Limitations on Religious Rights: Problematizing Religious Freedom in the African Context

RELIGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, Johan D. van der Vyver, John Witte, Jr., eds., pp. 417-440, 1996

Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 5, 1999

32 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2009

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

The piece argues that the two messianic faiths - Christianity and Islam - are driven by proselytizing impulses that have violated the cultural integrity and humanity of Africans. The conscious, willful, and planned displacement of African religions goes beyond the legitimate bounds of religious advocacy and violates the human rights of Africans. This orchestrated process of the vilification and demonization of African religions represents more than just an attack on the religious freedoms of Africans - it is an act of cultural genocide and a repudiation of the humanity of Africans.

Keywords: messianic faiths, Islam, Christianity, culture, identity, missionary, colonialism, religious rights, barbarism

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau, Limitations on Religious Rights: Problematizing Religious Freedom in the African Context (1996). RELIGIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, Johan D. van der Vyver, John Witte, Jr., eds., pp. 417-440, 1996, Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 5, 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1526677

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