Barack Obama defies Kenyan evangelicals
Ahead of his recent visit to Kenya, President Obama was warned by hundreds of evangelical pastors to steer well clear of the gay rights and same-sex marriage.
According to this report, 700 Kenyan pastors wrote an open letter asking the President not to come to their country and talk about gay equality issues.
Bishop Mark Kariuki, pictured above with his wife, was the key architect of that letter. He leads an alliance representing 38,000 churches and 10 million Kenyan Christians. He said:
We do not want him to come and talk on homosexuality in Kenya or push us to accepting that which is against our faith and culture.
Let him talk about development; let him talk about cooperation; let him talk about the long-time relationship Kenya has had with America, But about our beliefs and culture – keep off!
Well, Obama did not “keep off”, and at a press conference with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, spoke movingly about the cause of gay rights, comparing the plight of homosexuals to the battle against slavery and segregation in the USA.
He said he was:
Painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law. That’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen. When a government gets in the habit of treating people differently, those habits can spread.
Kenyatta reacted by declaring gay rights in Kenya as “a non-issue”.
The fact of the matter is that Kenya and the United States share so many values … but there are some things that we must admit we don’t share.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and 37 other African countries. In fact, Kenya’s penal code says any individual “who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” can face 14 years jail time.
Bishop Kariuki said he’ll fight to keep homosexuality a crime in Kenya.
It is an abomination to God. Kenya is 82 percent Christian. So, as far as our conviction and our faith are concerned it is not a natural thing
Kariuki said the President was destroying America with his support for gay marriage.
I believe that with all my heart with that agenda he is ruining America because America has been known as a Christian nation. It has been known as a nation that has sent missionaries out. Now it is a different nation all together because it is an agenda against God!
Enter American evangelist Franklin Graham. According to Pink News:
He could not help but shake his weary head in disbelief after reading reports that the US President publicly challenged Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about gay rights over the weekend.
Graham wrote on Facebook:
I didn’t know that we were sending our president halfway around the world to promote the gay and lesbian agenda!
Samaritan’s Purse has an office in Kenya and has worked there many years, and I can tell you that the churches in Kenya know what the Bible says about homosexuality — it is a sin.
As a world leader, the United States of America is now exporting the acceptance of immorality via our president. What will the cost of that be?
This is not the first time Graham has supported the anti-gay approach to leadership – he has praised Russia’s leader, claiming Vladimir Putin is “doing what’s right for Russia” by implementing anti-gay policies.
Meeanwhile, we learned this week that a new documenary, showing how Western evangelicals are generating hatred towards LBGT communities in Uganda, has been released.
The Story of Western Christian Evangelicals in Uganda shows that these dangerous bigots:
Have turned to the developing world to spread their hateful anti-gay sentiments, as their views are no longer tolerated by the majority in their own countries.
Their actions have lead not only to anti-gay legislation, but extremely high levels of homophobia among the public in these nations that are a target of the homophobic propaganda.
Hat tip: Angela K (Frankin Graham report)