WCF Gives Horrifying ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award


The World Congress of Families, one of the most extreme anti-gay organizations in the world, has announced this year’s recipients of its lifetime achievement awards. Right Wing Watch reports that one of them is an enthusiastic supporter of brutal gay criminalization laws in her native Nigeria.

Also receiving an award is WCF’s own African regional director, Theresa Okafor of Nigeria, who also heads the conservative groups Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH) and Life League Nigeria.

Okafor’s group backed Nigeria’s recent ban on all same-sex relationships, which included a ban on gay people meeting in groups of two or more. The ban quickly led to arrests of reportedly dozens of people alleged to be gay. In January, FACH joined a coalition of NGOS that commended Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan for signing the law. In April, FACH shared on its Facebook page videos of a press conference it organized in support of the bill in which speakers called homosexuality “abhorrent” and compared it to alcoholism.

In a speech to the World Congress of Families annual gathering in Madrid in 2012, Okafor speculated that Western countries advocating for gay rights in Africa were involved in “a conspiracy” to “silence Christians” with the terrorist group Boko Haram. “Unfortuntately, in Nigeria where I come from, we have these fundamentalists, the Boko Haram – I’m sure you’ve heard about them in the news – bombing churches. They seem to be helping some people in Western countries who are out to silence Christians. The Boko Haram are targeting Christians in Nigeria, so you wonder if there’s a conspiracy between the two worlds,” she said.

I swear, if I hear one more Christian bigot claim that there’s some alliance between gay rights activists and reactionary Muslims I’m going to the top of the nearest clock tower with a rifle. Who is closer to the totalitarian and bigoted views of Boko Haram, the gay people they want to kill or the Christians who only want to imprison them for life and push laws that result in a huge increase in violence toward gays? If the answer to that isn’t incredibly obvious, you need a big steaming glass of Wake the Fuck Up.

Comments

  1. matty1 says

    I have a family and never got invited to the world Congress, I don’t think it’s really a Congress for families at all

  2. says

    Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
    ***
    2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

    The Bible says they will be persecuted, so damn it, even when they are in the majority they will bloody well make sure they are being persecuted, even if they have to twist reality to make it so!

  3. busterggi says

    I don’t remember voting for a representative in the World Congress of Families – sounds like a phoney congress to me.

  4. Olav says

    Ed:

    I swear, if I hear one more Christian bigot claim that there’s some alliance between gay rights activists and reactionary Muslims I’m going to the top of the nearest clock tower with a rifle.

    You need to be really careful with that sort of language.
    (But I understand the sentiment.)

  5. Trebuchet says

    I don’t remember voting for a representative in the World Congress of Families – sounds like a phoney congress to me.

    Sort of like the one in Washington, DC.

  6. says

    I don’t if WCF is listed by the SPLC as a hate group. I hope so. I feel sorry for the little girls, but if Nigeria has the time and manpower to round up gay people, they should be able to handle this themselves.

  7. =8)-DX says

    Unfortuntately, in Nigeria where I come from, we have these fundamentalists, the Boko Haram – I’m sure you’ve heard about them in the news – bombing churches. They seem to be helping some people in Western countries who are out to silence Christians.

    Um, so you have this group that is basically called “West(ern education) is EVIL!!”, and they are somehow chums with some people in the West? The disconnect is strong with this one.

  8. zmidponk says

    Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    Hmm. Given stories like this, if the Bible is true, does this not suggest that the people who are ‘blessed’ and will be ‘rewarded in heaven’ are actually gay people? Somebody, please suggest that to the nearest wingnut and see if their head explodes.

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