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Regina Askia asks ‘What is the difference between South Africa’s xenophobia and Nigeria’s law against homosexuality?’

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Regina Askia Williams 2Former beauty queen and former Nollywood actress Regina Askia took to her Facebook wall earlier to talk about the fact that a lot of awareness was raised against the xenophobic attacks in South Africa while it wasn’t the same for the homosexuality bill passed in Nigeria a few months ago.

She asked ‘What is the difference between South Africa’s xenophobia and Nigeria’s law against homosexuals?’

Read her post below and weigh in:

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92 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    They are two different things entirely so she no dey make sense to me….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Author Unknown

      May 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Both acts are discriminatory, which isn’t right. That’s all she’s saying. Not sure what is so difficult to understand here.

    • Living large

      May 28, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Abeg, explain how they are different.
      You didn’t pick to be born in your skin color, to your parents and country. You didn’t pick which sex you’d be attracted to. These people didn’t pick it either.

      Ignorant people discriminate, saying it’s not in our “culture”, but then point to the Bible and Christianity which, I’m sorry to remind you, is not part of our traditional religion.

      Live and let live.

  2. Charles

    May 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Rubbish!

    • Dami

      May 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      @ Bruno

      Pele, wipe the tears from your eyes. You are such a drama queen. You are living in Naija right? Have they sent you packing? No. And I’m sure nobody is stopping you from sleeping with men. There are gay Naija living there, the anti gay bill is not affecting you, and many others. And if you feel uncomfortable jejely pack your loads and move abroad America will receive you. Now if you think you want to be marrying each other, men to men professing their love, Nigeria is not ready for that. America, the land of freedom to do whatever is not the best country morally not everything they say or do is right. And it doesn’t mean civilization or they are more advanced bcos they allow anything. Even here, homosexuality is still frowned upon. Many gays don’t just do anything openly, which shows that it’s not a normal thing. Why do you need people’s validation? Homosexjality will forever be frowned upon no matter what the agenda is to be more accepting of gays. Many Americans still believe in a man and woman. So, for those ignorant Naijas who see America as utopia just because they allow you to do whatever, self destruct yourselves doesn’t mean that they are better off in that aspect. It will still come back to bite them. Every group and country should have rights to live by their own rules. You see how nobody should interfere with Saudi Arabia, the women from wearing their hijabs or say Indonesia ban on drug trafficking etc the west should stay out of our business.
      And for those like Regina Askia, Bruno and many others still putting slavery, apartheid or ethnic hatred in the same category. I’ll say, you are ignorant who just wants to justify inappropriate things. When you get denied from access to things in America bcos of your skin color then you will realize racism is the worst. When someone gets killed for religion then you will know there are worst issue than men crying bcos of their attraction to other men.

    • commmy

      May 27, 2015 at 9:29 am

      WELL SPOKEN DAMI I SUPPORT YOU FULLL GROUND

  3. bruno FIERCE

    May 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    regina aiska, u read BellaNaija, I said this some few days ago

    many of u nigerians are so wicked. I see many of u shouting “if you’re gay leave nigeria and go to america or europe”

    let me ask you, who gave u the right to chase a nigerian citizen out of his/her country. who are u to chase a citizen out of their country.

    do u know how many families u are going to tear apart. do u know how many mothers who will never see their sons again. just because u are wicked and intolerant and can not live and let live.

    what is the difference between you, a homophobic intolerant person and the white slave masters who tore families aparts during the slave era.

    someone like bisi alimi cant come back to his own country, nigeria because of this useless anti gay bill.

    when his mother or father or uncle or anty dies so he won’t be able to come back to bury them.
    when his sister or brother is getting married, he can’t attend the wedding because of this anti gay bill.
    if he comes back to nigeria he will be arreated or even worse killed. he has received so many death threats on instagram ftom so many nigerians.

    many of u, don’t know what ur supporting, if u like keep supporting the anti gay bill, just know u are tearing someone’s family apart.

    • Ada

      May 26, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Unlike other countries, no one in Nigeria actively chases homosexuals! Why don’t keep your bedroom antics to yourself and carry on as normal? If you don’t want to tear your family apart keep your business on the downlow

    • bruno FIERCE

      May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      @ada.
      I am going to marry you or ur sister so I can use u or ur sister to hide my business on the downlow.

      abi u like secrets and lies and pretenders. okay oh

    • justify

      May 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      People are free to their religious beliefs and i don’t agree that homosexuality and skin colour are the same thing (never been scientifically proven). However i don’t see the point of criminalising acts between 2 consenting adults. The question i want to ask bruno is how do you justify your own blatant sexism while screaming about gay rights? ?????

    • P

      May 28, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      i can see ur so much trying to convince urself…ehya….cos u dont even have a strong and reasonable basis for wat ur saying…if we dont have the right to send them to america…that simply means America does not have the right to dictate what should be law anywhere else…so also u urself dont have the right to influence our decision…if you are gay, deal with it n if u cant, turn to Jesus for help..
      I give a thumbsup @Dami
      @living large…even our tradition does not support it…fnk God for the grace that the Bible teaches…our own trad would have cut down their head for the Gods…maybe u should study history more…lolz #myadvice
      n @Regina, guess u shld consult you dictionary for differences

    • P

      May 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      d first part is @Bruno

  4. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    May 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Please walk on by = Bye Felicia. ??

