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I honestly thought all this began and ended with YouTube conspiracy theorists in 2013 but apparently Illuminati truthers still have sway. A group of religious organizations in Senegal collected under the name No To Freemasonry and Homosexuality (...yeah) have called for Rihanna's upcoming visit to the country to be canceled, because they believe she promotes homosexuality via her links with freemasonry, also known as the Illuminati.
To be honest, maybe that's true, and if it is, surely it's all the more reason to invite Rihanna over? Not according to No To Freemasonry and Homosexuality! Despite the fact that she'll be visiting in her capacity as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education, for a conference hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron and Senegal's president Macky Sall, and also despite her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts, the group are simply not having it, thank you very much.
A spokesman, Cheikh Omar Diagne told Jeune Africa that "Rihanna doesn’t hide it: she’s part of the Illuminati, a branch of Freemasons." They believe that via the freemasons, Rihanna is attempting to promote homosexuality, which they disagree with as an organization of traditional Islamic groups. They argue, therefore, that she shouldn't be given entry to the country.
Anyway, she hasn't been banned just yet, so let's end by thinking about all the good she'll be doing when she gets there, as a part of the Global Partnership for Education. Speaking to the Guardian, GPE's President Julia Gillard said:
We’re hoping that the conference marks the moment that momentum shifts globally on education and education financing. Over the last few years, there’s been growing global interest in education, particularly girls’ education, but financing hasn’t as yet followed. We need a step change.
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