Report: Christian Right Presses Anti-gay, Anti-abortion Laws Using Front Offices In Africa

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Conservative U.S. Christian groups are setting up fronts in Africa to fight for anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation to promote their convictions. That's the conclusion of a report by a Boston-based think tank.

The report accuses evangelical leaders including Pat Robertson and Rick Warren as well as Catholic and Mormon groups of setting up institutions and campaigns in Africa that are in its words -- "fanning the flames of the culture wars over homosexuality and abortion."

The report -- "Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming Sexual Politics in Africa" -- was presented by the Political Research Associates of Boston. The think tank describes itself as "progressive" and focusing on what it calls attacks on civil liberties by the political and Christian right.

The primary author of the report is the Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma, a PRA researcher and priest from Zambia. Kaoma says the front groups are propagating a lie that gay men are "recruiting" in African schools. He says the allegation is not only misleading but dangerous. Koama says anti-gay and anti-abortion laws being advocated are identical to laws enacted during the colonial era.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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