    Looking forward to dem comments and expecting the retarded ones that will say gays are not human beings

  5. aisha

    May 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    SHUT THE F UP WOMAN, stop seeking attention in Social Media when its is obvious Nigerians have forgotten about you.
    Everyone thinks they can open their mouth and discuss abominations and rain insults towards their own country.
    Go to Dubai or Saudi Arabia and even raise any voice to criticise their culture and get your consequences.
    How many times have you seen anyone try to force down their ideas on Moslem countries on these issue of Homosexuality ?
    Haba ! if this world were meant for a man to man, how do you intend to procreate. Will this senseless woman be born today.
    Let the stupid ones keep promoting this abomination and soon we wont need another world war to wipe out the world.

    • nene

      May 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      gbam

    • H

      May 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

      @nene. you don’t know more than “gbam”.. *eyes rolling*

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      You have been filled with so much hate and anger that you have now abandoned all reasoning.
      How did she rain insults on Nigeria?
      From the way you mentioned “Dubai” and “Saudi Arabia”, I am quite sure you are one of those semi-exposed people who think Dubai is a country.
      What concerns what Regina said with muslim nations? Is Nigeria an islamic state?
      You are using the procreation argument? Then surely all sex that does not lead to conception – even those between a man and woman – must be termed abominable.
      You are the stupid one here and your mentality is nothing short of an abomination.
      Homosexuals have existed since forever and I don’t recall WWI, WWII, The Crusades, the ancient Greek-Persian wars, Genghis Khan’s conquests, every civil war in history or any other war being caused by homosexuality.
      Nonsense.

    • Rotimi Lawanson

      May 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      You are really an idiot. If you cannot understand what he is saying then shut up! We have our culture and spiritual beliefs here and we will never accept homosexuality. These western countries are hypocrites. They will shout at Aftican countries for not accepting homosexuality but will keep quiet when they meet Arab leaders. They dare not mention homosexuality! We have approximately 70 million Muslims and about the same number of Christians who hold on to our spiritual and religious beliefs. Regina should shut up and go back to America where people are competing to be naked in the name of fashion.

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      May 26, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      @Aisha: small time now you go begin cry why some people hate Muslims with a passion and see them as barbarians. ?

    • ACE

      May 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

      God bless your heart. End of discussion .

    • SISI WURA

      May 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

      @Aisha I love the beginning of your sentence. Regina Askia and her notice me or I die syndrome, we have seen you abeg go and rest .

    • her

      May 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

      My dear aisha,if you see something that isnt just and you dont speak up against injustice,you are the same with the oppressors.do you know how many gay ppl has been forced into the closet,I dont think homosexuality is something that can be cured by religion or medicine.HOMOPHOBIA is unfair,we have to respect our differences……I dont see anything wrong with people loving who dey want and not being scared to show it snatching such freedom from dem is d same as chasingand killing foreigners.dose peeps talking about Nigeria not chasing gay people away,hope u guys know dat dey is no law to protect dem…..there is actually a law that prosecute them.I respect countries like Ireland thar left behind the religious doctrines and voted love and equality.we should all learn to tolerate.

  6. A Real Nigerian

    May 26, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    She is right! There is absolutely no difference between homophobia and xenophobia.
    Nigerians harbour so much hatred for the LGBT community that it makes you wonder why? Is it because of their religion or what?
    In a failing country where immense greed, moral degradation and serious corruption are rampant and incessant, you can’t help but ask why Nigerians don’t hate these things as much as they hate homosexuals. To them, being gay is horrible and disgusting – more so than anything else.
    Are homosexuals the issue? If someone is homo, what exactly is your business? Like she says, live and let live.
    The last time I checked, your neighbour being a homosexual does not in anyway affect you, your family, other people, or the society in a negative way, but that same neighbour being a greedy politician who diverts and hoards funds meant for community development…yes, that is the neighbour that is messing our nation up. But hey, guess what? The average Nigerian will try to suck up to the politician just to satisfy his immediate needs!
    The gay hate is simply illogical and senseless.
    Give the average Nigerian a pistol and ask him to choose between a rapist and a young gay man, and I’m quite sure he will empty the gun’s contents into the latter without hesitation.

    • commmy

      May 27, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Hey [email protected] A Real Nigerian They do affect the society in a very destructive way, mentality of the kids are destroyed when watching two men holding hands or kissing like morons, very soon even the kids will start practicing it. would you like your kids to be Homo too? these are spiritual devilish thing which satanism has succeeded in forcing into the world for acceptance. is not a mental state or born to be, let’s wipe out that stupid claim by some people. if you have to live as a homo then do it in a secret and not open and no one will interfere into your life. Shame some wants to be whiter than the white or even more American than the Americans.

    • anon

      May 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Your idiocracy is such a double edge sword. Naturally you and your kind eventually get culled by your own defective genes. Such poetic justice. Love it.

