Friday, October 14, 2016
African sovereignty against transnational hatred
I've written before about the little US cottage industry of rabidly homophobic religious missionaries spreading their message of hatred in Africa. I obviously am not cool with this. Anyway, here is an interesting and heartening news item related to this trend. Apparently a pastor from a strip-mall church in Arizona planned a multi-country tour of southern Africa to spread hate speech. In reaction, Botswana and South Africa exercised their sovereign right to deport/deny entry to this undesireable foreigner. I see it as a principled stand in the name of human rights, and an assertion that African countries are no longer accepting the role assigned to them by many outsiders as a dumping ground for discarded products or ideologies.