I'd like so much to be writing down here not only quick reactions to the papers headlines, but also a systematic presentation of the perspectives of the Convivium Philosophy (also Absolute, Systematic or Radical Pluralism) - yet time betrays me all the time. All my work in my mother tongue and directed to my local situation is also delayed.
So I'll start posting here anyway, not worrying about system for the while.
In today's blogosphere overview I was specially touched by an article at http://gayuganda.blogspot.com/2010/06/gay-agenda.html . I thought of transcribing it here, but I'd rather recommend you visiting the blog of those noble fighters of resistance and human dignity. Instead, I'll transcribe here only the comment I left to that post, as I think it is fully within this blog's spirit. But I insist: don't read only my comment: read the original article too!
Comment posted by myself on 20 June 2010 at
Good morning and congratulations! I'm Brazilian, and came across your blog almost casually. I'd like you to know how desperate I feel about my own powerlessness to cooperate in some way, whenever I read news from the present official homophobia wave in Africa.
Of course no human group has ever been pure tolerance and non-oppression, however it is quite clear, from the experience of a mixed society as we have in Brazil, that from Africa we inherit mostly human warmth, understanding and flexibility, and that most discrimination, intolerance, inter-human oppression we inherit from the European matrix, without or mostly WITH the disguise of Christianity, both in catholic or protestant versions.
So I feel you really touch the heart of the matter when you write: "... though the west is being accused of ‘exporting’ homosexuality, a case was made and literally proven, of the export of hate- homophobia."
And that applies not only to the present-day sittuation, but rather to the whole history of Northern (better than "Western") influence in African societies, be it through invasion, colonisation, mission and the foreign formation of African leaders. This impression was further reinforced, by the way, by the reading of Stephen O. Murray's and Will Roscoe's studies collection "Boy Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities" (St. Martin's Press, 1998).
So I guess you could find your most powerful campaign axis precisely in that: contrary to what the Northern-minded political leaders tell, intolerance to homosexuality is a betrayal to the properly African values and cultural heritage.
And that idea could be expressed in short but precise campaign mottos or the like, such as "tolerance is African, discriminating the different is an imported vice" or "living with the different is African, discrimination and repression are imported vices" - and so on.
Of course I am not really inside your reality, so I may be speaking nonsense, but please understand this lines as a heart-felt statement of being-together with all you brothers and sisters who are going through such difficult times on the sacred Mother-of-All Continent.
A warm African-Brazilian hug, and...
THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! :D