You’d think America’s first African American president would be respectful of traditional African culture.
He’s too busy bringing the Light of Civilization to Africa’s savage and benighted masses.
The Nigerian Senate passed a bill last fall prohibiting same-sex civil unions and marriages in the country. (Here’s a copy of the bill. It’s fascinating to see a bill only four pages long–and that includes the cover page and table of contents!)
The bill would have little practical effect, since Nigerian law already prohibits “carnal knowledge against natural order.” And, according to Forbes, the bill enjoys overwhelming support from most Nigerians, who consider homosexual practice taboo.
But it turns out that 19th-century colonialism and paternalism are alive and well in Obama’s Washington. And The Great White Father still knows what’s best for his black children. President Obama has threatened to cut off aid to Nigeria if President Goodluck Jonathan signs the bill into law.
In addition, the U.S. State Department has announced that LGBT issues will henceforth be a central point in our foreign policy, and Obama has issued a memo ordering American diplomats to “advance the rights” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in other countries.
The predictable result has been outrage in Nigeria.
Speaker of the House Beni Lar said that the National Assembly is “strongly opposed” to same-sex marriage, despite “threats” by some Western nations.
Senate President David Mark:
No country has the right to interfere in the way we make our own laws because we don’t interfere in the way others make their own laws.
Minister of Information Labaran Maku:
Between Europe, America and Africa there is a huge culture gap. Some of the things that are considered fundamental rights abroad also can be very offensive to African culture and tradition and to the way we live our lives here.
Rep. Zakari Mohammed:
We have a culture. We have religious beliefs and we have a tradition. We are black people. We are not white, and so the U.S cannot impose its culture on us. Same sex marriage is alien to our culture and we can never give it a chance. So if [Western nations] withhold their aid to us, to hell with them.
So now we support the coercion of a traditional culture that refuses to roll over and remake itself in our image?
Whatever happened to respecting and celebrating cultural diversity?