The Political Research Associates, a liberal research group in Massachusetts, is accusing three major conservative groups of encouraging bad agendas in African countries. The groups have pushed back and say that they accusations are not true.
In a report by the Political Research Associates, three religious groups are singled out and charged with initiating organizations, in Africa, that follow their convictions which include the support of anti-homosexual and anti-abortion legislation.
The Political Research Associates say they are ”a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights.”
The three groups that they are displeased with are the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Family Watch International and the Catholic group Human Life International. Family Watch International is headed by Mormon activist Sharon Slater but has refuted the notion that it has religious ties.
The Political Research Associates report charges that the conservative groups have:
“launched or expanded Africa-based offices dedicated to promoting their Christian right worldview. A loose network of right-wing 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.”
All three groups have denied the allegations from the report titled, “Colonizing African Values: How the U.S. Christian Right is Transforming s****l Politics in Africa”.
In an e-mail to the Christian post, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ,wrote:
“The report issued by this organization is without merit and only seeks to promote their political agenda by distorting the facts. The ACLJ’s work in Africa involves defending the Christian faith and providing humanitarian aid to those who need it most. Our work in Africa embraces the same values we seek to protect in the United States and elsewhere – supporting pro-life and pro-family measures.”
Stephen Phelan, speaking on behalf of Human Life International, said:
“Powerful Western governments and very wealthy NGOs spend billions annually to stop Africans from having children, to change African laws to be more accommodating to this population control, all in an effort to make them culturally more like the West.”
Sharon Slater of Family Watch International also responded telling The Guardian that her organization is not religiously affiliated, saying,
“Fundamental error is alone an indication of the unreliability of his entire report.”
Homosexuality, even if consensual, is illegal in 76 countries. Many of those countries are in Africa.
Uganda recently got a lot of attention for a new bill that was being proposed that would make the death penalty a punishment in certain cases of homosexual acts. The bill would also criminalize speech deemed too supportive of the LGBT community. In other African countries, like Kenya and Libya, homosexual acts are also punishable by 5 to 14 years in prison.