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  1. Jac,

    I really like that quote by Obama at the end of the story about him promoting gay rights in Kenya.
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    “If you look at the history of countries around the world, when you start treating people differently,” he said, “that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen.”
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    Its so true. Meanwhile, fundamentalist nut job, Pat Robertson is begging him in the most condescending way to basically become a dictator and ban the gays!

    Pat Robertson: Obama Must Listen To ‘His Fellow Africans’ And Ban Homosexuality
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-robertson-obama-must-listen-his-fellow-africans-and-ban-homosexuality

    Thankfully Obama knows better than to listen to people like him.

  2. I’m glad Obama is taking a stand for LGBT and women’s rights in Africa. Enough with cultural relativism. Hurting people is wrong, regardless of tradition.

    As to Pat Robertson’s BS, Obama is the POTUS, not the POA. So if he’s bound by public opinion, it would be that of the US public, which overwhelmingly supports gay rights.

    • As an anthropologist, I’d like to point out that cultural relativism is not the same as moral relativism. A cultural relativist would argue that we should help LGBT activists on the ground in Kenya on their own terms and not impose our own ideas on them, whereas a moral relativist would be more likely to argue that we should not be involved because of differences in moral systems.

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