Controversy

Gay marriage and morality

By Macdonald Ogu Esq

 

In, recent times the glamorization and legalization of gay marriages have been on the upsurge in the developed world. It all started with the recognition of homosexuality as a socially acceptable lifestyle unlike in the past when it was viewed with revulsion by refined minds. Emboldened by this social acceptability, the homosexuals now started agitating for gay marriages recognized by law.

Netherlands reacted to the agitation and became the first country to legalize gay marriages, followed by Belgium and Canada in quick succession. The then President of America George Bush resisted the pressure to legalize gay marriages in the United States in 2003 arguing that it is unscriptural and unnatural. But unfortunately the subsisting president of America thought otherwise and hailed the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States which legalized gay marriage. Nevertheless, there are many Gay Couples in America today with over 5,000 Gay couples said to have wedded in 2005 South Africa and a few other countries legalized it.

Homosexuality is a barbaric, perverted and unnatural act whereby persons of the same sex have intercourse together. In other words two men,” known as Gays, can have sex together. Similarly, two ladies, known as Lesbians, can have sex together contrary to the provisions of nature. But God created human beings and even animals as heterosexuals who can have intercourse and procreate within a matrimonial home.

The Bible condemns both Gayism and Lesbianism as abominable and unnatural in Romans 1:26-27. In Leviticus 20:13 God demonstrated his abhorrence of this abominable sexual perversion by prescribing capital punishment for offenders.

Some homosexuals argue that they have an inborn, irresistible tendency to be sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. Others say they simply enjoy it and are, therefore, entitled to their lifestyle. This is preposterous. Such strange unnatural sexual feeling is indicative of demonic influence or personality disorder which requires either divine deliverance or psychotherapy, not complacency. It is like a spoilt, overprotected young man who has an Oedipus complex manifesting in a repressed desire to kill his father and marry his mother. He should not be left alone; he needs the attention of a Man of God or a psychotherapist.

Legalization of homosexuality and gay marriages is ill-advised and morally reprehensible. The implication is that sodomy an unspeakable and most abominable brand of sin, has now been clothed with respectability and could be practiced openly and brazenly in countries that approve it. It is quite disconcerting that the Western nations which once held the touch of enlightenment and religious piety have now tumbled into the dark abyss of moral depravity. They have regressed into Stone Age barbarism reminiscent of the perverts of Sodom and Gomorrah.

As developing nation we must realize that the moral anarchy being witnessed in Western Nations today is the cumulative result of extreme secularistic humanism which despises religious values. There was a time in the West when the church as the custodian of piety and social norms, lifted its voice against social vices while the State maintained regimental control over social behaviour. Social deviants hid their heads in shame.

But with the de-emphasis on religion and the adoption of secularistic humanism as a process of acculturation, the educational system produced a new generation of libertarethos. They advocated for a free-wheeling permissive lifestyle which permitted people to behave the way they liked without inhibitions. Consequently, all the excesses of the innate negative propensities of the human nature which were hitherto curbed by religious sanctions were let loose. It was in this kind of social climate that advocacy for gay rights came to the fore in the West.

In the light of the foregoing, human rights in Nigeria should be evaluated within the context of public morality and the religious sensibilities of the people and not just the legal consideration alone. If these social bridles of religion and morality are overlooked in the consideration of human rights, then we give free rein to moral anarchy. Since some human rights advocates in Nigeria only echo the pet ideas of their foreign sponsors, most of whom are libertarians, not minding the incongruities of such ideas in our social and cultural milieu/ the government of the federation which demonstrated it displeasure over this unnatural phenomenon should always be ready to intervene to ensure moral sanity in the country.

 

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