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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Can America " Respect the Legitimate Values and World View of Other Peoples"?

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo, who is Nigerian, responded to Obama's advocacy [of homosexual rights] saying, “Most Africans care about religious values, about the family, about the complementary nature of man and woman and the culture that makes us Africans. Why can we not choose what 'benevolence' to accept from the West? Why can we not just be helped to fight corruption, terrorism, unemployment disease and illiteracy?”
“Nobody should be killed for private wayward or immoral behaviors that do not compromise other people's lives,” the bishop affirmed, “but that does not mean all kinds of exotic sexual adventure must be foisted on other nationalities in the name of rights.”
“America claims to be a great democracy and the proof of that fact will be found in her capacity for sincere dialogue and readiness to respect the legitimate values and world view of other peoples,” Bishop Badejo concluded.
Before Obama’s visit, 700 evangelical pastors in Africa had written asking him not to use his trip gender ideology and the homosexual agenda.
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila has noted that foreign aid given to the Philippines is oftentimes is linked to some measures that the receiving country is somehow forced to accept … some of the conditions for the aid seem to be an acceptance or a welcoming of some views regarding marriage, or sexuality, or what, which could be alien to the vision of the receiving country or culture.”
And Bishop Badejo, the Nigerian who chairs communications for the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), said in a February interview with Aleteia that the U.S. has made its help in fighting the radical Islamist group Boko Haram contingent on the Nigeria's support of homosexual acts.
“The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning and birth control,” he said.
“It’s very clear that a cultural imperialism exists. In fact, I think that Africa is suffering greatly from a cultural imperialism that threatens to erode our cultural values.”
Let me get this straight.
In offering to lift economic sanctions against a foreign power that unquestionably means us harm, it was not expedient to tie the deal to the release of Americans being held hostage there, (and I'm willing to believe that that was indeed the best deal that could be brokered at this time,) but we have no qualms about withholding support to friendly nations in their conflict against a terrorist oganization that is part of a global network which would wipe us off the face of the earth without hesitation because those nations and their peoples do not subscribe to the views currently in vogue in our country regarding sex?
Do I have that right?
Image result for girls boko haram
Thanks anyway, America....

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