Monday, July 30, 2018

Trump administration wants to curtail US criticism of homophobic policies of some African countries

Western governments face quandaries on pressuring non-democratic or developing countries on backward social policies, partly because sometimes the customs are based on religion (especially Muslim).

But Mick Mulvaney, the OMB director, suggested during a State Department “Ministerial on International Religious Freedom” suggested that the Trump administration would reverse Obama’s policy of sometimes sanctioning countries for excessively homophobic policies.  The country with the biggest problem right now may be Kenya,  But Nigeria is very bad (as covered before) as has been Uganda.

Sub-Saharan Africa has been influenced by some evangelical ministers who have pushed anti-gay agendas, as “un African”.

Homophobic and tribalistic foreign countries have resulted in gay asylum seekers being hosted in the U.S. buy asylum is getting harder to claim, 

The Trump administration has also said that Pride flags should not fly at US embassies (but I was not aware they ever had).
Yet mainstream churches and various companies and universities have to be concerned about homophobia when sending interns, employees, volunteers or students to these countries, sometimes under serious situations (like epidemics).

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