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Understanding Shylock’s Hatred In ‘The Merchant of Venice’

Oftentimes, whenever the story breaks of another (straight) woman lamenting her discovery that her husband is gay, I hear gay men say things like: “Well, that’s what you deserve, for being part of a society that has refused to let us live.” Recently re-watching the 2004 movie adaptation of The ...

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“But Who Have I Hurt If I Were Gay?” Chude Jideonwo’s Must Read Equality Speech

A speech by Chude Jideonwo One of the tragedies of human progress is this constant tug between two stubborn binaries: progressive and conservative. People often camp in front of their worldviews, either progressive or conservative and refuse to move from thence, ensconced comfortably in a space where they believe they ...

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Dear Self Righteous Nigerian: Open Letter From a Humanist

Dear Self Righteous Nigerian At what point did we become so comfortable with raising glasses to murder, with saying cheers to the act of one man taking another man’s life? At what point did you decide to mete out judgment because one’s sexuality does not conform to yours? It amazes ...

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Abuja Is For Jesus!

Some years ago in Abuja, I attended COZA. The service was going well. Good sermon, fantastic praise and worship – service was just perfect. So it happened that when the offering basket was going round (I had tucked in a very generous amount of my money into the envelope handed ...

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OVER HIS DEAD BODY

My uncle was an obstinate widower. He had five daughters, whom he loved deeply, but not as much as he loved being an Edo man. He had no sons, and dreamt continually about the Edo son-in-laws he would have when his daughters got married. Each day, as his daughters grew ...

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No, Being Gay (Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender) is Not a Sin

Originally published on johnpavlovitz.com Being gay is not a sin. Neither is being lesbian, bisexual, or Transgender. The Bible never claims that it is. Christians should stop saying it. It’s the most reckless, wasteful, irresponsible misuse of religion; the most dangerous kind of stereotyping and license to discriminate—and it’s killing ...

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When You Need Jesus To Take The Wheel

A few days ago, I rode in a Taxify, not an Uber. The car stank of burnt incense. The driver, a severe-looking man, did not respond to my greeting. Instead, in a clipped tone, he said, “Can I start the ride?” “Yes.” He lurched forward. Then as though he remembered ...

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To You Homophobe With Your Opinions

“So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to SPEAK, slow to wrath…” – James 1:19. “An acknowledgement of an individual’s freedom to hold an opinion is not an invitation to air one.” – G. V. U. _______ Dear proud Nigerian Homophobe, I am constrained ...

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ABOUT LIFESTYLE CHOICES AND SEXUALITY

Someone I know posted on the social media something that Dave Chappelle allegedly said. I have no way of knowing that he actually said the words, but let’s work with the assumption that he did. The post read thus: “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that ...

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Why Using the Bible Against LGBTQ People is Irresponsible

Originally published on johnpavlovitz.com Christians will go to great lengths to get God to consent to their prejudices. It’s actually quite astounding and equally sad. Every day I watch and read fellow followers of Jesus attempting to use Scripture to discriminate against, marginalize, and condemn people who identify as LGBTQ. ...

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