Kenya is a nation of 45 million people in East Africa. The official languages are English and Swahili. I actually found the response by their president, Uhuru Kenyatta, rather impressive. It sounds weird that this president's English and his rhetorical skills exceed those of any current top Czech politician.
Obama said that the opposition to homosexuality is on par with racism. Uhuru Kenyatta responded calmly, in a friendly way. He pointed out that Kenya and the U.S. share many things (love for democracy, entrepreneurship, family) but there are also many things they don't share and the opinions about gays are among things in which the statistical distribution of the opinions differ. The Kenyan president described the discussions about gays as a non-issue in Kenya and he correctly isolated the main problem with Obama's preaching: in a democratic society (like Kenya), the government simply cannot impose some views on the people if the people don't do so voluntarily.
This is not an important issue just in Kenya; it is an important point even for the U.S. and other Western countries, a rule that defines a free democratic society, and a rule that the likes of Obama love to violate on a daily basis.
Some Kenyan groups were promising some spectacular events – like a march of 5,000 naked men and women meant to teach Obama the difference between men and women, something he hasn't learned at school. But those events didn't materialize at the end. At least, their president's unambiguous reply during the conference took place and was widely praised by the Kenyan pundits, especially the religious ones.
The Kenyan president's point that the nations are so close in many respects is a good point – and a surprising one, too. Just try to appreciate how the culture, DNA, and history of the nations dramatically differ. But there are still so many things that they have in common.
In reality, even when it comes to the opinions about gays – almost all of Africa considers homosexuality a bad thing – the differences are much smaller than Barack Obama wants to suggest. There are many Americans – if not a majority – who basically share opinions about the homosexuality with the majority of Kenyans. This large set of Americans is only being marginalized and demonized. That's the actual reason that makes it possible for Obama to talk as if he spoke on behalf of 330 million gay activists.
There are some Christian and other leaders in Kenya who say crazy things such as "homosexuals can't exist in Kenya". Whether you like it or not, some 4 percent of the people who are born turn out to be homosexual and a civilized nation won't eliminate them when they reach puberty. But otherwise, the mainstream opinion is perfectly sensible. What people do in their homes is their private matter but the society doesn't officially recognize it as a good thing.
Barack Obama has been brought up in a mostly white and extremely Marxist environment: culturally, he is a Caucasian leftist. At the press conference, he spoke about the evils of racism but he didn't appreciate how ironic those comments were.
I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this. I believe in the principle of treating people equally under the law and they are deserving of equal protection under the law.Well, Kenya and some other nations treat people equally but they simply don't treat their acts equally. A homosexual act is something else than a heterosexual act – for reasons rooted in traditions as well as in the different consequences for the future of the nations and species – and nations and cultures may obviously have good reasons why these acts are treated unequally. They are not equal! Now, it's indeed true that some people have built-in tendency to prefer one type of contact; and others have the opposite tendency. But this is true when it comes to the tendency to steal or lie or do other things, too.
Just because someone is biologically more likely to lie doesn't make lies and the truth equal, not even in combination with the equality of the people under the law. At the end, every society has some answers to the question "who ultimately wins an argument of an active gay and an opponent of homosexuality on the street". This question may be basically phrased as the question whether the homosexual acts or the defense of more traditional acts and their "monopoly" is what deserves a greater support from the society. The "right" answer can't be mathematically calculated. The demarcation line "where the freedom of one person ends and the freedom of another person begins" in such situations depends on people's tastes and traditions. Obama also said:
When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they’re doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen. As an African-American in the U.S., I am painfully aware of the history when people are treated differently under the law.Everyone – independently of his or her nationality or race – can be aware of the history but Obama's statement wants to suggest that just because he is a (half!) black, he's been harassed as a slave or something like that which is nonsense.
Obama complained about an unequal treatment of races or nations. But treating people – and whole nations – differently is exactly what Obama is doing when he expects that all of Kenya will care about his opinions about homosexuality. He is just another man under the law and about 45 million Kenyans simply disagree with him on this issue! So if he had respect towards people of different races, including the race of his father, he would also admit their right to be disturbed by homosexual contacts – their different reactions to this non-standard form of sexuality.
The problematic reason why he doesn't have any respect towards the opinions of almost all the Kenyans is that he has no respect to the conservatives in the U.S., either! In other words, the main reason why he thinks that his homosexualist fads matter even in Kenya is that he considers the society of white leftists to be superior. This attitude unquestionably is a form of racism, at least cultural racism.
They were wrong. So I’m unequivocal on this. 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. Full stop."Full stop" is supposed to be synonymous with "debate is over", isn't it? But the debate is not over. In Kenya, a debate about the legalization of homosexual acts hasn't even begun.
Most seriously, Obama has clearly misrepresented what the sin of gays in Kenya (and elsewhere) is – and what is being criticized by tens of millions of other people. Their sin is not a wrong reaction to traffic signs or a driving offense. Their sin is another one – an inappropriate sexual act or sodomy, if you wish (perhaps sodomy at a wrong place). You can't make the latter invisible by obeying traffic signs! They're just different kinds of offenses. And most Kenyans simply do believe that the homosexual acts are at least as bad as driving offenses. That's why they punish homosexual acts by up to 14 years in prison. I surely don't think that it's an optimum policy but it's their culture and it has some justification, too. And even gays may live so that they don't clash with the Kenyan laws.