  7. fred

    May 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Wen pple whom younger generation luk upto as role models talk n behave as if they were not raised by Nigerian parents, one wonders where exactly dis world is heading to. Simple morals should guide us. Even Africa religion forbids man sleeping with man. It is abomination to Islam n Christianity.

    • NaijaPikin

      May 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Is adultery not a sin in islam and chritianity. Why are they not sentencing cheats to 14 years in jail?

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Ask him. Ask them.

    • moonlight92

      May 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Your comment baffles me ….you talk of morals, how painful it is to hear it. Is fornication and adultery nt moral degration? Have anyone chastise those acts as homosexuals? Cum on be rational and give proper reasoning towards dis…’live and let’s live’ is d key. Ask urself how morally standard are u. Do nt hide under d canopy of christianity cos we re all hypocrates.

    • prince

      May 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

      What religion are you talking about. the same religion allows you accept chieftaincy title from a demon serving Igwe (king). the same religion allows you embezzle funds made for the public for your personal interest. What exactly is our problem in this part of the world. This is why we are like this. NO PROGRESS!!!

  8. JohnnydFox

    May 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    “In through the out door”…hmmmm.
    Methinks there’s definitely something not right with this, no matter how you view it.

  9. sugar cookie

    May 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    well am not here to talk about right or wrong, but they are both different situations. first and for most Nigeria has got much more issues to deal with at the moment that out way been gay, another thing is we are yet to fully develop to that level to handle such sensitive issues, i guess u must have seen what happens to nations that bite more they can chew or are giving leverages as some thing as good as democracy and it totally destroyed them, please stop comparing us to western countries because a whole lot of them still have alot of issues with the whole gay issues, let alone an african nation, where some ppl or parent have never heard of the word gay or even understand what you mean when u say some one is gay, so please lets take things easy, and when u stay in a place like american and start judging it will not sit well with ppl, , bcos they know u dont get it, we have a whole lot of more life threatening issues to deal with in other to make life good, not the gay talk, what will that do for the nation at the moment

  10. Mya

    May 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    So she’s this DUMB?……..

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      She’s dumb because she’s speaking out for equality?
      So you’re this primitive?

    • prince

      May 27, 2015 at 11:12 am

      AND YOU’RE THIS STUPID AND SENSELESS

  11. Teenaa

    May 26, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Ndi ala every wr, cn u imagine d maggots gushing out of dis woman’s mouth, it’s so obvious she’s trying to stay relevant, maybe wen ur son brings home his groom den u’ll wake up to d abominable act! Mscheww

  12. Babytohcute

    May 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    End times! Watch and pray.

    • Babytohcute

      May 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      End time*

  13. le coco

    May 26, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    @aisha.. i duno wt the hell you r blabbing.. is anybody promoting abomination.. we r promoting tolerance.. for your fellow human being.. please stop spewing rubbish about procreation… isnt procreation one of nigerias biggest problems.. mtchew… 160 million ppl.. nd you r still tlking procreation.. mtchew.. LIVE AND LET LIVE… hu someone loves isnt anybody’s business.. of all the problems nigeria has.. gay ppl r the least.. pleae.. give us light, fuel, and tackle corruption.. then we cn talk

    • commmy

      May 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

      @ you are promoting tolerance to what? negative tolerance or positive one?

  14. lola

    May 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Enough of all thses gay talks jare.Everywhere u go,someone is always talking about Homosexual as if that is d most important thing in this country.

  15. Ja'si

    May 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Just for your informate, If you are gay you can now come to The Republic Ireland, the soon to be gay capital of the world and live your dream. Still fresh and smarting from last weeks Same Sex Marriage referendum Yes Vote, the country’s new majority is basking owambestically in the euphoria of the world-cup like victory and as i type this now there is no chill in the LGBT camp, emotions are so high as public snogging, smooching and allied affection are freely on display, if you dey vex go and enter plane comot lol. Adam and Steve, Madam and Eve, Gerald Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzgerald all can now marry. BN be informate

  16. Politbru

    May 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The gay community has a very strong voice and backed by the media and governments especially western governments; that’s Ok. But in the same vein, freedom of speech and indeed free speech is here being construed or misconstrued as homophobia. Why should the west ban cigarette smoking especially in the public? Because it’s injurious to health. But not all who smoke die of cancer or die young.anyway. Why the ban on narcotics? Every society decides what’s good for her. What about those whose human right and sensibilities are being abused by forcing strange cultures down their throats? This matter is very sensitive to us in Africa regardless of whatever anybody thinks. Africa has always had gay people in their milieu but a flagrant abuse or display of some certain alien culture will be frowned at even in the next 100 years.

