I’m Sorry Obama, Our Culture And Civilization Does Not Accept Homosexuality – Kenyatta

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  • Leaders disagree over homosexual privileges
  • Both powerful leaders are sons of Kenya

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President Obama publicly disagreed with his Kenyan counterpart over gay rights today as he urged African nations not to discriminate against individuals based on sexual orientation.

The president made the remarks at a news conference he held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who called gay rights in his country a “non-issue.” Obama discussed the subject on his first full day in Kenya while drawing on his own background as an African-American in the U.S.

“If somebody is a law-abiding citizen who is going about their business and working in a job and obeying the traffic signs and doing all the other things that good citizens are supposed to do and not harming anybody, the idea that they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong,” Obama said.

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Shortly after, Kenyatta said while the U.S. and Kenya share many values, gay rights is an issue on which the two countries disagree.

“There are some things that we must agree we don’t share,” he said. “Our culture, our societies don’t accept [homosexuality].”

“For Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other issues that really are day-to-day issues for our people,” Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta added it was difficult to impose beliefs on the Kenyan people that they “do not accept.”

“This issue is not really an issue that is on the foremost mind of Kenyans and that is a fact,” he said.

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Kenyatta went on to say, “Maybe once, like you have, [we’ve made progress] on some of these challenges, we can begin to look at new ones. But as of now, the fact remains that this issue is not really an issue that is in the foremost mind of Kenyans.”

While the U.S. has made strides on gay rights issues, most recently with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, many countries in Africa, including Kenya, hold more conservative views. Same sex relations are still illegal in Kenya and Ethiopia, where the president will travel on Sunday.

Ahead of the trip, several Kenyan political and religious leaders had warned President Obama not to discuss gay rights while in the country.

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  1. Avatar
    Wandile Dlamini 25 July, 2015 at 18:31 Reply

    I dont feel comfortable around gays…nor do I like it when they put on makeup…but I know that they deserve to create their own little world where they feel comfortable in

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    Ajani Ahmad 25 July, 2015 at 19:48 Reply

    Homosexuality was unheard of in Africa! Blacks never practiced it until colonization and slavery!

    It is an inherently white perversion born out of Roman and Greece!

    It had NOT always been around! And even if it had, why treat it like it's normal or acceptable?

    We know down syndrome occurs and we don't treat that like its "normal", "acceptable" or try making handicaps popular!

    So cut it out!!!

    Obama is the face of a population control agenda!

    Reducing black reproduction and breaking down family structure!

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    Marie Antoinette Moore-Milton 25 July, 2015 at 20:08 Reply

    How dare him to tell others what to do when you in this country still treat us as animals gtfoh is what they should have told him. We as a peoplenever did this until the slavery of our ancestors those Eroupeans brought this into form and people don't accept it and it's their right. It's not there way of life so be it.

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    Jacque Holliday 25 July, 2015 at 20:50 Reply

    Ajani Ahmad Your remark about Downs Syndrome and 'handicaps' is neither normal, acceptable, nor popular. Are you saying that you would not 'accept' a person with Downs Syndrome because they are not 'normal?' And, the word 'handicap' is used for parking spaces. The proper word for individuals is disabled. Maybe you should have remained focused on the subject of homosexuality in Kenya, and YOUR opinion that it is an 'inherently white perversion.

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    Dhoruba Asadi 25 July, 2015 at 21:30 Reply

    It is just evil of him or any other person to put the institution of slavery and the stripping tof he soul of a people, on par, with inappropriate sexual behavior. There is a difference in depriving human beings of their human rights, customs, culture and mother's tongue, and the practice of a sexual choice. Insulting to say the very least.

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    Kenya Couk 25 July, 2015 at 22:16 Reply

    He (Uhuru) is 100% correct when he says that "Gay Rights" are the least thing on Kenyan minds……. Kenyans are interested and really want to know when will they have real "freedom and human rights" and not be stolen through corruption by Kenyan leaders. These are the main issues Kenyans have IMHO.

