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.