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The West And Their Persistent Pressure On Africa to Support Gay Marriage

The continuous pressure mounted on African countries to adopt same sex marriage and same sex relationship is becoming very embarrassing and threatening considering the fact that these western countries have not deemed it fit to pressure the Arab countries who have their own Islamic religion to embrace same sex relationships. I am very certain that countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar and other Arab nations would not tolerate such insinuations about accepting same sex marriage or recognizing gay rights.

The threats of withdrawal of aids from African countries that have passed anti-gay laws is unacceptable and this can be attributed to the poor economic status of African countries that rely heavily on western aids, grants and donations to survive. Since these countries cannot fix their economy and politics then the west must continue to dictate to them on how they should lead their lives even if it negates their fundamental traditional beliefs, religious teachings and cultural practices.

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toniete wrote on September 19, 2014, 9:54 AM

I really wish African countries can realize that it is only when they fix their economy and refrain from begging for assistance from the west that they will gain the much needed respect

Feisty56 wrote on September 19, 2014, 10:24 PM

I am quite certain that the United States is at the head of the line in this issue. I wish it wasn't so, but since our government tries to dictate the same to its citizens, it's hard for me to imagine it will change for any nation that receives assistance.

BarbRad wrote on September 21, 2014, 4:12 PM

I agree with you 100%. Our government shouldn't be dictating to any religious person or institution within its borders, either, about what they have to believe and tolerate, even if it contradicts the teachings of their religion. The only interest a government should have in what a religion does is to insure that acting on its beliefs does not harm another person. Not paying for birth control isn't harming anyone. Plenty of private organizations can help with that, and a church that doesn't believe in it shouldn't have to support it. On the other hand, churches should trust God for their funding if they are not able to get government help for their charities and hospitals because of their beliefs. God will provide for what He deems important. Religions or organizations that believe in picking people off the streets for beheading and setting off bombs in a crowd do hurt others and the state has a controlling interest in preventing those beliefs from being practiced within its borders. It ought to exercise it instead of pretending it doesn't exist.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 2, 2014, 12:45 AM

My feeling is that a country offering foreign aid should not hold it over another nation's head and expect that country to change. That being said, there is quite a history of developed nations withholding foreign aid from nations with a poor human rights record. Considering that some countries in Africa still condemn homosexuals to death by stoning, I'd say it is right that nations offering financial aid to these states should enter into a dialogue about human rights and encourage them to adopt more moderate laws.

As an aside, it would be really wonderful if the United States were to stand as a proper example when it comes to human rights. Between the death penalty and the fact that it's still legal in the US to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, it's a bit of a pot and kettle scenario...