I came upon an article highlighted by Gateway Pundit, called, “Obama to Nigerian Christians: Change Laws on Abortion, Homosexuality If you Want Protection from Boko Haram.” The story is about an interview in Aleteia, a Christian news site, of a Nigerian Bishop who laid the charge that the Obama administration refuses to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram because of the view that the administration has of population control in a country where nearly half of the population is under the age of 15.
While Michelle Obama was central to the naïve hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, it is clear she did not know how that was going to happen. It was as if she believed a hashtag would change murderous and inhumane Boko Haram into remorseful do-gooders. After Congress demanded the administration send in American Special Forces to find the girls, months later, the Pentagon admitted that they did not know where the girls were, and the mission had tapered off.
The interview with the Bishop, though, illuminates the ideology of this President in very simple terminology. But first, a little background on Nigeria.
Nigeria supplies the United States with some of its oil, and the history of Nigerian government corruption is vast. Seventy percent of Nigerians are employed in agriculture, supplying the world with things like rubber, cocoa, cashews, beans, sesame and more. The country’s religious makeup is roughly 50 percent Muslim and 50 percent Christian. The country’s population is rising fast, boasting a high fertility rate, but, even though the government is rich with oil profit, a lack of education and medicine hamper the country’s life expectancy and its economy. Since Boko Haram, loosely translated to mean, “Western education is a sin,” began its terrorist organization in 2002, with the goal of imposing Sharia Law on the entire Nigerian population, they have murdered between 12,000 and 20,000 Nigerians, Muslim and Christian alike.
Many Americans may not have heard of Boko Haram until Michelle Obama started the hashtag, and many don’t know that the stories of the girls who escaped, (of the original 270 abducted, 67 escaped shortly after being taken) are as horrific as the stories of the young Yazidis who are being raped and abused by ISIS in Iraq.
In powerful terms, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo said the following:
“In fact, recently I was alarmed when I heard Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, say that the United States government was committed to anything that would push the population control agenda. The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning, and birth control. It’s very clear that a cultural imperialism exists. In fact, I think that Africa is suffering greatly from a cultural imperialism that threatens to erode our cultural values. … For the African, life is sacred. And that the world can watch hundreds of people dying in Nigeria every day and look away: it shows that even what we call Western civilization today is sick. What we say about human dignity and human rights is mere hypocrisy. There is a diminishing sense of the respect for the sanctity of life. And all of this is to be imposed on Africa, at whatever cost: we think that it is immoral and that it is unjust.”
The sickness that the Bishop points out is absolutely true. It is only amplified with this administration’s insistence on putting birth control above the sanctity of life, and in a country that American leftists see as overpopulated, wherein children are nothing more than a burden. To the American left, from the President on down, too many Africans is a problem.
With all the crazy pro-aborts screaming for women’s reproductive rights, no one is calling on us to look at the fact that African women want and accept children, and are being threatened existentially by murderous thugs who rape and abuse them. The very fact that education for women is the central problem Boko Haram sees (the girls taken were school girls), and the charge that Obama will not help Nigeria with this violent group until they become fewer in number, exposes this president as neither competent to speak for the Founding values of America, nor those of Africans.
America could help with Boko Haram, just as it should have done something with ISIS earlier. But the president is too busy implementing his ideology from his powerful position rather than dealing with the facts and accepting that there are still people in the world who believe that the life of a child is a most sacred and precious gift from God.
Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."