THE Exchange”, a news debate of sorts, between CNN’s Larry Madowo and Ghana Member of Parliament (MP), Sam George, just projected America’s push for global gay rights at its arrogant and most insensitive worst.
Don’t even know which cuts more: the sheer conceit of it all — America’s right to impose its celebrated decadence on others as “human rights”?
Or puffing up a Kenyan with American dollars and American accent — which come with the territory of being a CNN reporter — and dispatching him back to Africa to hector and lecture on the so-called gay rights?
Hector and lecture with leading questions, hinged on faulty premises, even a Logic 101 student would dare not ask in private, talk less of doing so on “global” TV? Global — is that not the reach CNN boasts? And in such a stentorian and insufferable tone too!
Madowo, Kenyan and CNN reporter, began his “inquisition”, into the audacity of the Ghana Parliament, to make laws against homosexuality in Ghana! Ghana MP, George, one of the sponsors of the bill, was his guest.
“Why are you pushing this bill,” Madowo opened in a most sensational harangue, “that would legalize hate and homophobia in Ghana?”
But George’s clinical response too gave no quarters: if “hate and homophobia in Ghana” was what Madowo was all about — the cheek of it! — then he had the wrong guy, discussing the wrong topic!
The bill he co-sponsored in the Ghana Parliament, George insisted, was sexual rights in conformity with Ghana culture and values, as sanctioned by the Ghana constitution.
But the Madowo, insufferable African depository of American neo-sexual canon; and crusading angel of America’s inalienable right to impose own adopted preferences on the rest of the world, was not done.
Those gays too, he blundered — too triumphal to see the trap — “are also Ghanaian; they are part of Ghanaian culture; and they are saying that they are gay, they are trans-sexual, and they are bi-sexual …”
Ghana culture! Pray, by whose account — the Ghana constitution? Ghana cultural laws and practices? Or annoying America playing God?
“Some of the individuals who are involved in planning terror attacks on America are American citizens,” George deadpanned, cold and sweet, with a fleeting pause for effect. “Is it American culture to kill people?”
That sent Madowo stuttering, his nose out of joint. That was “false comparison” he stammered but caught himself, realizing how rude that sounded. The comparison was not the same he managed to quack, before essaying a pathetic bluff on what he would rather focus on …
But the Ghana MP, smelling blood and taking no prisoners, let fly a flurry of verbal punches, even as humbled CNN leaned and reeled on the virtual ropes, as a boxer who just ran into a staccato of sucker punches!
Ghana culture was clear — and gay rights were not part of it! Ghana will make laws to enforce its sexual culture; and America had better snap out of its delusion, if it thought it could bludgeon Ghana with its gay campaigns — and just as well!
America is within its rights to develop its sexual rights. But to assume a missionary complex to impose homosexuality on other cultures is a bridge too far.
Hardball is glad MP George put Uncle Sam and his CNN megaphone in their place.