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Obama’s Kenya Gay Rights Sermon

It was the second time I would listen to President Barack Obama market his country’s latest ‘product’ known as same sex marriage now attractively packaged and ready for the export market overseas. He has, no doubt, done a good job as the chief marketing officer of this highly toxic ‘product.’

The first time he did so was in America itself and it was in a speech to welcome the approval of a legal seal for the ‘product’ by the American Supreme Court. The court had, in a 5-4 ruling of June 26, 2015, made same sex marriage legal throughout the United States of America.

The second occasion was during his recent visit to Kenya. Before his arrival, Kenyans had sent more than enough signals to him not to attempt to market gay marriage on their soil during his visit. Several groups had even gone on the streets to protect any attempt by Obama to pressure the political leadership of their country to support gay rights.

All of these did not stop Obama from doing a good job of selling this satanic American pet product to Kenyans and the entire Africa who eagerly followed the visit through the media while it lasted. A press conference Obama addressed jointly with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, provided the multi-billion Dollar opportunity he needed to project the American viewpoint on gay rights to the Kenyan public and others who followed his itinerary.

It came as one of the questions fielded at the conference. The question on same sex marriage was not unexpected given the controversy that subject had generated and continued to generate since the American Supreme Court decision legalising it nationwide and the manifestly eager disposition of America and its allies to force it down the throats of the economically poor and needy countries of the world. It turned out as one subject during the conference on which the two Presidents – Obama and Kenyatta – were their oratorical best. As expected, Obama fiercely defended the controversial marital culture hinging his personal support and his country’s leading role in promoting it on the individual American’s rights to freedom under the Constitution. It is the best way to ensure, according to him, that different people are not treated differently under the law. “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they’re doing to anybody but because they’re different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode”, he said. Obama took the argument further and likened it to the historic battle by the people who are now known as African Americans for equality under the American Constitution. “As an African-American, I’m painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law.” Trust Obama. It was one of the finest arguments to date in support of gay marriage yet it did nothing different to the perception of Kenyans on the issue.

The high point of the discourse was the polite but firm dismissal of Obama’s compelling argument by his host, President Kenyatta. He said: “it is very difficult for us to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept. This is why I say, for Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a nonissue.” That put a seal on the debate at the conference. Kenyatta spoke the minds of Kenyans and Africans everywhere in Africa with the exception of South Africa which has already legalised gay marriage.

It was an emphatic rejection of the attempt to drag black people into the weird and crazy world of homosexuals. But it is unlikely that America and its allies will give up on this satanic project. This may just be the beginning of the battle. The next phase will feature economic and political blackmail. African countries in need of military assistance and economic aids may be required in future to embrace the gay marriage idea in order to qualify.

But the best option for African countries in respect of this matter is the formation of a strong and united front against such blackmail. I haven’t forgotten that South Africa, a major country in the continent, has already slipped into the trap of this great powers on gay rights but the rest of the continent must not allow this soiled finger of theirs to define and defile their attitude and resolve.

Obama’s emphasis on the rights of individuals under the American Constitution as basis for the country’s support for same sex marriage also makes any attempt to blackmail other countries to give up their rights to reject gay marriage immoral. It will be a negation of America’s avowed position on freedom and the rights of the individual under the law. Therefore, hedging financial aids and military assistance with conditions that would compel the acceptance and spread of the same sex culture in the continent will amount to a manifestation of that immorality.

America must not tie its aids and other forms of assistance for needy African countries to a positive domestic policy on same sex marriage in the needy countries. Sex and marriage are strictly domestic cultural issues. They should not be smuggled into the arena of international politics and used as weapons of intimidation by the big and stronger nations against their weak and less developed counterparts.

-BALA DAN ABU e-mail: bala.danabu@theunion.com.ng

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