Akinola, Repudiate Anti-Gay Violence

September 7, 2007

Tunde: As Believable as Toe-Tappin’ Larry Craig


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.++


  1. LARRY Craig, not Jim Craig.

    Comment by IT — September 7, 2007 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  2. Oy! I’m a political junkie and he’s a buffoon from Idaho.


    Comment by josh — September 7, 2007 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  3. I recently posted a comment (currently awaiting moderation) on Fr. Jake’s blog noting that on the original page, the UPI just added a new disclaimer (not a retraction):

    UPI distributes certain third party submissions from official government news agencies, such as this article. Since UPI does not control the material included in these submissions, UPI does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of the material in such submissions, and UPI does not endorse any of the views or opinions expressed therein.

    If this is the rumored “retraction” Popoola was referring to, he might want to look up the definition of that word. And it’s certainly not from the journalist who wrote the article, but from the UPI.

    Since commenting about it over at Fr. Jake’s, it appears that the article itself has become unaivable, though the disclaimer is still visible.

    Comment by Jarred — September 7, 2007 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  4. So walk me through this: Why would a reporter employed by the state run News Agency of Nigeria make this quote up? Most of these news stories are for domestic consumption (How often is NAN quoted internationally?) and quoting the bishop as calling for the death of gays certainly isn’t going to hurt his reputation there. The only reason anyone paid attention abroad is because of the current row in the Anglican Communion.

    After reading the Reporters sans frontières: Report on Nigeria I can certainly understand why he might apologize later. It says They are also routinely the punch bags for the powerful, military figures, governors, ministers and businessmen, who enjoy complete impunity and have no respect for the right to news and information. For this reason, Nigerian journalists deserve high praise for enduring the oppression of military juntas and for now working in the face of the contempt and brutality of the authorities and their protégés. A government bureaucrat could have come along and told the report to apologize or he’s off to jail.

    So I get the incentive to recant. I don’t get the incentive to make a quote up.

    Comment by toujoursdan — September 7, 2007 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  5. You’re right, Dan, there is no incentive to make a quote up. And thanks for the quote from Reporters Without Boundaries.

    But you’re wrong to say a “reporter” at the government-run News Agency had anything to do with this. Employees at NAN are not reporters as we understand them, they’re bureaucrats. Their job is to publish what the government tells them to.

    When Orama’s remarks unexpectedly went global, it didn’t take more than a keystroke for NAN to erase the article, then threaten UPI with cutting off its subscription if it didn’t remove its post from the web.

    The key thing is the five day delay between the government mouthpiece, Canterbury’s expressed “shock” and Popoola’s lame coverup.

    Comment by josh — September 7, 2007 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  6. Bigots beware! From the famous “Yippie Pieman” of the early 70s, a statement regarding Archbishop Akinola:

    “i am issuing a yippie fatwah this mother[bleeped] gets pied”
    Aron Pieman Kay

    Comment by Kurt — September 10, 2007 @ 7:46 am | Reply

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    Comment by Stefany Kronenberg — April 15, 2011 @ 12:55 am | Reply

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