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Donors should respect our culture

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Donors should respect our culture (via The Times Group)

As long as we choose to depend on the west on our developmental programmes, they shall manipulate our thinking and corrode our values. Am not surprised that the west is getting an overwhelming support from some quarters in Africa- it’s simple we are praising people who are ‘feeding us’; you don’t bite a finger that feeds you.

It is high time Africans did things the right way without being intimidated.

This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex “marriage” does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.

We are not opportunists that we will be grabbing any noise coming from the west or East. We need to be respected. We are concerned with hunger that has strike most parts of the country, floods that are hitting our nation and the economic problems that has hit our nation hard; we can’t stop all that to divert our ears on some people’s ill-will. Please stop intervening on our culture and respect us as a sovereign nation.

It has to be noted that no culture is superior to the other, therefore, there is need to promote cultural relativism.

Comment: While I understand and agree with some of the writer’s views, my view is that western countries have no right whatsoever to impose their order, rules, ideas or way of life on African countries, whether by carrot or stick. It is not right, and only confirms the paternalistic bias most of us are already ticked-off by.

African countries must choose what they will have from western ways, culture, lifestyle, etc…when they will have it, and what they will not have. On their own terms.  No Africans were preaching down on Europeans, when the practice of homosexuality was illegal in some European countries not too long ago.

As a black Christian man living in Britain, I reject any form of discrimination against minorities, but I also know that every man/ woman will answer for their own conduct/ behaviour before God. If you believe in what the Bible says, then this should be true for you. Therefore, while I support Cultural Integrity of the hundreds of African tribes on the Afircan continent, and when it is the case that culture is not static (but slowly changes with time, education and affluence), I do not agree that the African State should be the champion or enforcer of religious laws in the same way that I do not believe minority groups  should hijack the political/ social agenda (and make everything be about them), just as I do not believe that the State should tell me what I can do, or cannot do in my own bedroom; in the privacy of my own home.

It’s a different thing if it can be proved that the law is dervided directly from culture, and historical practices of African people inhabiting the land in which the law applies. But not when it is derived directly from religion.

It’s a different thing if my use of a recreational drug damages my health, and in 30 years time, I find myself a nuisance to medical practitioners (who may be paid by the state) who would otherwise be occupied with legitimate illnesses, and not what I brought on myself by my drug taking behaviour. In such a case, the state should legislate on…

But, even though I’m a Christian who does not believe in having other people’s views imposed on me, or my religious freedom curtailed, this marriage of State and religion in African countries is troublesome and disconcerting to say the least.

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