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      “What about those whose human rights and sensibilities are being abused by forcing strange cultures down their throats”
      Hahahaha. What a lame thing to say. Who is forcing anything down anybody’s throat? Our society has now turned to one where asking for equality now means something is being forced down your throats?
      What human rights are being abused? Do you know what human rights are? How does someone having a partner who is of the same sex an abuse of your right? Wtf?
      “Why should the west ban cigarette smoking especially in the public? Because it’s injurious to health. But not all who smoke die of cancer or die
      young.anyway.”
      Smoking was banned not because of the people who smoke, but because of the people who are affected by the smoke. How is a smoky environment even a good thing?
      You are trying to relate the anti-gay act with the smoking ban, but no. You’re wrong.
      Public smoking, unlike homosexuality, is harmful to people who are not involved in the smoking itself.
      Gay people showing affection in public or anywhere else is in no way harmful to you as a person.

    • Rotimi Lawanson

      May 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Nigerians rejected homosexuality overwhelmingly. Whether you like it or not, this is a democracy and the majority have spoken. Incidentally with over 90% of our population saying NO to homosexuality the case is closed. Please relocate to US and go and live out your dreams

    • Politbru

      May 27, 2015 at 9:13 am

      You ain’t getting it here, pervert.

    • bruno FIERCE

      May 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      @politbru.

      what are you saying,

      “What about those whose human right and
      sensibilities are being abused by forcing
      strange cultures down their throats?”

      I dont think u know what “human rights” are.

      pls explain to us how ur human rights are being violated because of gay people. just give us one instance , just one.

      gay people are being imprisoned for 14 years in somes cases life inprisonment or the death penalty.

      lesbian women are being raped in uganda because they are lesbian
      gay people are being thrown from the top of buildings, bullied in school, etc for being gay.
      gay people are being fired from their jobs for being gay
      gay people are being evicted from their houses by their landlord because they are gay
      and so on and so forth.

      so pls how is ur human rights being violated as a straight person (heterosexual)

      instead is it gay people’s human rights that are being violated.

      pls tell us why you’re afraid of gay people. why are u intimidated

      homophobia is just so stupid. I’m sure u have never met a gay person before in ur life.

      “every society decides what’s good for her”

      I can bet my life these are the same words they told mary slessor when she tried to abolish the killing of twins.

    • prince

      May 27, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Bruno, haven’t you noticed something extraordinary about the gay people. apart from the fact that they are like the best fashion icons in the world. they are always the best at whatever they do. just like you rightly asked, an ordinary homophobia person will always be intimidated by a gay person because of the gay personality.
      Simply put GAY means HAPPY and LIVELY

    • Paloma

      May 27, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Always on the defense side for gays…smh

  17. Politbru

    May 26, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    To the best of my recollection, no gay person has been killed or publicly harassed and their property looted in comparison to the South African Xenophobic chaos. A flagging career in show biz can be resurrected but not with sensitive comments that are capable of bringing more pressure on the gay community. A discuss on the gay issue should be encouraged to determine why it is such an issue with some people and how anybody feels should be respected both for pro and anti gay camps. NOBODY has the right to stop me from being disgusted by the fact that one man prefers another man to a woman in an amorous way.

  18. Efee

    May 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Honestly when people cannot answer a question sensibly/logically without vitriol or hate, they resort to raining abuses or insults simply because they do not agree with someone’s views…why can’t people grow the hell up?
    To me, Regina asked a valid question. I typically view this issue from the perspective of can you not disagree with someone’s choices without being hateful towards them? I believe you can. So yes as a Christian, I do hold the bible as a standard that shapes my principles or world-view but gosh we can apply our “beliefs” with good intention, with love or a neutral heart but not with hate and a stupid sense of self-righteousness (that you are better than person x or y). If you receive a backlash for that then at least you know your hands are clean before God. I say backlash because the truth is some homosexuals (singling out because of topic of discussion) never want to associate with anyone who does not support their lifestyle even if that person still shows them love and kindness. So what connects the two as Regina asked? It is hatred…. for your brother (because. of xyz reason). The point being if you carry hate in you towards someone because they are homosexual believe you me you are just as culpable as someone who has justified xenophobia and acts on that hate accordingly. Finally can people STOP deluding themselves that one “sin” is more grave than the other or put the other way – better than the other….sin is sin! I haven’t seen in the bible (pls correct me if i’m wrong) where it singles out homosexuality as the worst…please see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 for example.

    • Oluwalorami

      May 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      @Efee, I greet you in CHRIST. I have said before on this forum that I believe from what I see in HIS Word that GOD (“so loved the WORLD that HE gave HIS only begotten SON that WHOSOEVER believes in HIM will not perish but will have EVERLASTING LIFE”) loves those caught in the homosexual, etc lifestyle but HATES the lifestyle/the sin; and the Bible is quite clear in several places, even in its last chapter that homosexuals, practitioners of all other sexual sins, and other sinners including for example, liars, will NOT get into Heaven.

      I do not support hatred of homosexuals, they are people, they are completely loved by GOD; being a former sinner – I say that because I must acknowledge CHRIST’s sacrifice and its benefits i.e. that I am “the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST”, and therefore, GOD calls me saint, where I would say “sinner saved by grace” – now redeemed by The BLOOD, I love the people, I hate the lifestyle. I can eat and drink with, care very deeply about the one friend who is openly homosexual (not in Nigeria) that I know of, can invite himself and his partner for lunch but would not invite his partner and himself to spend the night or a weekend in my home as I do other friends, neither would I also ever do the same in theirs. Why? I cannot abide the lifestyle and cannot see or be in any situation where I know beforehand that I would see it practised, neither encourage passively or actively anything or situation that would encourage its practise.. I just want to make that distinction: GOD and HIS Word, Will and Way come first and superior always to me; HIS love and compassion for homosexuals never makes HIM suspend or change/twist/adapt/’modernise’ HIS Law/Word/Standard (HE is too holy); neither, therefore, should I. Political correctness and modernity are not the qualifications or requisites for eternal life.

      I do not yet know of anywhere in the Word of GOD where homosexuality is specified as the “worst sin” but by the principle of the punishment fitting the crime, GOD does clearly see some sins as worse than others. Also, all sexual sins are considered serious, major sins.

      Starting with the very same I Corinthians 6 you mentioned but just a little further on:

      “15 Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!
      16 Or do you not know and realize that when a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? The two, it is written, shall become one flesh.
      17 But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.
      18 Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
      19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
      20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.”

      The apostle John records an example of differing degrees of sin from the life of Christ. Notice what Jesus says to Pilate during His trial: “Jesus answered, ‘You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin'” (John 19:11). Christ’s statement to Pilate verifies that there are greater and lesser sins.

      The principle of proportionate punishment states that the more serious sin requires more severe punishment. Consider the method of punishment for broken laws in ancient Israel. Were all the punishments equal? No! The punishment for kidnapping was death (Exodus 21:16), whereas the punishment for stealing livestock was their restoration (Exodus 22:1).

      This principle dictates that the punishment must fit the crime. The Romans called it Lex Talionis (literally, “law of retaliation”). Many people know of it from the Bible’s vivid description:

      “. . . life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (Exodus 21:23-25)”

      God uses this principle in His judgments—greater and lesser punishments for greater and lesser sins.

      The apostle John speaks of how some sins do not lead to death and others do:

      “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death: I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is sin not leading to death. (I John 5:16-17)”

      Jesus speaks of this sin in Mark 3:28-30:

      “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”

      In Hebrews 6:4-6, Paul explains another way that can lead to the second death:

      “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

      He expands on this in chapter 10:26-27:

      “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”

  19. Anonymous

    May 26, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    The only retarded ones are those who do not allow contrary views like you. If Nigerians are this bad why are you still alive as a gay man?

  20. cindy

    May 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    No. Homophobia in Nigeria is not the same as the Xenophobia in SA. No one is killing anyone here so I disagree with your comparison Reg.

    • Glo

      May 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Honestly, its comments like yours in this forum that makes me wonder……is it that you and some of Bella Naija Commenters are too young to understand Regina’s message or that the Western Education you guys have gotten so far is very poor?

  21. le coco

    May 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    madam regina…. joseph zuma? really? ok bye

  22. bruno FIERCE

    May 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    you women are the ones that hate gay guys the most. I laugh at all of you, cause at the end of the day, it is u women that will suffer it very well.
    let me explain.

    what stops a nigerian gay guy from marrying you (or ur sister or ur cousin or ur aunty) and using you (or them) as a cover to cover his homosexuality. many of u girls that are desperate for marriage.how will u know a guy gay is gay? if a gay guy doesn’t want u to know he is gay, u can never know. all the stereotypes u see on tv about gay people are false.

    or do u think a gay guy can’t have sex with a woman,Lool. u are misinformed if u think gay guys cant sleep with women. the only thing is ,he will shut his down emotionally,his body will ne having sex with u but his mind will be dead or he will be visualize u as his boyfriend while you people are having sex.

    when u spend 30 or 40 years married to a man who u thought loved u and was attracted you but in reality never loved u and was never attracted to u but only used you to hide his homosexuality, then ur eyes will open.
    cause at the end of the day, u will find out ur husband of 30 years is gay. it is happening in america and around the world.

    if u like don’t allow gay people to be with them selves.

    someone like me, I will soon get a girlfriend/fiancé, cause people have started asking me why I don’t have a girlfriend/fiancé. I pity that girl. abi u want to force everyone to be straight, we shall see.
    by the way, i am not gay *wink*

    stop criminalising people for being gay. if u like u women dont show ur support for gay people, gay people will continue marrying you women.

    • gallant

      May 27, 2015 at 2:21 am

      Bruno, y are u scared to admit ur a gay, y are u shy, becos u know its bad, biblically God who created u frowns at it, sodom and gomorrah praticed it, you know the story, pls let’s not allow the devil to use us as instruments, well its END TIME am not surprised

    • pim

      May 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Don’t you think this your threat is quite empty?
      Women should accept gay so they don’t marry gay husbands.
      You really expect women to think about that vain point of yours?
      Women should also accept those who sleep with animals and corpses so they don’t mistakenly marry them.
      Bolo!

    • her

      May 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

      I love gay men and I encourage people to be demselves and be happy.it is sad to force people into d closet.there is nothing degrading in being who you truly are.