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    Jcat Board 25 July, 2015 at 23:19 Reply

    He (Uhuru) is 100% correct when he says that “Gay Rights” are the least thing on Kenyan minds……. Kenyans are interested and really want to know when will they have real “freedom and human rights” and not be stolen through corruption by Kenyan leaders. These are the main issues Kenyans have IMHO.

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      Didi 26 July, 2015 at 16:43 Reply

      Kenyatta is right. Kenya culture doesn’t need to be conducted by western culture. Lessons of freedom and independence are necessary but we must respect each other.

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    Ra Kheper Mi Maat 25 July, 2015 at 22:44 Reply

    Obama have never supported the rights of African Americans in his own country he runs. He has very well picked up the banner for homosexual rights and now admitting it is part of his agenda when meeting with African countries. Wow politics lol.

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    Rasul Nasir 25 July, 2015 at 23:28 Reply

    The President is missed informed. Stop relating homosexuality to African American history. African American history and homo stuff is not connected in no way what so ever. Shame on our President for making that connection. Plus African American people are instinctively a G-d fearing people. We love the word of Allah, G-d, or which ever. He made man and woman as his natural creation. Obama, read the Quran and don't put anything before Allah's words. Homosexuality is clearing the choice of sexually weak individuals who give in to sexual desires or the act of being pleased by the same sex rather than the opposite sex as Allah made it to be. Thank you President Kenyetta.

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    Anthonius Mussa 25 July, 2015 at 23:48 Reply

    He should be talking about all the Black People, Natives, and Hispanics being stopped for no reason put in to custody and end up dead. Why hasn't he addressed any of theses issues.

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    Last Don 25 July, 2015 at 23:54 Reply

    Puppet…. We might as well take in God we trust off the money because they go against God … They dont want us to reproduce .. Only Amerikkka

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    Latea Robinson 25 July, 2015 at 23:57 Reply

    This is sad…it's sad because now I see..Amerikkka is the Devils play ground. Why would you try to get the mother land to accept something that you know will cause more of a problem.

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    Maurice Williams 26 July, 2015 at 00:08 Reply

    From the responses here I hope you all support and want discrimination of all types. If these people mind their business and keep to themselves so what if they are gay that is their business let them be. They are not forcing anyone to follow them.

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    Shenald Dorsaint 26 July, 2015 at 02:45 Reply

    Like they said, if you were born gay, you can be reborn again and if you happened to become gay, you can also change it. Tell me one creature God created thats more beautiful than women.

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    Lakechand Singh 26 July, 2015 at 03:06 Reply

    What is this all about, spreading Gayism.
    lf you like it you going try to explain it. People do not have to abuse anybody or treat anybody differently. lf you are not the meat for my rice, beware.

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    Julius Ndefru 26 July, 2015 at 03:18 Reply

    homosexualty are like repel killers ,where do the keep their mine what are the thinking.is just sucide killing.someone just condition your brain to some somthing you know i bad is crasy but you still do it.what is the outcome of the homosexulity.that is one of the bullshit thing OBAMA has ever done.But is one clear when he leave power then right will be lose if you like believe it is a fact.what is the meaning of doing things good citizens do ,sucide killers also do thing what good citizens do but are killer.homosexaulity is not wellcome in Africa at any time.Yes i agree we are a poor continent but that does not give the right to bring in any bullshit stuff and spoil our previllage,AFRICANS say no to gay right.

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    Reinhard Bonnke 26 July, 2015 at 03:40 Reply

    how do you just climb on another man and say you have feelings, you expect to be told hang in there. Take a trip to masai mara and you will start asking for a bill to mate animals because unazifeel

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    Kendra Payton 26 July, 2015 at 04:32 Reply

    Weather anybody likes it or not they don't need to be penalized for who they love. I have a family member that is gay I would not change him at all and where already getting killed out here as Africa America's what now you want to get rid of them cause their gay for real????

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    Alain Kitsa Tsongo 26 July, 2015 at 05:27 Reply

    The first one to point a finger on homosexuals, and he or she doesn't lie, never cheated, never wronged anyone else, never sinned… Please come forth so that we can applause you. You accuse others of wrongdoing and you do wrong every day of your lives. And you want them to be discriminated and not you… That's morony now!

