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Jeremy Nel's Avatar Jump to comment 21 by Jeremy Nel

I still do not know any African country...

I support the general tenor of Igwe's article wholeheartedly, but in South Africa at least, the constitution is explicit about the right to "freedom of religion, thought, belief and opinion" as well as outlawing "advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm". Furthermore, it denies the state or individuals the right to discriminate on the basis or religion or belief. [Legally, not having a religion is the same as having a religion, with regards to these rights.]

I'm not sure about other African countries, but I'd be surprised if a few of them didn't have similar provisions too.

As I said, though, this is not to undermine the central point of the article, which is excellently made.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:15:43 UTC | #944959