  23. Ebiere

    May 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    First of all, I applaud Regina for asking a very good question and I am happy that one nigerian celeb can be bold enuf to speak on this issue as many shy away from it..
    Most of you here are HYPOCRITES…and I will say it over and over again especially to awon christian haters. Now I don’t know about Islam but I know PLENTY about Christianity. According to what my lovely brother EFEE said “no sin is more grave than the other before the lord’ and yet you are all making it sound as if it’s the worst. Correct me if am wrong but I think that it says somewhere In the book of John that ye should judge not so that thou would not be judged, so why are you heaping curses and hate words on the homo’s? Acting as if they have committed the biggest sin of all…I can bet that some of you have just finished sleeping around, lieing, stealing and cheating yet you have the audacity to point your finger at a man because of how dirty he looks when you are covered in dirt yourselves. I am sick and tired of the holy and morally upright attitude that nigerians portray! It’s nonsense! ! You claim to go to church yet you say such utter nonsense about your fellowhumans. If it disturbs u dat much then pray for him or her.. I thought that that’s what you all do.
    @those who said nigerians have not been killed by homophobes, have you bothered to make research on the cause of the rising number of suicide cases? Yall have such venom in your mouth that can kill. You push a man into depression just because he’s gay or effeminate and he goes down so deep and turnsto suicide as a way out. I don’t care what you call it! It’s murder in my books. I lost my best friend in the uni to this issue so i should know more about it. I’m done with yall

    • over

      May 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Please be done cos I am trying hard to grasp your point.
      If there is a rise in suicidal attempt amongst homosexuals, it drives home the point they need to seek medical help.
      So long as Nigeria has frowned at homosexuality, it stays that way. Anybody with a contrary view, feel free to move to Jupiter.
      The raging propaganda on gay-rights brews nothing but evil.
      Society is upside down with likes of you. Morality thrown away to the winds.
      Very soon, incest will be pushed to be approved. And a sane human will tell me, consent is inherent, so it’s normal.
      A man sleeps with a man=abnormal
      A father sleeps with a daughter=abnormal
      A human sleeps with an animal=abnormal!
      Homosexuality is sexual depravity. They should seek help: mentally, psychologically, spiritually too!(i am certain it’s demonic!)

    • Paloma

      May 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

      GBAM! on point

    • leo

      May 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Aunty Ebiere, say what?
      Please what verse in John?
      Cos John 7:24 says Judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgment.
      So????
      My points:
      The quickest verse your type rush to is ‘Judge not’
      If a kidnapper kidnaps your relation, why do you condemn the act?
      But if a christian condemns homosexuality, you say they are judging?
      You said sin is sin. But you are sadly the hypocrite here, seeing there are ‘sins’ you condemn and the ones you tolerate.

  24. Tee

    May 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I am sorry to say but there is no validity to the question that this woman asked. First and foremost, no one is killing anyone in Nigeria for not being a citizen of Nigeria living in Nigeria. Second, we have more important things to think about as a country. Wiith the fuel scarity and instability of power suppy does she really think the government has time to be discussing such trival issues? No. Last but not least, how does it concern her what the governement says about homosexuality? It just amazes me how some Nigerians carry the load of other people on their heads like gele.

    In my opinion, as a Nigerian youth, these so called “Nigerian celebrities” can look for other ways to impact the country. For example, discuss issues that can help the Nigerians, like how the government can find better ways to create jobs for graduates. Discuss how the government can help build up public universities. Discuss how the country can move forward and so on. These are the kind of things we want to hear from celebrities who claim they want to make a difference. These and these things can help Nigeria as a country move forward.

  25. Tee

    May 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    *That can help Nigerians

  26. Su

    May 26, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I can’t believe she’ll come out and say this, killing people and not wanting same sex practice are two different subject, they are posit especially trump one is human life and other is a lifestyle, if this is a come back for you to enter Nigeria movie again, please this was not needed, it disrespectful and end of comment, living in the states should not brain wash you to this extent! No more comment, she needs educating, especially in 2015 common sense would have informed her that those two are not interconnected! Robish again!
    She makes me feel sick that she will even bring that conversation, what does people killing people because of work or what so ever have anything to do with the Nigerian legislature forbidding a practice? Who even considering that being a factor why South Africans are killing other Nigeria for you to even say what the difference, girl like are you high? Are you that stupid? Big difference one is law, other is physical harm and not practical especially when we’re in 2015 deport is deem must not killing human lives, girl ur – up! My name is suzie, and I say fuck you for lack of sense! Idoit!

  27. nnenne

    May 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    The difference?
    The former is the killing, destruction of properties of foreigners, while the later made it unlawful to be gay in Nigeria. The former kills you, and/ or loots your property. You have no previous warning it will happen to you. The later merely puts you in jail and warns you even before you set your feet in their territory. You have a choice to stay away from the beginning.
    Does that answer your question. Regina?

