and I just stay wondering “Did I miss something? Did God reveal to everyone that homosexuality is the gravest sin on the planet, except me?” Now, before people jump to tear me up with comments, I am not trying to belittle its gravity. I’ve just noticed that people ALWAYS act like they’re holiest-than-thou when discussing homosexuality. And for all those who love throwing Bible quotes left and right, here is one I’ve noticed you love to conveniently forget, “And as they continued to ask Him, He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7 – Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)”. All the society/self-proclaimed hoes stay hoeing around, and the young males stay praising their ‘badness’, yet when it’s time to condemn homosexuality, everybody brings their bibles out and becomes Senior Pastor Doctor Archbishop Deaconess, preaching about fire and brimstone. May I just remind us of 1 Thessalonians 4:3- “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication” and 1 Corinthians 6:18-20- “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”? All we liars, can we remember Proverbs 19:9- “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.”? We all sin, every single one of us, so what is it that makes us think that we are 1039204849045% more righteous than gay people are? This is a legit question btw, it’s not rhetorical lol.
I spent yesterday with my friend and my 27 year old cousin, and I can’t remember how we got to the topic of homosexuality, but then my friend mentioned some video in which they were beating some gay people up in some part of Nigeria. Me I’ve never seen this video before, and from the way people describe it, I’ve sworn to myself never to see it. So my friend and I were like, “Can you imagine? Omg, that’s just insane! Gosh, people are so homophobic, what the hell?” and all that, and the next thing, my cousin says “I know you would probably judge me for this but I actually support people beating gay people up that way”. You need to see the way my jaw dropped, I was like “WHAT!?”. I feel like I was more surprised because of the fact that my cousin has lived outside Nigeria for a long while in a much less homophobic environment, and has worked with and probably befriended quite a few gay people. In Nigeria, almost everyone is SOOO homophobic and so many of us have that “Kill all gay people” mindset, so that’s why I’m never surprised when I see all the hateful things I see on my twitter timeline. But you can understand my shock when I heard my cousin say this. And the thing is, just that same yesterday, I’d heard him talking to one of his gay workers on the phone; he was really joking with him and all that, and you could tell that he really liked this coworker as a person. So I asked him, “Are you saying that you would approve of people beating that your friend like that?”, and he said “Yes, I actually would. You can beat homosexuality out of every single gay person”. My mom beat me a lot as a child (bc I was stubborn as hell lol) and I promise you she beat me out of sooo many bad habits! So yes, I do believe beating (beating in moderation oh, not abuse) works in a good number of situations haha but NOT in this one. Gay people claim they were born that way, just like we were born heterosexual. Now, think about it, can someone beat the living heterosexuality out of you? Is it possible? Imagine you are kidnapped and taken to a place where you were seriously persecuted for being hetero. You could pretend like you’re gay but you yourself you would lowkey KNOW in your heart of hearts, that you are still straight. He said he believed that gay people are just trying to imitate what they see on tv; that it’s because they see their favorite celebrities coming out as gay that they want to imitate and then they become self-proclaimed homosexuals. The thing is I KNOW that there are actually people that do this. To be honest with you guys, before, I thought that EVERY SINGLE Nigerian ‘gay’ person was just lying to feel different and hella cool. I’m not even kidding, like that’s how I felt about EVERY SINGLE Nigerian homosexual lol. But now, I don’t think that every single gay person in the world is lying. There are many fake homosexuals yes, but haba, what about people that are going through serious discrimination and violence? Like why would they just choose to live such troubled horrible lives? There are mentally challenged people out there that might actually just choose to live such a life of mystery but haba, there are sooo many gay people in the world right now, are you going to tell me that they are ALL pretending? If you feel so, please comment and give me reasons why. I actually really want to discuss this issue, and hear as many opinions as I can!