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    I realise that the Nigerian society is steeply religious albeit blindly, deeply hypocritical. while morality is needful to maintain certain bounds of acceptable behaviour and can never be over-emphasised, yet it does appear that mindless clinging to faith obscures the view of many. this is a hotly contested issue and I think it takes conviction to stand where Prof Soyinka stands. Ours is a society of ease, mental laziness. I myself are caught between an obligation to shared faith with those who matter to me and a keen sense of justice for issues such as this. It’s unfair that, people only learn empathy when they are victims otherwise, they are white robed priests on their high moral horses.

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    In as much as our highly nobel laurate can’t oppose or back the so called proposed law, he should be remembered that such behaviour or/and action is not even African as he himself claim to be. Except one is a fool, no right sane person will condone such immoral act or reversed biological trend as espoused by the erudite prof.Our legislators should do what is right and fear the day of reckoning when all of us will be called to account by our Creator.

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    Martin Efe obazee

    My dear anonymous it is people like you who (I want to believe can read and write) sees the truth and embrace lies. If you carefully read the moral and biological points espoused by one of Nigeria’s proud gift to mankind – who is respected the world over, he is vehemently opposed to such legislative wasteful and deceitful exercise.
    The creator also created gay and bi-sexual people. You are blinded by your religious impaulse that u cannot even understand that our erudite prof is opposed to such laws. Please remain anonymous with your shameful response to a courageous and factual piece. Thanks prof. Soyinka for your tireless service to an ungrateful nation who sees light but turn to darkness as others embrace and acknowledge what is a biological fact.

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    God cannot be mocked. Your intellectual gift can never equal the Holy Bible which is a guide. The write-up below will be relevant on this issue.

    ”Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her: “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said: “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

    In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself. And we said OK.

    Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

    Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

    Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

    Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says”.

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    Obinna okafor

    I quite respect Prof. soyinka’s contributions to the legislative zealoltry of legislators. I also do not agree with him totally that it was not a matter that our legislators should have kept silence to. The U.S presidents Barak Obama, the prime minister of Britain, south African presisdent and other world leaders and sectarian aothorities have also made their stands/voices known on this isse. The issue being discussed is now a global topic of discuss. Nigeria with its position in the comity of nations cannot be silent over it as the problems was spilling over to us. It is neccessary that our stands as a nation is made known. The legislators exercised their prerogative responsibility of making laws guiding us. The issue if not given a guiding law will not stop at the consensual relationship between two consenting adults but will become over time a norm on the bases of the fact that its globally accepted and if not nibbed in the bud on time will amount to an infrigement of rights when raised in the future. As a nation with varying ethnic groupings, strongly religious and with similar cultural values cannot be silent, give a deaf ear or pretend not to show concern on issues challenging its ethno-cultural values. If not spoken against will amount to Nigeria being without guiding leaders. Lets not forget that Nigerians are the most widely travelled Africans. With our enormous populations scattered all over the globe we pick foreign matters and treats either good, bad or ugly.

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    Adefemi Afolabi

    Intellectualism, Spiritualism, Sociology, Biology, Constitutioinalism, Democracy, Politics,Literature, Culture, and more are on display in that write-up by Professor Wole Soyinka. Each of them has its rule of engagement. That we allowed a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to remain in the Senate after violating two nations’ law is no reason to condemn our representatives (elected, selected or rigged in)for legislating on an issue they coinsider to be of national importance. Let us exercise our constitutional right to elect people who will legislate on other issues of ‘greater and more urgent’ national importance in the next election in 2015. I look forward to a law that will give any Nigerian the locus standi to take a corrupt politician to court for corruption instead of just the manipulable EFCC, for instance. A law that will allow one to take that ‘paedophilic’ Senator to court without having to be the parent of the young girl. I believe that if the zealot majority were homosexual, the vote would have swung to the other side of the divide. That is politics and democracy interacting with the other ‘tures’, ‘isms’ and ‘ogy’ I stated previously. Finally, I conclude with my words or theme for the outgoing 2012, which I am tempted to retain till after the 2015 elections, “Choices have consequences. Choose right always”

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    It is a pity if at this age and time someone still claims God made some people gays and lesbians… It is the satan who based on his request from God to encircle Adam’s offsprings and get companions in the depth of hell fire that is deceiving those that form such groups, if we should follow the conjecture of biological theory then we should not create any consistution that will guide the affairs of people in every nation which is why God gave His commandments and laws to His messengers so that mankind will not just be without guidance and direction. For those supporters of gay and lesbianism rights, let them abolish all laws so that there won’t be any infringements. To hell with them and their apologists.

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    Soyinka is not a scientist the last time I checked. It’s like that evil he helped created in the University of Ibadan, Cultism, and if you like Satanism. It grew wings and ended in the spewing of innocent students’ blood, sometimes because of ordinary girlfriend fight. He doesn’t want us to hold him accountable for that, but in a rather twisted but curious manner, he wants Sanni Yerima to be sentenced to prison/purged in accordance with Egyptian and Nigerian laws for his pedophilia. Well, Mr Soyinka, sorry, you will be seriously disappointed this time. Gone are the days you could speak some grammar to catch attention and promote some hideous monster in the society, we will not accept homosexuality in Nigeria, PERIOD! Your argument about democracy is half, the other half which you conveniently ignore is that democracy is the rule of the majority. YES, majority owns democracy, there’s no where in the entire world where minority dictates to the majority in a democracy, sir. If you like, bring biology or chemistry, so far as several people have been “born” homosexual before and have now been “born again” as normal human beings by renouncing the despicable behavior, so long we’ll continue to see those “science” as bogus. Yeah, the same way Prof. Awe regretted what you did together in UI. By the way, does anyone notice how these people avoid INCEST in their arguments, why not come out boldly, we know that’s what you guys will start, yes INCEST RIGHT, after achieving your universal GAY RIGHTS. You’ll meet your Waterloo in Africa though. There’s no University of Technology, Calabar in Nigeria though. Oga gay rights activist, Chido Onumah, you have done well by directing traffic to your site, but I’ll advise you to look for something else to do. Using Soyinka to promote your nonsense while blackmailing our elected lawmakers has it’s disadvantage, Soyinka is not without his own negative contribution to the society too, I am sure you won’t to destroy his legacy at his twilight.

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    Also the spoke of Hollywood, where
    Hollywood writers seemed to put a gay person on every single sit-com and at
    least one scene or character in every single movie – stating that wasn’t right
    because there just are not that many gay citizens in our country by proportion.
    Then they spoke of the ““gay agenda” in our politics in Washington DC, in our
    entertainment manufacturing, at our college campuses, and claiming that the
    GLBT crowd was preying on adolescents who are going through their own hormonal
    awakenings, thus, in a way brainwashing them as they are confused about the
    changes in their own bodies.

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