  28. Ay

    May 26, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    We are a bunch of Hypocrites, we are perfectly okay with collecting monetary aids and charities from the western world, but small thing we will start shouting abomination. How does two adult of the same sex – affect me and my family? the answer is that it does not. You guys don’t know that our opposition to gay rights is treading in dangerous waters, if the west and the east should accept it and they start sanctioning us, it will destroy our already crippled economy. Social issues are not about religion or tradition anymore, they are also about the economy. The reason why Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar can be headstrong is because they can stand alone, God! we import more than 70% of what we use to survive from these countries. If you hate gay people so much, stop using the computer and phone cause the modern logarithms on them were made by a gay man (Alan Turing), Tell Nigerian government to start fighting Boko Haram with spears and horses cause a gay man (Leornado Da Vinci) conceptualized the weapons and flights they are using thereby making there invention possible. Gay people have contributed to the advancement of the world than Nigerians have, what have we invented and what are we contributing to the world? FACE YOURS, I FACE MINE

  29. missthing

    May 27, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Hmmmm sipping my cold tea,na wa ooooo.

  30. Omoba

    May 27, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Mumu if your mama and papa were Gay i wonder how they would have given birth to you

  31. tunmi

    May 27, 2015 at 2:18 am

    About this “forcing things down our throat” part folks love to mention. In the past 24 hours there have been 2 heterosexual engagements and one too many posts of women satafying their men, all in heterosexual relationships. If anything is being forced down anyone’s throat, it is a heterosexual lifestyle. Right, I forgot about the video asking what women would do should they catch their husband visiting a brothel.

    • Politbru

      May 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

      What’s your point exactly. Sounds like blabbing to me.

  32. Anon

    May 27, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Gals got a point. Live Let Live. No one is forcing their bedmatics down your throat. Homo sexuality is not contagious. Wetin concern una with with another person’s genitals. I suppose if you are a failed person the only way to feel better bout yourself is to think you are better than someone else based on trivialities such as race, religion, sexuality, gender, money. Here’s some news to you homophobes, just becos you are heterosexual doesn’t exactly make you fuckable to other heterosexuals in fact some of you are repellant . just becos you are heterosexual doesn’t mean you will make heaven. Your homophobing doesn’t make you holy, got notting to do with morality it’s got everything to do with your monkey size brains and your inadequacies. And finally if the only reason some of you bigots have sex is to breed and populate the world then could you just do the world a HUGE favour and stop replicating your idiot genes.

  33. pepenono

    May 27, 2015 at 6:45 am

    dis is amazing! imagine a man said I want man! Ahahhahha mental problem, d world is design in a such a way dat man go after woman or woman go after man so if u go contrary to d law of nature den there is somtin wrong with the person! even if d world so go blind n accept gay jus as Nigeria govt accept corruption dat does not justify it to b right, u want to marry fellow man den go and adopt some one baby right? N for you chukwudi Igbo boy for dat matter u ar proud to b gay right? may God hv mercy on u,

    • nnenne

      May 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      @ Anon…4:43…Have you heard about, ” norms, values,, culture, setting limits”?
      If Chinese people decide to dine on frogs, who are you to tell them otherwise?
      If some countries decided to make prostitution legal, who are you to argue with them?
      Majority of Nigerians are against gays and that’s why the bill could pass.
      Whether it is a good thing or not is another story. Around the world, people differ, countries differ. The world is not uniform. We have to learn to accept people/ places for what they are.
      Nigerian youths need to always pay attention to the word, “unique”.
      Our copy, copy is getting out of hand! !

    • anon

      May 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Okay. Nuff said. From the twisted way u reason is the same way you read and interpret the bible. Read your last sentence to yourself. Over and over again.

  34. puzzles

    May 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

    My opinion:
    1. Regina Askia is wrong for comparing South Africa’s Xenophobia to Nigerian’s stand on Homosexuality. Last i checked, no one’s properties has being destroyed nor has anyone been killed because he’s homosexual.

    2. Homosexuality is a choice. No one is born homosexual so pls people should stop spreading that propaganda

    3. i live in Nigeria, and in the opinion of those i have discussed this issue with, they DON’T CARE if u’re homosexual or not. Nigeria has bigger issues at hand to face than the sexual orientation of (admit it) a very small percentage of Nigerians. if i know my neighbor is homosexual, how that one take konsign me?

    3. Homosexuality is a SIN against God, so is PREMARITAL SEX, ADULTERY, LYING, STEALING, and the like. So if u’re condemning Homosexuality, hope u’re doing the same for the others.

    4. Treat homosexuals the same way u want to be treated . Jesus said the Golden Rule: Whatever u want men to do to u, u must likewise do to them. Does this mean i’m in support of homosexuality? No. I share God’s view on it.

  35. Amy

    May 27, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Please dear you can encourage your family members to be one.all you so called celebrities do accommodate immoral act just to get famous

  36. ima

    May 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    who says supporting gay rights makes one civilized? That’s how they got people falling in line. The media and western govt has made it seem so. I strongly disagree with punishing anyone for their sexual preference. I prefer the way it has been- no recognition- Countries like China go about it this way. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Organised religion, traditions world over cannot all be wrong these past centuries. comparing xenophobia and Nigeria’s law against homosexuality is not smart at all. Gays are free to be themselves, then others who re against it should not. Is that fair? sometime ago, Elton John and others said no one should pratonise Dolce and Gabbana for airing their views on gay and adoption. The next day, the same Elton posted a photo of himself holding their product. Wait a minute! we wont live by the dictates of the 1%. When you say its fine, then its fine. When you say its not, then its not.

