I am trying to get Davis Mac-Iyalla, the great and prophetic Gay Anglican activist from Nigeria, to come to the United States before he gets killed.
It may take 5-10 thousand dollars. The U.S. may not not grant him a visa unless it believes he has a financial reason to return to his own country. They have turned him down once before—despite the invitation of Integrity USA, which wanted him to appear at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Columbus—because he was too poor, and the laws in the U.S. actively discourage poor immigrants. Ph.D’s, welcome! Peasants, forget it.
The average per capita income in Nigeria is $1500. Who would qualify?
Thus we are forced to solicit your donations. Pleae pray about this, that’s all we ask.
The Nigerian government is about to pass a law that would make it illegal for Gay people to have lunch together.
What we in the U.S. call “freedom of association” will be banned for LGBT people in Nigeria.
The government there is scared to death of queers. So its #1 target is Nigeria’s #1 activist, a Christian man named Davis.
He has generated headlines around the world in connection with the schism rending the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Nigeria, the notorious Peter Akinola, proudly told The New York Times how he recoiled at the mere touch of Louie Crew, an American faggot.
To some extent Davis Mac-Iyalla may enjoy a little protection from the thugs in Akinola’s employ, because he is something of a world figure. Then again, that didn’t save Steve Biko in South Africa, who was brutally murdered by the bigots of apartheid.
For myself, I am a very poor apologist for freedom. I do not have the money, the contacts or the skills to help spare Davis’s life. Integrity USA has already informed us both that they have no use for him now that General Convention is over, so he’s on his own. They will not sponsor his visit in 2007; they needed him here in 2006, when the U.S. government decided he was too poor to come. Integrity endorses his Christian witness but will not sponsor him a year too late.
If we leave this man alone in Nigeria, I firmly believe he’ll be killed. Peter Akinola, the “Primate of All Nigeria,” has too much at stake to allow a Black Gayboy to speak out.
So I ask for your advice and help. I don’t know what to do, how to help, how to grab Davis out of the jaws of death. This isn’t hyperbole; the man is a walking deathtrap.
Nigeria, home of great oil, a client-state of Exxon-Mobil and the Bush Administration, is locked in a huge war between Christianity and Islam. The Muslims want to stone Davis to death. The Christians merely want to imprison him for 5-8 years.
I ask your help in allowing him to witness to Jesus Christ in the United States. If you have any ideas, write me at email@example.com.
Thanks be to God.++