Friday, January 20, 2006

I was sent this viral email by a young chap this morning:

>Dear All,
>A pornographic movie
>is being shot and is intended to
>show up in America soon, which shows Jesus and his disciples as
>homosexuals!.
>Similar to a play that has been in the Theatre halls
>for a while. It's called Corpus Christi" which means "The Body of
>Christ".
>It is a revolting joke on our Lord. But we can make a
>difference, that's why I'm sending this e-mail to all
>of you. Could you, please, add your name to this e-mail's
>list's end? If you do so, together we may be able to ban this movie from
>being shown in America. Apparently, some regions from Europe have
>banned the movie already. All we need is a lot of signatures!
>Remember, Jesus said: "That who deny Me before men, I will also
>deny Him before my Father which is in heaven."
>Please, do not simply forward!!!
>Please, select all the text by dragging mouse down on
>this message. Copy message (CTRL+C), then select "compose" or go to inbox
>then
>new message which gives you a new email page, position
>cursor in the message box & paste (CTRL+V).Edit any unwanted
>text, add your name at the end of the list and send to all your contacts.
>When the signatures get to 500 names, whoever is the 500th name,
>please forward this email to: homasg@softhome.net And
>then start it all over again.... IF WE WORK TOGETHER WE CAN
>MAKE IT!!!
>Thanks!"

On the back of a heavy night pondering the atmosphere of extreme intolerance Nigeria is falling into thanks to the move to completely criminalise homosexuality, I wonder how much longer I could live in this place. Not that I bale out easily - but on the other hand I am fortunate to have the freedom to be able to live elsewhere. Thoughts such as "why would I continue to put myself through this experience - it not being my country or my fight?" seeped into my head. Nigeria doesnt appreciate how utterly backward these decisions make the place look - a place where human rights count for nothing.

1 comments:

Anonymous,  3:51 pm  

Jeremey, Is it fair to leave our fellow human beings in the lurch because they are not the same nationality as us?
We need to realise as human beings that what we do in one place in the world carries to everywhere in the world like ripples in the pond.
Should every true Democratic person in the US have fled the country when G. Bush was reelected? No. Because like a big dog that barks at you as you walk bym you can always remind him of what power he has, by stepping just outside the range of his leash.
This is why I'm about to leave a cushy government job in my country and come to work for Human Rights as a volunteer in Nigeria in 3 weeks.
Only in the darkest can we see how much light a candle of hope can cast around. The candles must stay in the darkness. that is where they are needed most.

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