Giving ’em What They Don’t Want

38kingFrom The Stream. African Activist: Stop Using Western Aid to Force Leftist Values on Our Cultures

Obianuju Ekeocha is a UK-based activist and author from Nigeria who founded Culture of Life Africa. Her organization defends African culture from Western governments and charities intent on pushing a ‘progressive’ agenda on African families. In her zeal to defend natural marriage and unborn life, Ekeocha has confronted various powerful figures, from Melinda Gates and President Barack Obama to U.N. Delegates and even the Catholic Church’s recent Synod on the Family.

Most of us in the West know very little about African culture, and yet many of us unwittingly support the very “charities” and foreign aid policies that Ekeocha believes are harmful to African people. To get Ekeocha’s take, I contacted her for an interview, which was conducted via email September 5.

Stephen Herreid: What got you started? Why did you found Culture of Life Africa, and how did you become a world-traveling advocate of the Gospel of Life?

Obianuju Ekeocha: I was born and raised in a small town in Nigeria. And I had the great blessing of assimilating, from my family and society, basic principles and values of faith, family, love, life, dignity and discipline.

I was taught that sex was sacred and best reserved for marriage, that marriage was the foundation of family, and that family was supposed to be the center of love and support. I understood that human life was precious from the womb and so every abortion was a serious attack against human life.

I knew, even as a young girl going through the less-than-perfect educational system in Nigeria, that my empowerment was dependent on my continued access to education rather than my access to contraception (and abortion).

By the time I moved to Europe in my mid-twenties for my masters degree, I realized that even though there was much to admire in the Western culture that I had moved into, there was a part of this culture that I could not accept or embrace because it was the direct opposite of the values I had learnt from my youth.

For years I held my thoughts, opinions and convictions to myself, but in 2012, when I heard that Melinda Gates was launching a multibilliondollar contraception and population control project targeted towards the 69 poorest countries in the world (most of which were African countries), I saw this as a bold move on her part to impose her worldview upon the poorest of the world. She was pushing to shift the views of millions of people on family, motherhood, marriage and sex.

This was cultural imperialism and I couldn’t reconcile with it or be silent about it.

It is Ms. Ekeocha’s last point here that struck me when we were working on the latest issue of Salvo—specifically from Nicole M. King’s article on this very topic. I had never thought about it in those terms, “cultural imperialism,” but of course that is exactly what it is. Ms. King writes in her article Fertility Fixers: Population Controllers Miscalculate

The second big incongruity in the NPR article—and others like it—is that apparently, when it comes to babies, it’s okay for the West to throw away its multicultural principles and instead be racist and colonial and altogether creepy toward people in less-developed countries. Despite all their talk about affirming the choices and cultures of people in those countries, the U.S. and other developed nations are brazenly poking their noses into the most intimate relationships that people can have.

Policymakers like to cite maternal mortality rates as justification for such intrusion, and admittedly, the rates in Ghana and other sub-Saharan nations are much higher than those in the developed world. But given that African women seem generally to want more children, why do we spend billions of dollars on birth control for them and then billions more trying to convince them to use it? The title of one of those Guttmacher Institute fact sheets says it all—”Costs and Benefits of Investing in Contraceptive Services in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

It’s the money, honey. The current model of reproductive foreign aid—injecting women with contraceptive implants or inserting IUDs—costs a lot less than setting up clinics and helping women deliver safely. It also costs the West a lot less in humanitarian aid when there are fewer women and children to care for. And it’s a lot more in line with our elite’s anti-baby ideology.

Food for thought.

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Vanity of Vanities!

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A good article from Touchstone magazine that I think Salvo readers will appreciate:

The True Atheist Myth
Jordan Bissell on Past & Present Atheism & the Invention of Happiness

In a review of Alister McGrath’s recent book, The Big Question, Barbara King, a professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, takes issue with McGrath’s characterization of atheism as lacking the meaning which, McGrath contends, can be found in a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview. That the philosophical implications of atheism should doom the atheist to an arid and desolate existence, King contends, is an unkillable myth: a shibboleth of the faithful as buoyant but as false as the contention that Darwin experienced a deathbed conversion. King ends her article by wondering, “How to make this unkillable myth about atheism into a moribund myth?” . . .

