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
32 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2009
Date Written: 1996
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
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