According to progressive think tank Political Research Associates, American evangelical groups are doing more than just proselytizing overseas. They’re spreading hatred against gays, lesbians, and women, too:
It identified three organisations that it believes are aggressively targeting the continent: [Pat] Robertson’s ACLJ, the Catholic group Human Life International and Family Watch International, led by the Mormon activist Sharon Slater.
In the past five years, the report alleges, all “have launched or expanded Africa-based offices dedicated to promoting their Christian right worldview. A loose network of rightwing charismatic Christians called the transformation movement joins them in fanning the flames of the culture wars over homosexuality and abortion by backing prominent African campaigners and political leaders.”
[Author of the report Dr. Kapya] Kaoma believes the American groups are in retreat in the US and so turning to Africa for quick gains.
“They seem to know they are losing the battle in the US, so the best they can do is to be seen to be winning somewhere.
“This gives them a reason to be fundraising in the US. Africa is a pawn in the battle they are fighting at home.”
This is about power and domination for the evangelicals, but it’s a matter of life and death for the women who need abortions and the LGBT people who live in certain African countries. It was only a couple of years ago when Martin Ssempa (the “Eat Da Poo Poo” guy) advocated for a bill that would put homosexuals to death.
The Religious Right has done more than enough damage in America. They need to be stopped before they ruin more countries, too.
(Thanks to Anh for the link)