Bissell goes on to say that the main reason this “shibboleth of the faithful” persists is that the most famous atheists themselves have affirmed it. Read some quotes:

Nietzsche argued that we have to come to terms with “the belief in the absolute immorality of nature and in the utter purposelessness and meaninglessness of our psychologically necessary human impulses and affections.”

“Nature, averse to crime? I tell you that nature lives and breathes by it, hungers at all her pores for bloodshed, yearns with all her heart for the furtherance of cruelty.”—Marquis de Sade

“Man is a useless passion” & “There can no longer be any good a priori. . . . Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist, and man is in consequence forlorn.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

“we cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous—indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.”—Richard Dawkins

Related reading from Salvo:

Statism’s Deadbeat Dad
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
by Terrell Clemmons

Capital Losses
Nietzsche on Losing English Morality
by Cameron Wybrow

The Zombie Killers
Nihilism Threatens Us with the Walking Dead
by Regis Nicoll

Blinded by Science?
Don’t Be; That’s Just the New Atheists Masking Their Faith Choice
by Terrell Clemmons

Offensive No More

Trending on Facebook:

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She meant to say “people of color” instead of “colored people.” Oh, so that’s how it works! You just need to switch around the word-order and then it’s not offensive anymore. It all makes perfect sense now.

Frankly, I find this entire story offensive so I mixed it and fixed it for you, dear readers.

Robach, in a Monday-issued apology, stated that what she said was “a reflection NOT of how I feel or speak in my life everyday,” and that “color-positive people” is what she had meant to say.

The Not-So-Free Exchange of Ideas (continued)

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From dailywire.com:

. . . Last week, DePaul University informed the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom chapter (of which I am Vice Chairman) that they plan to partake in this attack. DePaul University has banned conservative commentator Ben Shapiro from appearing on campus. Mr. Shapiro’s strong defense of the Constitution and conservative values is apparently too much for the University and its students to handle. . . .

Last week I posted a link on Facebook to this article from the Salvo online archives: Party Schools–David Horowitz Zeros In on the Indoctrination of Students by Ideologues by Marcia Segelstein. It received a mostly positive response, but of course there were some naysayers. Here’s on of them:

The evidence is actually the other way around. Higher education boards are stuffed with wall st tycoons and “foundation” representation. The agendas are so twisted to be run like a business, you end up with blowhard disinformation campaigns like this. It’s the information age, all the presumptive statements here are easily refuted.

I’m glad we have naysayers and they are always welcome to say their nays on our fb posts, but I just wanted to share this story with you as a followup—this being the information age and all. In the case of Mr. Shapiro, I wish the tycoons, fat cats, and foundations would of helped him out.

See below for more blowhard disinformation from your friends at Salvo.

Civilization & Its Malcontents
How Soviet Disinformation Infected the West & What the West Can Do About It
by Terrell Clemmons

Campus Gags
The Not-So-Free Exchange of Ideas
by A.W.R. Hawkins

Mind Control
Now Occurring at a University Near You
by Herb London

Guide for the Misguided
A Clarifying Journey of Intervention, Detox & Recovery
by Terrell Clemmons

Superhuman Summer

An inspiring video for the 2016 Paralympics. Also check out this interview with the singer, Tony Dee, over at Lifesite.

Dee hopes the 2016 “Superhumans” advertising video will not only go viral in England but around the world and bring enhanced awareness to those with disabilities.

“The thing that stands out to me is that people should see people with disabilities as having the ability to live a life that is worthwhile,” he said. “So I feel very strongly about being pro-life and am very concerned about the moves towards a society where we have couples becoming pregnant expecting a baby who might have a disability and then getting rid of the baby way too easily.”