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Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right Is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa

in UNITED STATES, 27/07/2012

Months of research on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa by Political Research Associates documents how the U.S. Christian Right is expanding its assaults on LGBT and reproductive rights.

Released yesterday to widespread press attention on three continents, Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa, reveals that the U.S. Christian Right fuels its campaign by building alliances with government leaders, staffing offices that intervene in constitutional debates in Kenya and Zimbabwe, and using inflammatory language charging the United Nations and Western human rights activists with wanting to destroy the African family.

The report finds that Uganda's 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill was part of a larger trend of U.S. conservatives pushing their antigay and antichoice agenda on the continent. The "Kill the Gays Bill," as infamously dubbed by the media, was followed by anti-LGBT bills in other countries and reintroduced in Uganda this February.

Political Research Associates' religion and sexuality researcher, Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican priest originally from Zambia, authored the new report, which developed out of his 2009 investigation, Globalizing the Culture Wars.

"Many people believe that Africans are traditionally homophobic, but these values stem from the European colonial period," comments Rev. Canon Dr. Kaoma. "Today, the U.S. Christian Right is using African religious and political leaders to further remake African values. This is the new form of colonialism that African human rights supporters and their allies should stand up against."

Our groundbreaking report profiles the roles of the Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the Roman Catholic group Human Life International, Mormon Sharon Slater's Family Watch International, and the growing network of Christian dominionists known as the Transformation movement or New Apostolic Reformation, which depicts LGBT people as demons.

Read the Report Here

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