Anti-gay US Christian groups ‘colonizing’ Africa

Report accuses evangelical religious organizations from the US of 'fanning the flames' of homophobia in African countries

Anti-gay US Christian groups ‘colonizing’ Africa
26 July 2012

US evangelical Christian groups have been accused of a ‘cultural colonisation’ of Africa by opening offices in countries to promote anti-gay attacks.

Extremist religious groups from America are ‘aggresively targeting’ the continent by supporting homophobic laws and policies, according to a report by left-wing think tank Political Research Associates (PRA), reported The Guardian.

The report singles out groups including the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), founded by the televangelist Pat Robertson, Catholic group Human Life International and Family Watch International.

‘The religious right [in effect] claims that human rights activists are neocolonialists out to destroy Africa,’ says the Colonising African Values: How the US Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa report.

It claims that the groups ‘frame their agendas as authentically African, in an effort to brand human rights advocacy as a new colonialism bent on destroying cultural traditions and values.’

The report calls the organizations ‘a loose network of rightwing charismatic Christians’ which are ‘fanning the flames of the culture wars over homosexuality and abortion by backing prominent African campaigners and political leaders.’

Groups mentioned in the report have denied these claims.

Executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Frank Mugisha, said he is ‘grateful’ for the report.

He said it ‘confirms that it is homophobia (not homosexuality) that is exported from the west.’

‘I hope this report serves as a wakeup call for faith communities in Uganda and the west alike to realise that the American culture wars imposed on us by the Christian right threaten not only African culture, but the very lives of LGBTI Africans like me.’



No thumbnail available

PREVIEW: Austria's Pink Lake International LGBT Festival, 3-6 September

 Lake Wörthersee goes gay for the 8th edition of the festival
No thumbnail available

France’s first gay grooms celebrate honeymoon in Tel Aviv

After becoming the first gay couple to wed in France, Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau celebrated their honeymoon with 100,000 people at Tel Aviv’s gay pride weekend
No thumbnail available

EA Games joins battle for same-sex marriage

Electronic Arts, one of the world's biggest video games companies, joins a campaign against the US Defense of Marriage Act
No thumbnail available

Prop 8 lawyer Ted Olson battles anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'
No thumbnail available

Elton John ‘excited’ by new record

Gay singer Elton John has gone back to the studio to produce The Diving Board and recorded 12 songs in four days
No thumbnail available

Philippine gay group flays government for ignoring HIV crisis

Progressive Organization of Gays says one person gets infected every two hours yet govt spends more money on corrupt deals than on healthcare
No thumbnail available

Indian guru offers to ‘cure’ gay men with yoga

In order to stop gay men from being arrested under the Supreme Court ruling banning sodomy, a yoga spiritual leader has said he can 'cure' people of the 'unscientific' and 'abnormal mentality' 
No thumbnail available

Danny Pintauro of TV's Who's the Boss sitcom marries longtime boyfriend

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'
No thumbnail available

All aboard! 3 epic Asian train journeys

Who's up for a railway romance?
No thumbnail available

Cosmo is now offering sex advice to lesbians

Magazine applauded for offering an article to women a little bit different than 'Carrie Bradshaw wannabes'