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Theresa May's patronising apology to Africa

Theresa May's patronising apology to Africa

by Carolyn Moynihan | May 16, 2018

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You would think that Theresa May, caught between Brexiteers and Remoaners (as one of our favourite Conservative websites calls them), had enough on her plate without meddling in the cultural affairs of African countries that had their own Brexit more than 50 years ago. But that is what the British Prime Minister did recently during the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, when she apologised for the anti-sodomy laws that Britain bequeathed to her former Empire.

On the other hand, the apology was a smart strategic move, grabbing world headlines and distracting the media for a day or two from Mrs May’s own awful problems over withdrawing from the EU. There’s nothing quite like championing gay rights to make one look like a great leader.

But it doesn’t wash with our Kenyan correspondent. As Mathew Otieno points out in our lead article, African countries have repealed and replaced countless colonial era laws in the past 50 years; if they have not done so in the case of “anti-gay” laws it is because they have decided not to. Is that anyone’s business but their own?

I also have to give a special mention to an article by Professor J. Budziszewski, an expert on Thomas Aquinas, regarding what the great philosopher-theologian really had to say about marriage and procreation. It is well worth your while to read, mark and inwardly digest.

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