While a number of both theologically and politically conservative-leaning American Catholics have bemoaned the hard left turn that’s become commonplace in the American Church, a Nigerian bishop is raising eyebrows due to his decidedly non-politically correct opinion of the presumptive Democratic Party presidential frontrunner. As reported by The Washington Free Beacon news portal on May 1, 2015, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the Diocese of Oyo in southwestern Nigeria left little to the imagination on exactly what his thoughts are concerning Hillary Clinton.
In the wake of Clinton commenting that “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed” regarding a more widespread Christian acceptance of abortion and also of the homosexual lifestyle, the Bishop of Oyo said what no American bishop has dared say. Initially qualifying his statement with “I believe there are three groups of people in this world: those who believe in God, those who do not believe in God, and those who think they are gods.”
Placing the former Secretary of State in the last category, the bishop plainly stated, “Hillary Clinton I think is one of those who thinks she is a god.” Far from done with his critique, he also stated, “From the way she spoke, people like herself very clearly don’t want to hear anything about God. Even if they say they believe in God, they really don’t. It’s evident even in her language: she talks about ‘deep seated cultural codes.’”
Music to the ears of many social conservatives, Bishop Badejo continued with, “I feel she’s gotten too wrapped up in technology and has stopped realizing that there are values, there are things that are innate to people, that are not just ‘codes’ that can be taken up and thrown out.” Yet the Nigerian prelate also made clear he understood the world of realpolitik, “She is seeking election in America so you can expect that, like most politicians, she will say just about anything to pander to the thoughts of whatever audience she is speaking to.”
Bishop Badejo also ensured he made his feelings of the upcoming US presidential election, from the Christian perspective, were clearly understood. Possibly reminiscent of Saint Paul’s experience with scales, he pointedly said, “It is my desire that the American people open their ears and their eyes and know exactly what kind of people are running to be the next President of the United States.”
Other than being responsible for the flock on Oyo, Bishop Badejo also holds the powerful position as the Chairman of Communications for the African Bishops. And with that bully pulpit, his very public rebuke of Clinton wasn’t exactly his first go ’round with the American Democrats. As cited by the Rome-based Aleteia.com Catholic news site in an interview on Feb. 23, 2015, the bishop stunned many when he matter-of-factly told the Obama Administration that “African [traditional] values are not for sale.”
Presumably not a fan of hashtag diplomacy, he accused the United States of refusing to assist Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram Islamic jihadists until the Nigerian government changed “our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning (abortion), 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.”