  37. feeyonah

    May 27, 2015 at 8:33 am

    To compare Xenophobia and homosexuality is very ridiculous.
    Xenophobia: individuals are killed/maimed just because they are foreigners.
    Homosexuals in Nigeria are placed behind bars for 14 years.
    Being a foreigner is not an act. Its one’s identity. You are born Nigerian, Ghanian etc. To be killed for that is atrocious.
    But homosexuality is itself an act! A sexually depraved one. If a country decides to enforce moral acts, they are justified.
    Xenophobia people lose their lives, the law in Nigeria does not have them killed.
    Xenophobia is unlawful..but the decision against homosexuals is a Law in Nigeria(approved by majority)
    People wake up everyday with distorted views on morals. Evil is the new norm.
    ‘they don’t disturb you with their genitals’ they say, forgetting with the way they fiercely press for their rights, they can go a long way to influence the world. (Ask people in the UK how these gay beings bully them)
    Incest too doesn’t ‘disturb us’, but is itself an abominable and despicable act. Society has every right to make rules to uphold moral standards.
    If some of you have gone crazy, i’m sorry, not every one has to be crazy. Laws like these are made to check insanity.
    Nigeria is against homosexuality period!. Make noise on BellaNaija all you want.
    God forbid the insanity you all are brewing.

  38. zinnypearl

    May 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

    i am just surprise. God!!!!!!!! soooooo!!!!!!!! surprise. mind you nobody is born gay is a way u decide to live by your individual self, in your homes don’t you have do’s and don’t’s even if you are not comfortable with it. u have to adapt. the majority of Nigeria have decided that is a crime so take it like that. if you are not ok hug the transformer or you relocate. as for you Regina i believe you have a child while did you meet a man to get you pregnant you would have mate with your fellow woman to do that. . we don’t fuel in Nigeria, we are talking of the way forward and you are drawing us back. pls if you dont have better things to say. just sleep.

    • Paloma

      May 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Abi ooo…. i was surprised when i saw the compariso!

  39. anon

    May 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

    It is obvious that some people spend a hell of a lot of time pondering about other people’s sexuality., valuable time that from reading some of the nonsense here – they could have spent getting an education and digging themselves out of illitracy. GOD NO SEND YOU MESSAGE. LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE. IF WE ALL HAD ACCESS TO WHAT SOME OF YOU DO IN YOUR BEDROOMS PEOPLE WILL BE SHOCKED AT YOUR HIDDEN DISGUSTING DEPRAVITIES..BUT GOD SEES YOUALL IN 4D. STOP USING GOD’S NAME TO JUSTIFY YOUR IGNORANCE.

    • NAI

      May 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      God did send us message.
      The Bible is God’s message.
      God frowns at homosexuality.
      So No, we can’t leave God out of it.
      And No, we don’t ponder on people’s sexuality. We hear stories of abominations turning to norm and we are here to condemn it.
      The same way we condemn, unjust killings, drug abuse, corruption, etc!

    • anon

      May 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Stop gassing. GOD SAID DO NOT JUDGE . STICK TO DAT RULE MAYBE YOU’LL MAKE HEAVEN.

    • Living large

      May 28, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Of his 30-whatever years on this earth, Jesus did not even bother to bring up homosexuality. The only thing he said was about some harlot I remember he talked about was, he who amongst you is without sin…”

      I guess you’re without sin ????
      Condemn away. Saint!!!

  40. prince

    May 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Many of you speak out of hate, pure hate for things you don’t know. Can many of you homophobia pretend to be gay for a month. if you think they chose what they are. How does someone’s sexuality becomes your problem. This is how this people are made, they didn’t ask to be the way they are, why can’t we just let them be and live our lives.
    We have more pressing things at hand in Nigeria. I live and work in Abuja and I’ve not see light for 4days now, no fuel to even power your gen set in a country that has crude more than some western countries.
    I think we are our own problems and its high time we stop this issue of saying we have culture, we have religion and all the bullshits. Live you life the best way you can, you don’t own my life. you owe no one an apology and explanation for the way you are.

    • commmy

      May 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Prince shut up before Satan start giving you a wrong excuses. they are not meant like that they choose to be like that please don’t confuse the younger generation or the kids

  41. zik

    May 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Well, I think its not a crime for one to express his or her opinion. Most people are just so full with hatred over nothing at all.

  42. commmy

    May 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Prince shut up before Satan start giving you wrong excuses and answers. they are not meant like that they choose to be like that please don’t confuse the younger generation or the kids

  43. pearl ose

    May 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I guess she’s on the line of both practices being discriminatory which is quite understood. We should learn to tolerate others and their excesses. Come to think of it, Gay no better pass Ashewo set? At least gay dey do am behavioraly buy Ashewo no get respect at all. Lol…..stop the discrimination

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