dominance in which the hegemon rules geopolitically subordinate
states by the implied means of power, the threat of force, rather
than by direct military force
Although not all multiculturalists are cultural relativists, all cultural relativists are multiculturalists...if only because they believe that no culture is superior to another.
What's interesting about those multiculturalists of the former stripe is not only that they aren't consistent--especially when another culture rejects their values--but also that they are hegemons.
Take, for example, the "Statement on Homosexuality" issued on February 18, 2014, by the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He was responding to a similar statement made by President Obama, in which he threatened Museveni that his views could jeopardize relations between the two nations.
President Museveni wasn't shy in stating his views concerning the subject:
- The promotion of homosexuality in Uganda must be criminalized or rather should continue to be criminalized because the British had already done that.
- Those who agree to become homosexuals for mercenary reasons (prostitutes) should be harshly punished as should those who paid them to be homosexual prostitutes.
- Exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the world, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct, even for heterosexuals.
President Museveni wasn't sure about persons who were born homosexual. Asserting there "are rare deviations in nature from the normal," Museveni thought it "wrong to punish somebody on account of being born abnormal." So, he consulted widely--including Ms. Kerry Kennedy (USA)--who forwarded opinions from US scientists who believe there are indications that homosexuality can be congenital. Putting these opinions to scientists from the Ugandan Department of Genetics, the School of Medicine, and the Ministry of Health, their unanimous conclusion--contrary to President Museveni's earlier thinking--was that homosexuality is behavioral and not genetic. That is, homosexuality is learned and can be unlearned.
Museveni's views concerning homosexuality--quoted widely around the globe by the mainstream media--were mocked as evidencing stunning ignorance. Arguably, no world leader was more strenuous in objecting to Museveni's views than was President Obama, who went so far as to state that if those views are enacted as law in Uganda, it would "complicate our valued relationship."
But, Museveni would have none of it, telling President Obama:
Africans do not seek to impose their views on anybody. We do not
want anybody to impose their views on us. This very debate was
was provoked by Western groups who come to our schools and
try to recruit children into homosexuality. It is better to limit the
damage rather than exacerbate it....There are a myriad acts the
societies in the West do that we frown on or even detest.
If the multiculturalists are to be believed, what Ugandans believe about homosexuality should matter not. In fact, such diversity in views should be honored, if not celebrated!
But, in this instance, the multiculturalists act as if their much-cherished cultural values are far superior to those held by the Ugandan people. Furthermore, the multiculturalists believe they have the right to impose their values--whether by indoctrinating children in schools or through the media or through their United Nations programs--upon the Ugandan people.
Museveni sees right through the charade. In this instance, the multiculturalists--including President Obama--are hegemons who practice cultural imperialism. According to Museveni, his government should "sensitize the youth about the healthy life style that is abundant in our cultures."
Let the discussion begin...
To read President Museveni's statement, click on the following link: