On the breaking frontiers of science this week is one Lagos University postgraduate who is making (magnetic) waves for his claim that he has proved homosexuality is immoral — with magnets!
Staff at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, are tipping postgraduate student Chibuihem Amalaha for big things, and maybe even a Nobel prize, for his research into television watching in the dark, acid rain and, oh yes, his supposed proof that homosexuality is morally wrong and gay marriage demonstrably disordered based on what he is apparently happy to call “scientific research.”
Just to give you a clue about his stance on being gay, he is quoted as saying in an interview with This Day Live:
“In recent time I found that gay marriage,which is homosexuality and lesbianism, is eating deep into the fabric of our human nature all over the world and this was why nations of Sodom and Gomora [sic] were destroyed by God because they were into gay practice. That is, a man marrying another man and a woman marrying another woman.”
There might be significant cause to quibble over that interpretation, and Amalaha’s objectivity for that matter, but for our purposes we’ll move right along to the so-called proof Amalaha has so astounded This Day Live and Largos University with, his proof that homosexuality is wrong:
A bar magnet is a horizontal magnet that has the North Pole and the South Pole and when you bring two bar magnets and you bring the North Pole together you find that the two North Poles will not attract. They will repel, that is, they will push away themselves showing that a man should not attract a man. If you bring two South Poles together you find that the two South Poles will not attract indicating that same sex marriage should not hold. A female should not attract a female as South Pole of a magnet does not attract the South Pole of a magnet. But, when you bring a North Pole of a magnet and a South Pole of a magnet they will attract because they are not the same, indicating that a man will attract a woman because of the way nature has made a female.
It’s hard to argue with, right? Amalaha has not been lazy with his research either and has dipped into the other major realms of (what he imagines is) science to try to prove his point. First Chemistry:
Even in chemistry when you also use a process called electrolysis, which is if you use electrolysis of acidilated water, that is water you drop some droplets of acid on it, you found that the negative ions will be attracted to the positive ones while the positive ions will be attracted to the negative ones. So the negative ones are not attracted to their peers, they are all attracted to the positive electrode and the positive ones are not attracted to the positive electrode. Instead, the negative ion is attracted to positive electrodes and why is it that the negative is attracted to the positive? It is because they are not the same. Likewise a man cannot be attracted to a man as negative ion is not attracted to the negative electrode instead negative ion is attracted to the positive electrode. That is what electrolysis is showing us that gay marriage is wrong in the area of chemistry.
And now Biology. Strangely there’s absolutely no mention of the fact that more than 1,500 species are on record as engaging in homosexual sex, but plenty of talk about cocks:
In biology, I used simple experiments and I came down to a lay man. We have seen that the female of a fowl is called hen and the male of a fowl is called a cock. We have never seen where a cock is having sex with a cock and we have never seen where a hen is having sex with another. Even among lions when you go to the zoo you find out that lion does not mate with a lion instead a lion will mate with a lioness showing that a lion being a male will mate with lioness being a female. Now if animals that are of even lower creature understand so much, how come human being made in the higher image of God that is even of higher creature will be thinking of a man having sex with another and woman having sex with another woman? That shows that it’s a misnomer…”
Oh and he’s also done the sums, because why not sully math while you’re at it? In the interests of brevity and saving you from what is interminably boring nonsense, I’ll spare you but you can read it here. By now you’ve likely got the idea anyway.
Amalaha goes on to boast that if you look on the Internet, on Google or YouTube, no one has used science to disprove gay marriage in this way, and Dr. Henry Boyo at the Department of Physics at the University of Lagos is prepared, as they say, to go down to the mat on this and has backed Amalaha’s findings:
“You can quote me anywhere, the guy’s concept is germane and it has been scientifically proven to be true.”
Now this might all sound laughable. You might assume it is so far fetched so as not to be worth your time. Here’s why this is an issue: Nigeria has among its laws some of the harshest non-capital punishment penalties for homosexuality in the world, with federal and state level codes all condemning so-called “carnal knowledge,” gender variance and even public displays of same-sex affection.
As recently as July of this year, a bill was passed — but yet to be signed into law — to further criminalize Nigeria’s LGBT population and make it an offence to marry someone of the same sex, to witness such a marriage or to officiate it.
As it stands, gay people could serve as much as 14 years in prison if they are thought to have engaged in same-sex activity and the potential for 10 years in prison for any public show of affection. Aside from the strict legal penalties, discrimination and stigma surrounding homosexuality and gender variant behavior means LGBTs in the country face poverty, poor health and threats of violence and intimidation.
In this light, it is an easy thing to see why attempts like the above so-called research to justify discriminating against LGBT people through radical abuses of science and the scientific method are incredibly concerning as they would appear to be evidence that there are forces within the country that are ready to spread propagandist untruths in order to keep discriminating even as religious justifications fail to satisfy.
Amalaha is reportedly hoping to publish his research in international journals if, that is, he can secure financial backing. Given the American religious right’s love of using bad analogies against gay people and exporting its agenda abroad, Amalaha might just find some willing sponsors.
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