1. In order for such ideas to gain such support a large number of people in Sudan have to support such policies. Simply writing up a bill for them won't work. The Uganda government is not being physically forced to do this.Just because the Ugandans pulled the trigger doesn't mean the US didn't give them a gun.
Further, the missionaries still exist, and it's extremely dishonest of you to refer to the eighteen fucking hundreds when talking about anti-gay conservative missionaries who have been most active since the 60s and especially the 80s. If you want to go ahead and look this entire board in the metaphorical eyes and claim that no missionary activity of any significance has occured in that time, go ahead.
But sane human beings know that evangelical and mainline protestants alike have spent millions and millions of dollars going to Africa. Some of it is altruistic- they bring food and water and help construct infrastructure and treat the sick. My own sister is part of some stupid little evangelical cult that goes to rural mexico and helps take care of orphans.
But they bring their religion with them- hardline, evangelical religion, looking to convert anyone to the One True God. And this theology has taken hold in Uganda; in Nigeria; in Jamaica; in a dozen different states. African Anglicans for instance are considering breaking off from the liberal Anglicans in england and america. Why? Is it their Native Black Homophobia?
No. Africans and other third world people such as Jamaicans are no more homophobic than any other society on the whole- they may socially discriminate against such people, and will never be granting them rights until they join the first world. But this new step- mass executions- is entirely and documentably funded and organised by conservative western influence.
Missionaries have a profound influence on the theology of a nation, and Religion has a profound influence on the people. American Evangelicals are to blame for anti-gay hysteria in Nigeria and in Uganda. That's a fact. American Evangelicals are assisting in the writing of the bill in Uganda. That's a fact. American money is flowing into Uganda from missionaries and evangelicals alike. That's a fact. American Evangelicals are the closest confidantes of the president of Nigeria. That's a fact.
The scares are using language that the evangelicals use using their own terminology and theology (Gays = Nazis, for example). The scares are explicitly American-influenced: "Look at how we, the One True Religion, lost in America- soon we shall lose in Nigeria/Uganda/Jamaica". Africa is a dumping ground for the losers of the culture war to export their hateful ideology.
If you want to make yourself feel better about the United States by pretending missionaries don't exist past 1890 and that the US is blameless and it's all those stupid Africans faults, that's okay with me. But don't go pretending you're correct.
2. I never said that no missionary work is going on now. Don't put words in my mouth. But the majority of the missionary work went on in the 19th century. That was the time period when Christianity was exported to Africa as a replacement to the regular Africa religions. Maybe the education system is wrong but I've always been taught that it was European colonialism which led to Christianity being established as the main religion in Africa (along with Islam).
3. Not all missionary work comes from America.
3. I'm British, so don't act like I'm some American in denial.
4. Regardless, I can see your point about evangelicals are encouraging homophobia in Africa and I agree that their role in this is morally appalling. Considering the point dropped.[/quote]