Christian conference launches anti-gay marriage declaration
Among a bunch of deranged Christians who gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to fight the legalisation of gay marriage was Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, above.
According to this report, Ajulu-Okeke wants other countries to follow Nigeria’s example in persecuting gays. In Nigeria homosexuals can be punished with a 14 year prison sentence and being part of a social group or organisation that supports homosexuality can result in in a 10-year jail sentence.
Delegates to the conference – organised by the International Organization for the Family (IOF) – heard the woman claim that young people are being “lured into homosexuality”, and it’s a threat to national survival.
The delegates, who came from Australia, Singapore, Malawi, and other countries to collaborate on strategies to stop any more countries allowing same sex couple access to marriage, applauded the ambassador as she spoke of Nigeria’s anti-gay laws, commending them for apparently protecting marriage.
Ajulu-Okeke claimed that Nigeria’s young people need to be educated on the “dangers” of homosexuality and that economic migration is turning people gay.
Many Nigerians youths, especially those involved in illegal economic migration, have fallen prey to homosexual practices. Many Nigerian youths abroad are now becoming gay because of economic inducement, either to legalise their documents or to get jobs and they bring diseases like HIV/AIDS back to the country.
Ajulu-Okeke and other delegates then put their names to a declaration vowing to fight against marriage rights being extended to people who are in gay relationships.
The Cape Town Declaration reads in part:
We are of one mind on the bedrock of civil society, on the basis of that first and primordial community called the family: We affirm the dignity of marriage as the conjugal bond of man and woman. We embrace it not as the parochial practice of any sect or nation or age, but as the patrimony of all mankind.
The Australian delegation included Lyle Shelton, above, head of the Australian Christian Lobby and Dr David van Gend from the Australian Marriage Forum.
The Australian Christian Lobby said it was pleased to have met up with similar organisations from around the globe and highlighted that only a minority of countries allow same sex couples to wed.
Sheldon said in a statement:
With just 23 of 190 United Nations member countries having redefined marriage in law, the new global marriage movement is determined to prevent further slippage and to win marriage back where it has been lost. It is exciting to be part of a global movement which is not giving up on the truth about what marriage is.
Also attending and signing the declaration was Singapore’s Pastor Lawrence Khong. The religious leader is an outspoken supporter of Singapore’s laws which criminalise homosexuality. Wong has previously described calls for the laws to be repealed to be part of an “insidious conspiracy”.
South Africa was represented by the Reverend Kevin Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP). Meshoe’s party has previously opposed condoms being promoted as part of programmes to stop the spread of HIV. His party believes abstinence and marriage would be more effective.
The ACDP also expressed its opposition to the age of consent for homosexual sex in South Africa being equalised with age of consent for heterosexual sex.
Bob McCoskrie, founder of New Zealand’s Family First organisation was also in attendance. McCroskie was one of the leading voices against the introduction of marriage equality in New Zealand.