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    George Morara 26 July, 2015 at 06:09 Reply

    Even if it means a decade years from now, let us stick to our culture. The gayness is unGodly in the first place. There are good things but we pick the best which suit us.

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    Joseph Sichilima 26 July, 2015 at 06:10 Reply

    Mr. Obama the president of Sodom and Gomora, we ask you to keep your Sodom and Gomora and we will keep Our Africa. God is raising up China to help Africa develop Coz China has respect for our beliefs.keep your aid and we will do business with China for no strings attached.

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    Nyakpo George Crony 26 July, 2015 at 07:39 Reply

    We Africans are seen by the European as animals, which of our cultural values have they accepted and entrenched in any of their laws? Non! Everything about the Africans is barbaric are we their children so they keep telling us what to eat, where and how to sleep? Any African leader who will accept this stupid nonsensical code into our moral fibre must know that he has done himself and his generation a great harm.
    I was thinking and hoping I will wake up one of this day to read that Obama has has revoke that code from their constitution outlawing the same sex marriage on the simple ground that couples who got married does not do the basic purpose of marriage, I.E procreation!

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    Idris 26 July, 2015 at 09:03 Reply

    When kings arrive into a locality they spread corruption! Dear Obama you are who you are, we are who we are and you cannot tell us what we are. God is the one who set the standards for humanity NOT the western. Kenya and the rest of the African Americans should learn that no one can subjugate a slave without his or her consent. Muslims and Christians, we should not let this westerners crush our spirits and morality. There is nothing like same sex marriage. God detest it, the Bible and the Quran abhors it. Obama’s claim have no place in Kenya. FULLSTOP

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    tiiye 26 July, 2015 at 09:37 Reply

    Let the people of the Cradle of Humanity rise up. The SO-CALLED ADVANCED NATIONS ARE SINKING IN CAUCASIAN CESSPOOL

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    Kenya Couk 26 July, 2015 at 08:56 Reply

    There is often talk of human rights, but it is also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity.
    Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars?
    Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years?
    Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich?
    I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread.
    I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life and human dignity have been denied.

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    Abdul Zahradeen 26 July, 2015 at 09:52 Reply

    The west is only Christian when fighting Islam.but Masonic and satanic in their daily lives infact they ar pagans promoting moral decadence unacceptable to Christianity and Islam

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    Kwabena Boakye-Yiadom 26 July, 2015 at 10:21 Reply

    My brother I don't even understand him in the first place, who gave him the authority to tell us what to do with our lives in the first place?… is this the President the world rejoiced when he won the elections. I am totally disappointed in him.

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    Jaihid KingSpydamann Rush 26 July, 2015 at 11:19 Reply

    Well Obama is actually kinda right. U can't tell pple what or what not to do in the privacy of their home if they following all the rules. I don't agree with homosexuality, but a person wanting to be gay is their business

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    Karim Musah 26 July, 2015 at 12:45 Reply

    Hi Jaihid you said "a person wanting to be gay" is it a question of wanting or being. As I understand people are born gay,right? I am not a gay activist an I thing America should stay out of Africa issue and and concentrate more on the burning issue of racism in their society

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    Pete Prosser 26 July, 2015 at 13:13 Reply

    I'm with Jahlid.Everybody knows that that homo shit is not right.You can talk to me all day about man made laws.What about natures laws?I'm not on no crusade.I got homos in my own family both male and female.We don't throw stones at them at family gatherings.Still the shit is wrong.It's fucked up.I'm no religious man,but if there is a god he can't be down with this behavior.Political correct ok,I'm down with that.Nobody should disrespect nobody.But homos are just plain wrong.By the way I'm 66 years old and I have seen plenty of shit in my lifetime.

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    Mohammed Idris 26 July, 2015 at 13:15 Reply

    Kenyata has right to tell that gay issue is not African issue at the moment we have many important issues need to be addressed and to raise awareness about, issues like health, education, poverty, democracy and economic.

