Kenyan President SHUT DOWN Obama’s Gay Rights Lecture
President Obama lectured Kenya’s president on gay rights during his visit to Kenya as president Saturday, despite pleas from African leaders prior to his visit to leave his views on homosexuality at home.
“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. And when a government gets in habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread,” Obama said during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Obama said he understands the pain of being treated differently because of his race.
“As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,”he said. “As somebody who has family in Kenya and knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women and girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations,”
Obama’s call for universal gay rights was quickly dismissed by Kenyatta, who described the issue as something “our culture, our society does not accept.”
“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. 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. This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the [gay right issue] is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas that are day-to-day living for our people,” he said, citing heath concerns and women’s rights.
“This issue is not really an issue that is on the foremost of mind for Kenyans, and that is a fact,” he said to drawing applause from the Kenyan audience.
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