Last week, Obama headed to Kenya for his first visit there as president. Though many believe that Kenya is Obama’s “home country,” he wasn’t welcomed with the open arms he was likely expecting…
Homosexuality is still illegal in Kenya, so the country was outraged when Obama called for the U.S. to legalize the practice. Instead of keeping his mouth shut, Obama couldn’t resist giving Kenya a lecture on gay rights on their own soil. Unfortunately for Obama,Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta wasn’t having any of this.
“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode. And bad things happen,” Obama said during a Saturday news conference with Kenyatta, according to Conservative Tribune.
Obama had been warned by Kenyan officials not to push his gay rights agenda, but in typical Obama-form, he ignored them. Enraged by this, Kenyatta decided not to let Obama get away with humiliating him in his own country.
“The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said as he stood right next to Obama. “But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.”
“It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” Kenyatta added. “This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the (gay rights issue) is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.”
What Obama doesn’t understand is that gay rights is the last thing that African countries need to be thinking about. They are just focusing on day-to-day survival, so social issues are not a priority for them right now. We’re glad that Kenyatta gave Obama the dose of reality he so desperately needed!
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