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Gay Nigerian Christian Leader Escapes Angry Death Mob

A gay Nigerian Christian leader was brutally beaten by an angry mob outside a funeral ceremony last week. He suspects that anti-gay efforts within the Anglican church were behind the attack.

LagosSays the unnamed leader: "I am in total shock and living in fear while feeling the pains. I suffered in the hands of a mob group that attacked me at the Service of Songs for Davis’s late sister. While hymn singing was going on a muscular man walked up to me and asked me for a word outside the compound. The next thing I saw was a mob group who were there to attack me. They started slapping and punching me, kicked me on the ground and spat on me. I have never known fear like I knew when they were brutalizing me. I thought they were going to kill me there and then. While beating me they were shouting: ‘You notorious homosexual, you think can run away from us for your notorious group to cause more abomination in our land?’ Those who attacked me were well informed about us so I suspect an insider or one of the leaders of our Anglican church have hands in this attack."

According to Changing Attitude Nigeria, the thugs told him, "We will not rest until we silence you and any who join you to pollute the land with the abominable act of homosexuality. You are perverts who go around corrupting and inducting young people into our evil society. We will kill you and it will be a favour to the country."

According to the group, Archbishop Peter Akinola and the leaders of the Church of Nigeria have encouraged violence against LGBT people in the nation.

Gay Nigeria Christian Leader Narrowly Escapes Death in Brutal Attack [uk gay news]

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  1. Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

    Steven Weinberg

    - I think that sums it up.

    Posted by: Gregus | Mar 24, 2008 12:23:19 PM


  2. Even though we face anti-gay violence in this country, I can't imagine what it would feel like to know your life is in constant danger--just for being you. But some would argue it's still so important for African (and East European) gays to come out of the closet. If they do, they are to be admired and supported in any way we in the West can. If they don't, can we blame them?

    Of course, there are those transgendered gays who could be in a closet period.

    I still believe an Obama or Clinton presidency with openly gay members in the administration would send a message to the rest of the world. Or am I drinkin' that Kool Aid y'all keep talking about. Still, it's better than having a president whose religious based foreign aid policy promotes & condones this kind of inhumane bullshit.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 24, 2008 12:38:14 PM


  3. You know, the Romans had it right, tossing the Christians to the lions.

    Posted by: Tread | Mar 24, 2008 1:28:03 PM


  4. I would much rather endure eternity in hell than worship a God who condones acts like this.

    Posted by: Taylor | Mar 24, 2008 2:40:19 PM


  5. Gregus,

    Evil is as evil does regardless of matters related to religion, political power and/or fear. Though those treating others cruelly may think they are "good", that does not make it so.

    It is true that regision is responsible for horrific events, but before we condemn all faith for such horrors, it's important to note that Davis Mac-Iyalla and the leader who was attacked are people of faith confronting evil that hides behind fear and hate-based religion and social "order." They are heroes in my eyes, and my efforts in the struggle pale by comparison.

    Posted by: KJ | Mar 24, 2008 4:39:50 PM


  6. I believe that humans who indulge in homosexuality are less than animals as such Mr 'Gayman' is lucky to be alive. He should have been killed!

    Posted by: Chu | Jan 25, 2009 1:17:45 PM


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