Democratic Leadership, Religious Values, and Social Justice: Examining the Ethical Dimensions of Anti-Gay Legislation in Africa
Songs of lament and frustration pervade the political landscape of many African countries. They signal disappointment with apparently indifferent political institutions. Ironically, this sense of melancholy, economic insecurity, and existential despair has heightened since the heralded return of democracy to a continent that arguably leads the rest of the world in its prodigious production of, and almost saintly tolerance for, dictators and political brutes. The expectation that a change in the label of government would be accompanied by a radical transformation in the material conditions of the people and their rulers’ governing philosophy and attitudes has proven to be both premature and exaggerated. It does not seem to have mattered much whether the stewards of African political institutions are decked in khaki or agbada: the human impact of their abysmal performance and reckless lifestyles has remained the same. In contrast to what was promised with independence, which was a deft management of the collective patrimony to restore and protect human dignity, the continent’s experience has been, instead, a succession of an alliance of a tiny fraction of the populace representing narrow interests, routinely cornering the vast actual and potential wealth of the land, while the vast majority of the citizens live out their lives in the shadow of the terrible indignities of want, insecurity, and hopelessness.
KeywordsSexual Minority Human Dignity Political Leader Political Community Charismatic Leader
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