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Africa's Culture Wars
Uganda’s Porn Police Strike Again
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  • Kevin

    It’s not clear that technology will favor the individual versus the state going forward. China and a lot of others are investing serious energy in promoting the power of the state of technology, Their successes at this will make these repressive technologies available to other states.

  • Rodney

    Interesting. As liberal leaders in the West attempt to export liberal values to third world nations that are embracing more conservative/traditional Christian values, they become the very imperialists they denounce.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Because modern porn is mostly created, marketed and transmitted by incorporated entities, the battle against it, if any, should be waged in the sphere of what citizens allow incorporated entities to do—–in this country or any country. If we find ourselves saying “that’s impossible”, then the question is “exactly why is it impossible?” A bunch of “evangelicals” creating a government empowered to arrest PEOPLE for photos sent into their phones by a bunch of corporations is church gone stupid.

  • solstice

    So porn is immoral but Christianity is not? That’s the biggest joke I’ve ever heard. I’d take the morality of consenting adults having sex on camera over the morality of god saving us from our sins by having his son tortured to death in Bronze Age Palestine any day of the week.

    • Fred

      1. Once again, your characterization of Christianity doesn’t even rise to the level of straw man, just n’yah n’yah. No Christian believes that God had his son tortured to death. The son as God willingly sacrificed himself for our sins. In other words, God Himself became a human being and voluntarily suffered and died as one of us. If you want to be taken seriously, at least make an attempt to address what Christians actually believe rather than Hitchens-esque caricatures (which, btw, are not clever and witty, as you imagine, but shallow and dumb).

      2. The fact that Uganda’s penalties for porn possession are barbaric and vastly disproportionate to the offense does not mean there is nothing wrong with pornography. If you accept the premise that human beings are more than pleasure-maximizing meatware, it is quite rational to oppose pornography, which normalizes that dehumanizing view, helping bring it closer to reality, with real consequences for real human lives and relationships.

      3. What could morality possibly be to a materialist atheist? An individual choice or cultural construction? An evolutionary adaptation? How does one adjudicate among choices and constructions, since they are obviously different and often conflicting? Or is anything one chooses or anything a culture constructs moral? If that is the case, on what grounds do you judge Uganda’s policy immoral? As for evolution, behavior you consider moral may often be adaptive, but so can many behaviors you would consider immoral, e.g., conquest, rape, pillage, and authoritarian hierarchy. Is Uganda’s policy immoral if it is adaptive for that culture? In any case, a meaningless and valueless process of random mutation and natural selection cannot produce genuine morality–which is irreducibly value-laden and purposive–but only a simulacrum of morality, just as you materialists believe it produces only a simulacrum of teleology. Once I have seen through that illusion, why should I be bound by it? And how can you condemn Uganda (or Christianity for that matter) on the basis of a “morality” that is nothing more than a simulacrum, an illusion produced by blind, impersonal forces that resulted in certain strands of DNA getting passed on?

      If you’re going to be a materialist atheist, solstice, at least have the courage of your convictions. If there is no God, there is no objective morality, which is to say no morality full stop, hence no basis for condemning Christianity or anyone or anything else for immorality. The most you can say is “I don’t like what [insert boogeyman here] does or did.” To which the logical response is “So what?”

      • solstice

        Alright Frederico, Christianity doesn’t say that god had his son tortured to death in Bronze Age Palestine to save us from our sins; Christianity says that god had himself tortured to death in Bronze Age Palestine to save us from our sins. Are you happy now? Seriously, how is your characterization of core Christian doctrine substantially different or deeper (since mine is so shallow) than mine? And Christianity doesn’t just say that god became a man in order to “willingly suffer for our sins”; it says that god became a man in order to be tortured to death in one of the most horrific and grotesque ways possible to save us from our sins. It also says that those who do not accept this outrageous proposition will languish in hell for eternity. And there you gnu Jesus freaks go again with your “objective moral standards can only come from god” silliness. Do you know how I know that moral standards are not derived from the supernatural? My dog behaves far more morally than the average Christian or, for that matter, the Christian deity.

        • Fred

          You may be (or, more charitably, pretend to be) too obtuse to comprehend it, but there is a vast difference between a God who arbitrarily has a human being tortured to death and a God who is willing to undergo such a death Himself out of love for His creation. Your shallowness here consists in your unwillingness or inability to make that distinction. As for your dog, that is just more silly, shallow n’yah n’yah logic. But to take it far more seriously than it deserves, by what standard does your dog behave more morally than Christians, and from where is that standard derived?

  • solstice

    What a travesty it is that a country as impoverished as Uganda is devoting its scarce resources to such a trivial matter when it should be entirely focused on addressing real challenges such as rooting out endemic corruption and illiteracy and preventing disease. Once again, religion poisons everything.

  • Josephbleau

    Vachel Lindsay’s “Mumbo Jumbo God of the Congo” is now Jesus and he wants to hoodoo you up.

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