In Kenya this past weekend President Obama took the opportunity to speak down to his hosts, demagoguing their nation’s perspective on homosexuality.
“That is the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen. When the government gets in the habit of treating people differently, those habits can spread.
As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the history of what happens when people are treated differently under the law. There were all sorts of rationalizations that were provided by the power structure for decades in the United States for segregation and Jim Crow and slavery, and they were wrong.”
But Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta stood his ground reminding Obama that he is not Kenyan and should therefore not attempt to impose his own morality (or immorality) on the Kenyan people.
“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 rights issue] is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.”