US churches seek anti-gay laws in Africa

2012-07-24 21:44

Cape Town - A new report says conservative US Christian groups are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation.

It accuses evangelical stars Pat Robertson and Rick Warren as well as Catholic and Mormon groups of setting up institutions and campaigns in Africa that are "reshaping national political dynamics and even laws based on an American template".

Tuesday's report from Boston-based Political Research Associates identifies a network of right-wing Christians that it accuses of "fanning the flames of the culture wars over homosexuality and abortion by backing prominent African campaigners and political leaders".

But some of the Africans cited in the report as promoting the conservatives' agenda say they are just using funds from foreign friends who share similar beliefs.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-25 02:13

    Yankees, go home and take your religion with you. Poke your noses into your own country.

      belinda.west.543 - 2012-07-25 09:35

      Irene, I agree with you 100%!! Damn yankees always gotta poke their noses in other peoples business when their own country is falling apart.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:04

    Keep this scum out of Africa. They are only here because Americans are discarding religion big time*** and they are peddling their filth here to widen their income base. Reid poll from September 2011 [Canadians Split On Whether Religion Does More Harm in the World than Good]. It surveyed Canadians about religion. Only 16% of Canadians attend church every week and about 30% of Canadian say they don't believe in God. Only 53% of Canadians say they believe in God. This is good news for those of us who think the trend is in the right direction. It's bad news for those who think that the religious views of society can't be changed. "In the U.S., all the major (Christian) denominations have seen their numbers decline in recent years, but the Catholic Church has taken the biggest hit. Since the 1960s, four American-born Catholics have left the church for every one who has converted, according to a 2009 Pew study. In 2008 alone, Catholic membership declined by 400,000. More than 1,000 parishes have closed since 1995.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:05

      Secularism in America: Growing trend concerns Catholic leaders worldwide The Dutch Reformed Church officially lost 20 000 members in 2010 but the real numbers are likely to be much higher. Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention declined for the fifth straight year in 2011, falling under 16 million for the first time since 2000, according to annual statistics released June 12 by LifeWay Christian Resources.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:05

      Is Atheism Increasing at the Expense of Theism? Atheisim increases at cost of Christianity in Australia.

      dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-07-25 05:11

      And yet almost every Sunday more people come to Jesus, confessing Him as their Lord, Saviour, and new best friend in my church alone...just another fact for you...\r\n\r\nIf this is truely a free world, as u want it to be, then u must alow 'Christian propaganda' as u put it, as much as Christians alow athiest

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-25 10:06

      @dustin.mccrindle.5 because of the empty promises and lies! If you promise a poor man jesus will give him a better life, then well doe he have a choice not to follow ! Please tell me why jesus says you can ask for whatever you want , but the church stipulates rules and guidelines to get what you pray for ? At the end of the day , its all about money.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-25 10:07

      zaatheist fighting wit himself again...his getting it from behind..

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-25 05:28

    We have seen in Malawi the rise of physco evangelicals full of hate making AID dependant on anti-gay laws. In the interview with Malawian preachers, the evangelical handlers can clearly be seen standing on the side coaching the hate. Funny that these guys are also Zionists. I thought Jews killed Jesus but these dumb idiots have been usurped into believing Jesus will come when the Jews convert. Hate been spread by haters for hate.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 07:52

    Americans do so much good in Africa, with soo much aid , like helping the starving and the sick,and the prevention of such, And than you get these lousy rotten scumbags! They are like the companies selling cigarettes and alcohol, their sales in the USA and Europe are going down and down, so than they come and sell their ROT in Africa !! Nothing has done more damage in Africa than religion.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-25 09:07

    American missionaries have been coming to Africa for centuries. Nothing new here.

      jody.beggs - 2012-07-25 10:07

      Changing the law is new , new anti-gay hate.

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-07-25 09:23

    Exodus International is an Evangelical Christian think tank, with their primary goal as attempting to 'cure and save gays'. Their previous CEO had this to say: Now we get to understand why hate is being redirected to Africa. Here their words are not falling on deaf ears. In fact, just look at what is happening in Uganda. It is a shame really, that faith-inspired hatred should be so ugly, and rife. Where are those Christians that do not condone this kind of thing? Why are they so quiet, when their hate-fuelled brethren manage to be so excessively noisy?

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-25 10:10

    F@#$ religion , damn the man.

  • david.m.stephens.3 - 2012-07-25 10:19

    It appears from the report that the stink is being kicked up in the USA by conservatives who are trying to stop the flow of liberal thinking. Although it is a shame to see such people as Pat Robertson the founder of CBN being named as people who are attempting to propogate anti-christian belief in Africa. We are not to conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. To think, speak and act as Christ because we are being moulded in His image. That is to love the Lord our God with all that we have and to love our neighbor as our selves. The whole law and the prophets hang on these two commands. What is so hard to do? Come on Christians we are here to represent Jesus...not our own denominations or opinions.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-07-25 12:59

    Christians that complain about AID being given on the basis of a country's stance on gay laws: Why do you find this so unpalatable? If anything you should be SUPPORTING this stance. Human rights, are human rights. Christians advocate the banning of the death penalty in the name of compassion but now want to run screaming foul play when gay's demand more humane treatment?!?!?!?! DOUBLE STANDARDS MUCH?????

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