NAIROBI, May 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama is welcome to visit Kenya this summer – but please, leave the preaching to us, an ecumenical coalition of religious leaders has said. Believers of all backgrounds, as well as the nation's political leaders, say they are weary of President Obama's continual scolding that Africa must abandon its religious convictions and embrace homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.”
“We would like to send a strong message to the U.S. president that the homosexuality debate should not become part of his agenda, as it has been his tendency whenever he comes to Africa,” Bishop Mark Kariuki told the Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation, on Monday.
The megachurch pastor, who advises 700 pastors as leader of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, added that Obama “should respect the faith, culture, and people of Kenya when he comes in July. He should not put [homosexuality] as one of his main agenda in the country.”
The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya and members of the nation's Parliament plan to protest Obama's visit. “We are not prepared to accept, hear, or listen to anyone lecturing us on how our culture is good or bad,” said Adan Wachu, the council's chairman.
The remarks represent the continuing fallout of President Obama's decision to place homosexuality at the center of his foreign policy, particularly in Africa.
In June 2013, Obama provoked a clash with the president of Senegal, Mackey Sall, over the nation's rejection of the LGBT political agenda. Standing alongside Sall just the day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, Obama said that people should be accorded rights based on “sexual orientation. And that's a principle that I think applies universally.”
Sall retorted that Senegal “is not homophobic” and is “very tolerant.”
Although Obama did not visit his ancestral homeland during his $100 million vacation two summers ago, Kenyan leaders denounced Obama's comments.
Homosexuality “goes against our customs and traditions.” Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto said at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Maili Kumi. “We believe in God.”
“This nation, the nation of Kenya,” he said, is “sovereign and God-fearing.”
Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, followed suit. “Those people who have already ruined their society…let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go,” said the cardinal, who is also president of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths.”
The standoff was a pretty pass for a president elected on the promise that he would restore tranquility and peace to America's relationship with other nations around the world. It was neither the first nor the last time that the president decided that advancing the homosexual agenda trumped indigenous African human rights issues.
In 2011, Western nations denied Malawi nearly $350 million, because the nation banned homosexual activity. Wikileaks revealed the Obama administration coordinated with homosexual activists to promote the LGBT agenda in Sierra Leone.
Janice Shaw Crouse, the executive director of the World Congress of Families last gathering, told LifeSiteNews at the time that President Obama's actions are a form of “cultural imperialism – exporting the sexual crusade of a very small minority of Americans with outsized influence,” who have tried “to tear down the moral foundations of our nation as well as the rest of the world.”
More recently, both U.S. political and African religious leaders say the Obama administration withheld aid to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist organization, because the nation rejects same-sex “marriage.”
Obama's would-be successor and former secretary of state would follow in his footsteps if elected, observers say.
“There is a whole movement in which many people in the Obama administration are involved — Hillary Clinton at the forefront — that is pushing the ‘sexual rights’ agenda,” said Sharon Slater, producer of Cultural Imperialism, The Sexual Rights Agenda. African political leaders “were being blackmailed, bribed, and bullied into accepting sexual rights that run counter to their religious and cultural values.”
Just last month, Hillary Clinton said “religious beliefs” against abortion and homosexuality “have to be changed.”