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Marriage March Sponsor Wants Gays in Prison

As the Supreme Court considers two marriage equality cases, the National Organization for Marriage and other religious right groups are holding an anti-equality march in Washington, DC to pressure the court. And one of the sponsors of that march is Family Watch International, which works around the world to keep laws in place that put gay people in prison, or even to death.

Sharon Slater, American anti-gay activist and president of Family Watch International, recently encouraged delegates attending a law conference in Lagos, Nigeria to resist the United Nations’ calls to decriminalize homosexuality. Keynoting the Nigerian Bar Association Conference, Slater told delegates that they would lose their religious and parental rights if they supported “fictitious sexual rights.” One such “fictitious right” is the right to engage in same-sex sexual relationships without going to jail…

In Nigeria, homosexual behavior is illegal and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. In the Islamic North, where Sharia law is enforced, gays can be sentenced to death by stoning.

According to Family Watch International, Nigeria is a role model.

This is hardly surprising. Remember, every anti-gay Christian right group threw a temper tantrum in 2003 when the Supreme Court overturned state laws against sodomy. Ultimately, that is what they want, homosexuality to be criminalized and gay people put in jail, or in forced therapy.

Comments

  1. doublereed says

    What’s frustrating is that a lot of anti-equality folks go under the guise of “compromising” because they don’t want to jail/kill homosexuals.

  2. says

    One such “fictitious right” is the right to engage in same-sex sexual relationships without going to jail

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could demonstrate– or at least assert, officially– that this right is not just non-fictitious, but recognized in civilized countries?

    This reads exactly the same to me as saying it’s a fictitious right to engage in eating a plate of lasagna without going to jail.

    Or a fictitious right to play a round of golf without going to jail.

    To curl up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate without going to jail.

  3. Alverant says

    Or a fictitious right to play a round of golf without going to jail.

    Hey, if I wanna play 18 holes at 1am I have the right to do it! The golf course is oppressing me by closing at 9pm!

  4. says

    “Sharon Slater, American anti-gay activist and president of Family Watch International”

    What a sad, small, person to dedicate her career, and make it her life’s work, to hate, oppress, and endanger people who do her no harm, and encouraging other people, and nations, to do the same.

    In the decades since the scales of bigotry and ignorance fell from my eyes, I have been able to enrich my life with a broad diversity of friends from across the spectrum of human gender possibilities. I had excluded so many wonderful people from my life!

    There’s a lot of love in the world, and it comes in all shapes and sizes and varieties.

    Love is good.

  5. raven says

    They came for the gays, but I wasn’t gay.

    They came for the Democrats, but I was an Independent.

    They came for the scientists, but I was a high school dropout.

    They came for the atheists, but I was a Pagan.

    They came for the Pagans, and oops, all my friends had already been gassed.

    Really, if you let the haters like the Sharon Slaters of the world run around loose, you always end up with huge piles of dead bodies. That is one of the main features of civilized societies, they have put the religious kooks on a short leash made of steel and Kevlar.

    Under xian biblical law, it is estimated that 297 million Americans would end up dead under piles of rocks.

  6. cptdoom says

    According to Family Watch International, Nigeria is a role model.

    Because the north of the country embraces sharia law? I thought that was supposed to be bad? Or is this one of those “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” situations?

  7. Michael Heath says

    To Gretchen’s excellent point, nearly all of us confuse the issue by asserting the existence/non-existence of rights vs. the proper approach, which is to instead consider the government’s authority and obligations on infringing or protecting certain rights.

    I’m sure many readers here are sick of me pounding on this point, I am; though in this case it’s nice we’re collectively criticizing a target of Ed’s criticism rather than someone in this venue. I remain committed to continually pounding home how our own sloppy rhetoric increases the likelihood we’ll observe fallacious claims that John or Jane Doe has no right to do “Y”.

  8. says

    Well, duh. Of course they have to be kept in prison until a proper stoning party can be formed.
    You wouldn’t want them running around infecting people after they’ve been convicted of gayism in the first degree, would you?

  9. says

    Gretchen @ 2

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could demonstrate– or at least assert, officially– that this right is not just non-fictitious, but recognized in civilized countries?

    Heck, that right is recognized in the not-so-civilized US.

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