Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:40

African Leaders Set Obama Straight on Homosexuality

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During his recent trip to Africa, President Obama was the focus of some no-nonsense instruction about homosexuality both from citizens as well as top African religious and government leaders. At a joint press conference June 27 with Senegal's president, Macky Sall (shown), Obama declared: “My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to the law, people should be treated equally, and that's a principle that I think applies universally.”

Responding to Obama's comments Senegal's President Sall quickly made it clear that he and his nation do not see eye-to-eye with America's chief executive. “We are not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” Sall emphasized, with his people and even the nation's major newspapers expressing their overwhelming support.

In fact, many of Senegal's citizens thought their president should have been more emphatic. “He should have said, ‘This can never exist in Senegal; this can never happen here,’” Tidiane Gueye, a resident of Senegal's capital city of Dakar, told the New York Times. “Senegal is 95 percent Muslim,” Gueye added. “As a Muslim country, we will not permit laws that allow gays to marry.”

Another Senegalese, retired military officer Bouramon Ndour, applauded Sall, saying that “he did extremely well,” in standing up to Obama. Speaking of homosexuality, Ndour said that “nobody here can accept that ... we are absolutely staunch on it. Look, this is a Muslim country. Over our dead bodies!”

Kenya's leaders were just as adamant, with Deputy President William Ruto, speaking at a Catholic church on June 30, saying that for those, like Obama, who embrace homosexuality, “that is their business. We believe in God.” He added that “the nation of Kenya is a God-fearing nation.”

Similarly Nairobi's archbishop, Cardinal John Njue, said that Obama might as well “forget and forget and forget” about the the legalization of homosexuality in Africa. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths,” he said. Speaking of America, Njue said that “those people who have already ruined their society ... let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go.”

Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, a Muslim leader in Senegal, said that faith leaders throughout Africa have a duty to speak out against homosexuality, especially if there is pressure to make the African people change their views. “The subject of homosexuality must not be used as a tool to blackmail and coerce society to defy God’s command, which is more important than any world power,” he said. “We will oppose any manner of arm-twisting that threatens us to embrace it in our societies.”

In Tanzania, Anglican Bishop Michael Hafidh said most African leaders would have preferred that Obama keep his opinions on homosexuality to himself and to focus on economic issues facing the continent. Homosexuality “is not an important issue for us now,” he said. “We don’t recognize or even think of it, let alone its legalization. I think since we have a lot of resources, our discussions with the rest of the world should be more about investments and trade.”

A total of 38 countries throughout Africa, where the majority religious faiths are Islam and Christianity, have laws against homosexual conduct.

Photo of U.S. President Obama with Senegalese President Macky Sall: AP Images


  • Comment Link paula key Tuesday, 27 August 2013 16:51 posted by paula key

    Follow up to my claim that psychiatrists have responded positively to homosexuals. There are more countries on my site

    Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK)
    They said this in their position statement: 
“The Royal College of Psychiatrists believes strongly in evidence-based treatment. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish.”
    “Royal College of Psychiatrists wishes to clarify that homosexuality is not a psychiatric disorder. There is now a large body of research evidence that indicates that being gay, lesbian or bisexual is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment. However, the experiences of discrimination in society and possible rejection by friends, families and others, such as employers, means that some lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience a greater than expected prevalence of mental health and substance misuse problems.“
    Indian Psychiatric Society
    In their editorial they mentioned:
“The argument that homosexuality is a stable phenomenon is based on the consistency of same-sex attractions, the failure of attempts to change and the lack of success with treatments to alter orientation.“
    “Research also demonstrated that people with homosexual orientation did not have objective psychological dysfunction or impairments in judgement, stability and vocational capabilities. Psychiatric, psychoanalytic, medical and mental health professionals now consider homosexuality as a normal variation of human sexuality.”
    American Medical Association
    The AMA in its policy statement on Health Care Needs of Gay Men and Lesbians in the United States reads:
“most of the emotional disturbance experienced by gay men and lesbians around their sexual identity is not based on physiological causes but rather is due more to a sense of alienation in an unaccepting environment. For this reason, aversion therapy (a behavioral or medical intervention which pairs unwanted behavior, in this case, homosexual behavior, with unpleasant sensations or aversive consequences) is no longer recommended for gay men and lesbians. Through psychotherapy, gay men and lesbians can become comfortable with their sexual orientation and understand the societal response to it.“
    Also they wrote:
“Our AMA opposes, the use of “reparative” or “conversion” therapy that is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her homosexual orientation.“
    Pan-American Health Organisation (World Health Organisation)
    They issued a press release which said:
“Services that purport to “cure” people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people“…”.”These practices are unjustifiable and should be denounced and subject to sanctions and penalties under national legislation,” said Dr. Roses. “These supposed conversion therapies constitute a violation of the ethical principles of health care and violate human rights that are protected by international and regional agreements.“
    “Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure. There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation,” said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago. Practices known as “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy” represent “a serious threat to the health and well-being—even the lives—of affected people.” The PAHO statement notes that there is a professional consensus that homosexuality is a natural variation of human sexuality and cannot be regarded as a pathological condition. However, several United Nations bodies have confirmed the existence of “therapists” and “clinics” that promote treatment”

  • Comment Link paula key Tuesday, 27 August 2013 16:48 posted by paula key

    Are these religious leaders aware that rights for sexual orientation are enshrined in the UN Charter of Rights.
    No religion or culture has the right to take away human rights.

    Secondly, are these leaders not aware that nearly every psychiatric society world-wide has determined that homosexuality is NOT

    a)disease b) disorder c) a perversion

    and homosexuality acording to these scientific experts of psychiatrists/psychologists/sounsellors etc

    cannot be reversed by therapy - hence the death of the notion that homosexuality is a choice!

  • Comment Link mick Saturday, 20 July 2013 01:24 posted by mick

    Wow. That's what I call taking a stand. But then the first world has been catering to minority groups of all manner for decades and wooing their votes. The majority has been taken for granted whilst any manner of misconduct and permission to behave contrary to the common good is being dismissed using the same old well used chestnuts: "racism", "sexism", "discrimination" and "homo phobia".

    People need to stand up for the common good AT THE BALLOT BOX, not over the back fence. Politicians will only succeed in bullying if voters let then get away with it.

  • Comment Link Peggy Finch Sunday, 14 July 2013 13:06 posted by Peggy Finch

    I applaud the African leaders and the African nations for standing up for God's Word. I believe Mr. Obama could/should learn from them

  • Comment Link REMant Friday, 12 July 2013 16:02 posted by REMant

    So when are we set to invade Africa?

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