Jeff Stahler, The Columbus Dispatch
For the past week or so Americans have been treated to the sight of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, facing the music (or not) after his guilty plea for soliciting sex in a men’s restroom in Minneapolis. He has been fodder for comedians ever since.
No one in America, except his adopted children, believes his denials. The man is a buffoon.
The cop was right to bust him, even though hanging out in restrooms hoping to catch closeted men toe-tapping is a waste of police resources. The public has a right not to be subjected to the sexual antics of married men looking for a little Gay action.
Craig is too scared to walk into a Gay bar in Washington OR Boise, so he cruises Minnesota restrooms instead. It’s the opposite of proud, liberated Gay behavior, and I’ve opposed it in print for decades.
Enough with the “Brokeback Bathroom” already!
Comes now Tunde Popoola, press secretary to Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, to deny that Bishop Isaac Orama called Gay people “insane, satanic, with no right to live”—a sentiment denounced by right-wing American leaders like Canon Kendall Harmon and Fr. Matt Kennedy, but frequently supported by commenters on their blogs.
In an email communication The Venerable Akintunde A. Popoola, Director of Communications for the Church of Nigeria has stated that Bishop Orama has denied making the statements attributed to him in a September 2, 2007, UPI report. Additionally, the journalist who issued the statement has given a verbal apology for the misrepresentation and has promised to print a retraction.
Popoola is the same man who has personally directed a smear campaign against Davis Mac-Iyalla; see post below.
Tunde’s a known liar. Changing Attitude-England has repeatedly challenged him to back up his wild, crazy, ridiculous assertions against Davis Mac-Iyalla—and of course Popoola can’t do that, so he runs away.
This is the state of the Nigerian Church.
Why this weak little denial five days after the fact? The report is dated Sept. 2, the denial Sept. 7. Do you know anyone who waits five days to say, “I was misquoted”?
Even five days later, Bishop Orama doesn’t speak for himself; instead Popoola pipes up after the Archbishop of Canterbury publicly expresses shock.
Orama needs to speak up for himself. After all, the report on his remarks, carried by UPI, quoted the official government News Agency of Nigeria.
The government’s anti-Gay; the Nigerian Church is anti-Gay. They often collaborate when it suits their purposes.
The Nigerian Church planted that story with the government news agency, then withdrew it after it blew up in their faces. This cover-up phase is why you can’t find it on the web anymore, but I have a copy of it in PDF. (I’ve attached it above.)
Akinola, Popoola and Orama are as believable as toe-tappin’ Larry Craig. The sooner they all resign, the better.
“I am not Gay,” Craig told a news conference. “I have never been Gay.” Then why’d you plead guilty, Larry?
Orama incited violence, all right, just like Akinola did a couple of years ago after a spate of Muslim attacks on Christians in Nigeria. “Muslims don’t have a monopoly on violence,” Akinola warned, and the next day Christians rioted with a hundred Muslims dead.
This is what passes for Christianity in Nigeria AND the United States.
Needless to say, the demonstration against Akinola in Wheaton, Illinois September 23 is ON.++