Much of the PR coming from Africa is negative with Uganda and Nigeria leading the headlines. The news from Africa has been mostly bad for decades, but all the issues in the past made me feel sympathetic. I’d donate funds to help in a crisis.
But now I hear negatives with a much different slant. Gay people being jailed for life? Beaten by the police to name names. Executed? Not with my money. I am writing to my legislators to ask them to stop funding countries with such horrific laws.
I fear that bad PR in Africa may erode sympathetic feelings. It may set up its people for more crisis as aid shrinks from people like me who disagree with punishing people for being who they are. What surprises me more is to learn that white, American fundamentalist Christians are behind these laws. I’m not shocked because they would push their agenda, I am shocked that Africans are buying what they’re selling.
As a Christian, I am just disgusted.