My commentary: Although this particular article focuses on the Anti-Homosexual movement in Africa, I believe that this is as the author points out a larger movement of  Western driven hegemony through culture.


http://blackagendareport.com/?...es-homophobia-africa


U.S. Christian Right Promotes Homophobia in Africa



The U.S. Right once isolated in Africa for supporting pro-apartheid, White supremacist regimes has successfully reinvented itself as the mainstream of U.S. evangelicalism.”
Sexual minorities in Africa have become collateral damage to our domestic conflicts and culture wars as U.S. conservative evangelicals and those opposing gay pastors and bishops within mainline Protestant denominations woo Africans in their American fight, a groundbreaking investigation by Political Research Associates (PRA) has discovered.
Globalizing the Culture Wars: U.S. Conservatives, African Churches, and Homophobia,a new report by the Rev. Kapya Kaoma, PRA Project Director, exposes the U.S. Rights promotion of an agenda in Africa that aims to criminalize homosexuality and otherwise infringe upon the human rights of LGBT people while also mobilizing African clerics in U.S. culture war battles. U.S. social conservatives, who are in the minority in mainline churches, depend on African religious leaders to legitimize their positions as their growing numbers makes African Christians more influential globally.
The investigations release could not be timelier, as the Ugandan parliament considers the Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009. Language in that bill echoes the false and malicious charges made in Uganda by U.S antigay activist and Holocaust revisionist Scott Lively that western gays are conspiring to take over Uganda and even the world.
U.S. social conservatives depend on African religious leaders to legitimize their positions.”
These partnerships have succeeded in slowing the mainline Protestant churches' recognition of the full equality of LGBT people, in part due to liberalssensitivity to the charge of colonialism. However, as Kaoma argues, it is U.S. conservatives who are imposing their own concerns about homosexuality on Africa.   Further, although U.S. conservatives have organized African religious leaders as a visible force opposing LGBT equality, it would be wrong to conclude that all of Africa stands with these clerics and their U.S. patrons.
In the United States, Kaoma focuses on renewalgroups in The Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church USA, and Presbyterian Church USA; U.S conservative evangelicals; and the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a neoconservative think tank that for decades has sought to undermine Protestant denominations' tradition of progressive social justice work.
In Africa, Kaoma investigates ties U.S. conservatives have established with religious leaders in Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya and the impact of homophobia exported from the United States to these Anglophone countries.
As Kaoma argues, the U.S. Right once isolated in Africa for supporting pro-apartheid, White supremacist regimes has successfully reinvented itself as the mainstream of U.S. evangelicalism. Through their extensive communications networks in Africa, social welfare projects, Bible schools, and educational materials, U.S. religious conservatives warn of the dangers of homosexuals and present themselves as the true representatives of U.S. evangelicalism, so helping to marginalize Africansrelationships with mainline Protestant churches.
Whats been missing is the effect of the Rights proxy wars on Africa itself.”
"We need to stand up against the U.S. Christian Right peddling homophobia in Africa," said Kaoma, who in recent weeks challenged U.S. evangelist Rick Warren to denounce the billand distance himself from its supporters. "I heard church people in Uganda say they would go door to door to root out LGBT people and now our brothers and sisters are being further targeted by proposed legislation criminalizing them and threatening them with death. The scapegoating must stop."
While the American side of the story is known to LGBT activists and their allies witnessing struggles over LGBT clergy within Protestant denominations in the United States, whats been missing is the effect of the Rights proxy wars on Africa itself. Kaomas report finally brings this larger, truly global picture into focus.
Just as the United States and other northern societies routinely dump our outlawed or expired chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery, and cultural detritus on African and other Third World countries, we now export a political discourse and public policies our own society has discarded as outdated and dangerous,writes PRA executive director Tarso LuÍs Ramos in the reports foreword.   Africas antigay campaigns are to a substantial degree made in the U.S.A.
Leaders within mainline Protestant denominations hailed the report.
"The exploitation of African Christians by right-wing organizations in the United States is reprehensible. Where were these individuals and organizations and their leaders during the struggles against colonialism and apartheid? They certainly were not standing in solidarity with the people of Africa. Today, they use a variety of corrupt practices and methods in a vain attempt to turn back the tide of history. This report reveals the truth about what is going on and should be required reading for American church leaders," said Jim Winkler, the general secretary of the international public policy and social justice agency of The United Methodist Church.
For his 16-month investigation, Kaoma, an Anglican priest from Zambia, traveled in the United States and Uganda, Kenya, and Nigeria, attended the notorious antigay conference of Ugandas Family Life Network in March, and documented concerns among the regions clergy that U.S. conservatives are contributing to corruption among bishops with their lax requirements for donated funds.
Although written primarily for a U.S. audience, Globalizing the Culture Warsis certain to cause a stir in English-speaking Africa, where conservative U.S. evangelicals have for too long escaped the close scrutiny of African social justice activists and movements.
The full report in PDF format is at:






