We all talk about human rights and I would like to ask, are religious right and sexual rights not part of human rights? Are particular set of individuals more privileged to enjoy those rights than others?
I believe that human rights are human rights, irrespective of people’s sexual orientation, religious beliefs, opinions, gender identity and expression. Human rights surpasses all cultural differences and societal norms that we have used to cage, abuse and rob others of their right and will to freely exercise and live the truth they know and believe about themselves.
Conservative Religious fanatics use the bible, Quran and other religious literatures to abuse, discriminate and violate the rights of sexual minorities all in the name of God’s word. Women over the years have been made to believe that they have no say in the religious, political, economic cycle. Homosexuals are told that they shall be stoned to death and rot in hell.
In all this I say, who told us that this world is a world of men, huh? Who said that this universe is a heteronormative place that other sexual minorities should not exist?
It’s time we all creep out of our voiceless holes and speak for all humanity. Society, culture, religion should not be the basics or the determinant factor for what is right or wrong for an individual. The simple fact of common sense should be able to do justice to what is right and wrong for an individual. Do not misunderstand me, I am a lover of religion but not religious. Am rather a spiritual being than a religious person. I appreciate culture and societal norms but not when these factors are diverted by the privileged few to the detriment of the underprivileged many.
Africa, Nigeria, wake up from your intellectual slumber which the colonial master have sent you and protect your own. We make laws to kill, violate, discriminate, segregate and pursue our very own. How do we hope to develop, tackle our health issues and build up our continent if all we do is hate?
Written By *Noble Rexy Charles*