When government has a say in how consenting adults may behave in the privacy of their bedrooms, it has too much power over its citizen’s choices. Government’s job should be governing economies and policies and environments, not ruling people or policing morality.
But we see in Africa that when government officials can’t fulfil their promises, they turn to governing what isn’t theirs to govern. These politicians divide and conquer; they put up scapegoats and play on myths and fears, recklessly endangering the most vulnerable and misunderstood people in society.
When they are asked to dispel the myths behind prejudices like homophobia – which would expose that they’d exploited those myths and prejudices for votes as well – these types of governments hide behind the excuse that the majority has no tolerance for same-sex relationships; therefore, the gays should perish as per the demand of the majority.
But where do we draw the line on the…
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