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    Jaihid KingSpydamann Rush 26 July, 2015 at 13:16 Reply

    Hi Karim. The subject of whether or not one can be born gay is up for debate. I don't think so. That's all ima say about that. I'm jus saying what of gay was the norm? I'm sure pple wudnt want to be discriminated against for that. A person's sexual preference is their business

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    Joseph Sichilima 26 July, 2015 at 13:33 Reply

    To all Gay activists. The issue of having sex is private, however if man and woman decide to have it in public such as in the town centre in view of every one then it becomes a moral issue. Why is it not permitted even in America! Morality is morality! Society decides bwhat is perceived as moral and acceptable. If society does not accept a moral behaviour then the legal system prevents that issue and that why we have words such as "illegal". America was founded on Strong moral principles but now what do we see….its a shame. I urge Christians in America that sitting backwards in the wake of being hit in the face by the Agents of the Devil will not spare you from the wrath of God.We love our Brothers and sisters and we urge ask of time as we try to get them back to where they belong in the Church.

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    Joseph Sichilima 26 July, 2015 at 13:41 Reply

    Mama! you have work to do on your relative. If you have a relative who has a mental disorder, would you just ignore such a person on the street.The answer in "no".The same applies to Gay relatives, the suffer from mental disorder and they need help first from family memebers like you.

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    Uriyah Baraka 26 July, 2015 at 14:28 Reply

    Homosexuality is a moral issue that they have twisted to a civil rights issue. if a person is born gay then you would have gay chromesomes. hormones can be manipulated so we cannot conclude from a hormone imbalance. there have to be a gay chromesome. being homosexual is a lifestlye, and moral descision. and not a civil right issue.

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    Aida Marianne Diop 26 July, 2015 at 15:42 Reply

    We, Africans have our own culture, ,and people should respect it.I don't care if you are the most powerful president in the world, you cannot go to other countries and dictate what they shld do, there is more important issues to discuss as Kenyatta said.A big + for president Kenyatta, we Africans are struggling but we still have our pride.

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    Hans Megie 26 July, 2015 at 15:57 Reply

    On any society homosexuality is wrong you can put two animals together they ain't gonna go at it first we may think about God before because our society is gonna pay for it big time as God will never give his blessing to homosexuality

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    Claude Beaureg 26 July, 2015 at 18:22 Reply

    Amazing how people in Kenyans are telling Obama that they have more pressing issues to content with right now but he keeps trying to force the issue down their throats anyway. He would never do that in the Arab world or with China.

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    Saneliso Simelane 26 July, 2015 at 17:43 Reply

    I 100 % agree with President Uhuru. Obama is a degrace to promote this rubbish to Africa thinking he in America going around telling people what to do, even the Bible does not allow gayism.

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    Adérito Ugembe 26 July, 2015 at 17:49 Reply

    Thanks Mr. President Kenyatta.
    Dont bring your signs for our lively Africa, that you explore it and make my Africa poor, dirty.
    I love you my Africa, don't follow their signs.

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    DUBI MUSIC 26 July, 2015 at 19:29 Reply

    haha “Maybe once, like you have, [we’ve made progress] on some of these challenges, we can begin to look at new ones". Hii sentensi Imeenda Shule

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    Ray Johnson 26 July, 2015 at 21:07 Reply

    With any country having the status of sovereign nation, I think it is imposing, to say the least, for outsiders to make recommendations about any matter that is not consistent to their moral beliefs and legal stipulations. Americans, seeing through a different set of moral eyes, should not in any way move on trying to literally pursue anyone, sovereign nation, to even discuss its moral acceptance. Morality is not an international law and whatever is seeing fit as morally uplifting or degrading to any nation, should be their concerns.

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    Ray Johnson 26 July, 2015 at 21:13 Reply

    Leatherback What goes on within a sovereign nation should be of no consequences to you and anyone outside of that region. Nations have the right to make decisions, set their own agenda, determine their own code of ethics, seek ways to drive their own economy, etc. With that said, all these are irrelevant to the effort on the imposition of gay rights. Spread your beliefs in your own nation.

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    Burqaa Oromiyaa 26 July, 2015 at 21:41 Reply

    African doesn't accept this things because it's Really difficult and impossible this thing not people the animals it's not accept because of the African people what we're want do this we have to should freedom of our as also time finding by education to give up and the African unions

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