Project Director Kapya Kaoma is an Anglican priest from Zambia now leading churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. A doctoral candidate at Boston University School of Theology, he has studied in evangelical schools in Zambia and the United Kingdom. From 1998 to 2001, he served as dean of St. Johns Cathedral in Mutare, Zimbabwe and lecturer at Africa University, where he coauthored a text in ethics, Unity in Diversity. From 2001 to 2002, he was academic dean of St. Johns Anglican Seminary in Kitwe, Zambia, where he launched its womens studies and church school training programs. An active campaigner for womens reproductive rights, Kaoma is a passionate activist for social witness in the world.
Political Research Associates (PRA) is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights, with a focus on the U.S. political Right. Political Research Associates seeks to advance progressive thinking and action by providing accurate, research-based, information, analysis, and referrals.
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'Evangelical Extremists' have been planting the seeds of destruction in African since the first Christians arrived and colonized the Continent. Africa has never been the same since.

Christianity in Africa is as old as Christianity itself. The Christian church had spread to eastern and northern Africa by the second century CE. The remnants of these communities constitute the Coptic and Orthodox Christian churches of Egypt and Ethiopia. Also, many of the early "church fathers" were African - Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, etc. If they showed up today, they would be considered Black. Moreover, the some of the earliest Christian martyrs included African women - Perpetua and Felicity.

Now, if you are referring to when Western Europeans arrived on the coast of Western African in the late 15th century, I think that you have a strong case. With the Portuguese arriving around 1482, there was a definite downward trajectory as far as the continent and its people were concerned.
Hmmmm ... well, I suppose I hadn't thought of making such a distinction, kresge.  But I guess if I had to do so, I would say that I was talking about from the beginning (whenever that was!) ... however, I was probably thinking that that was indeed at the time of the Western colonization of Africa (the 15th Century).

I am talking about the intrusion (mainly of Christianity and Islam, but of other 'outside' religions, as well) into the millennia-old traditional ways of African reverence.

However old Christianity is in Africa, it doesn't pre-date the religion that was already a part of African culture.

Kinda like Columbus discovering America.
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Christianity in Africa is as old as Christianity itself. The Christian church had spread to eastern and northern Africa by the second century CE. The remnants of these communities constitute the Coptic and Orthodox Christian churches of Egypt and Ethiopia. Also, many of the early "church fathers" were African - Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, etc. If they showed up today, they would be considered Black. Moreover, the some of the earliest Christian martyrs included African women - Perpetua and Felicity.

Nice reading Kresge...thanks for posting it
Don't forget 'Mother Mary'.

Not the mother of Jesus Christ.

The mother of St. Augustine.

She was 'the African of origin'.

She is highly revered in the Catholic Church.

She is never...never...ever...acknowledged for her African..probably...Morrocan...ancestry.

We must realize that 'The Dark Ages' of reference in European history is that period coincident with Moroccans conquering of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).

This 'planting' has been going on since the European could write.
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We must realize that 'The Dark Ages' of reference in European history is that period coincident with Moroccans conquering of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). This 'planting' has been going on since the European could write.
Amen!  Also the dark ages for europe wasn't necessarily dark for other continents.
This is a big deal the nation of Uganda, which is about to pass anti-homo laws is totally 'Family' inspired. If you do not know who the Family is, then it would do you good to know who they are, because they actually are trying to take over the world.

These people do not believe in freedom as much as they do the divinity of their leadership, and that belief is a very dangerous thing, almost Hitleresque if you ask me. They are so in this that the moral failings of the member of the Family, like, Mark Sanford (did he compare himself to David of Israel) are overlooked, by them because of the divinity of his calling into the government by God. It is not enough that they fuck up America with that bullshit, but they are and have been fucking up Africa with it.

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