This world overflows with double standards

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Human beings, by their very nature are very hypocritical. Why do we apply double standards so easily?

France is in the process of imposing a law that will ban muslim women residing in that country from wearing the buibui (burqa) in public. The romantic French argue that covering yourself from top to toe is not in line with their culture.

I must say that I respect the French for acknowledging the importance of practicing and protecting their culture, even by law if need be.

In fact today if you decided to live in France, you would be required to sign a contract acknowledging that polygamy and FGM are not in line with their culture and therefore you shall not practice them.

Tres bien, mes amie!

Not a single country in the West has spoken out against the burqa legislation, not withstanding the fact that it forces people to alter a lifestyle that is imposed by religion. It seems that everybody has accepted this to be France’s internal affair.

Now come to Africa, and more specifically Uganda. A big number of people there feel that homosexuality goes against Ugandan culture, and there is a Bill proposing stiff penalties for those who behave in this un-African way.

This Bill proposes the death penalty for one who has homosexual relations with a minor, or knowingly transmits – sexually – HIV to somebody of the same sex.

And that is where the Western world finds its voice. President Barack Obama has described the proposed legislation as ‘odious’.  Hilary Clinton has voiced her opposition, and groups such as Human Rights Watch have condemned the Bill, saying it would reverse democratic and human rights gains.

Really? How about the human rights of those who cannot practice their religion fully?

Let’s leave that topic there, and pick another one. On Christmas Day, some rich Nigerian kid was aboard a flight to the US with alleged intentions of blowing it up. The world is in unanimous agreement – this was a terrorist attempt. I concur.

My problem comes when Mrs Clinton blasts Nigeria over the issue. She recently said that Nigeria’s poor leadership and governance was to blame for the radicalisation of the youth.

The alleged terrorist grew up in opulence: His father is a retired chairman of one of the country’s largest banks. He studied in the UK, and while there lived at an upmarket apartment block.

In fact, reports suggest that Umar Abdulmutallab was recruited by terrorist elements in the UK and received training in Yemen, NOT Nigeria on either count. So, why connect Nigeria to this? Why not UK, where radicals preyed on an erstwhile innocent young man?

These double standards suck!

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  • msema kweli

    I agree Laura, Kenyans should start acting. It begins with you(and me). Lets act by stopping to give bribes, to speak out against ills.

  • Lawrence Njenga- Limuru

    Laura…nice feature on your website. Anyway my point is simple. Kenyans are looking at Ruto now as a Hero. Like Artur is a BAD GUY but who wouldn’t want his autograph? Kenyan voters are everything their politicians are.

  • Githinji

    The Kenya we want is one without corruption but i don’t see and end it. We have tried to be united against it, remember 2002 when Kibaki become President,but it fought back hard and won. Guys as young as 20 are now seriously discussing ways to get to parliament and government so as to get involved in highly corruption ie Trition after all once we defraud billions all we need to do is by some MPs and get an expensive lawyer.It’s a small sacrifice for the billions.

  • Shikuku – USA

    How i wish more and more Kenyans got themselves engaged in the affairs of our great nation. Rally one another against relentless impunity by our leaders.
    Our leaders have lost the sense of being responsible to their employers thus continue to act recklessly in parliament (censure motion), they taint the image of our nations integrity. I dread reading news from Kenya everyday because they scream “something is not right again” and the worst is yet to come. Kenyans lets get involved in pragmatic political decisions of our nation right from our dinner tables. Lets resolve to build a better Nation on the principles of democracy. It can be done. WE CAN DO IT! I believe.

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