Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on Glenn Beck’s television program last night, where he repeated his allegation that the Obama administration is refusing to help the government of Nigeria fight the radical Islamist group Boko Haram until the country legalizes gay marriage and abortion. (In reality, the U.S. has held off on some assistance because Nigeria’s military has been involved in human rights abuses and several Nigerian military leaders were even convicted of arming Boko Haram).
“This administration has demanded that they change the law to accept gay marriage,” Gohmert asserted, saying that he heard from fellow members of Congress who had traveled to Nigeria and spoke with local religious leaders that the Nigerian government had been told by the United States that they would not be helped in their fight against terrorism “unless we legalize same-sex marriage.”
“You want us to give up our religious beliefs,” Gohmert reported that the Nigerian leaders had asked in disbelief, “and we have to start paying for abortion or you’re not going to help us?”
“Glenn, we have elected leaders in this country and we’re allowing them to get away with this kind of thing,” the Texas congressman concluded. “As a nation, we will be judged and it doesn’t usually go well for nations that turn this far away from their deeply-held religious beliefs”: