‘Killer’ Christian ideology fuels global homophobia, says HRC

A new report from Human Rights Watch exposes how the right-wing group the National Democratic Congress in the Republic of Ghana’s state has sought to exploit anti-gay sentiments to enforce its Christian agenda.

African LGBTQ activists are increasingly targeted. Because of religious pressure, criminalization of homosexuality is also on the rise in Uganda and Uganda, Senegalese, Senegal, and Nigeria are currently reviewing their LGBTQ laws. Cameroon has also recently passed a law criminalizing homosexuality.

This cycle shows that the conflict between LGBTQ rights and LGBT rights is itself largely religious based and cycles back around.

“These attitudes and criminalization of LGBT people can echo these very deep and interrelated religious and ideological commitments. In particular, both religious conservatives and LGBT people in authoritarian countries seem to increasingly come to believe that their claims to Christian values are superior to rights of the LGBT community and that the war on homosexuality represents a sort of good fight for the kingdom of God,” said Erik Lehrvogel, a researcher with Human Rights Watch.

The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) have a history of being involved in “militant homophobia.”

“The NDC has been a partner with the rebel group MNJ in northern Ghana where homosexuality is a crime. It is also reported that NDC government linked anti-gay legislation to the argument that homosexuality interferes with efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in the country,” reports the HRC report.

This will likely see the western nations help coordinate their efforts to force nations to decriminalize homosexuality.

The past is also relevant. HIV status has been linked to attempts to criminalize homosexuality.

“Along with increasing LGBT activism in Ghana, there is an alarming rise in violence and other attacks against LGBT people. This is in part a reaction to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to perceptions that the government of Ghana is condoning criminal activity,” says Lehrvogel.

Numerous domestic and international rights groups are now pushing for reform around the world.

“Prison wardens in prisons in Senegal, Cameroon, and Nigeria reported that gay men with HIV were held in solitary confinement, denied access to basic health care, and threatened with further physical abuse for being HIV positive. As a result, many have stopped seeking treatment altogether,” states the HRC report.

The report also notes that despite almost a decade of agitation, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda do not allow open and expansive discussion around homosexuality.

Leave a Comment