Kenyan Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi and president of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference, joined other African leaders last week in open dismissal of President Obama’s urging to accept same-sex marriage.
“Those people who have already ruined their society…let them not become our teachers to tell us where to go,” said Njue in response to Obama’s statements promoting same-sex marriage. “I think we need to act according to our own traditions and our faiths.”
On June 28th, Obama started a tour of three countries in Africa by praising the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage, then criticizing his host nations for not accepting it. According to LifeSiteNews, homosexuality is illegal in 38 African nations, including Senegal.
“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,” Obama said in Senegal. “And that’s a principle that I think applies universally.”
Obama’s comments were followed by a rebuke from Kenya’s Deputy President, William Ruto. Speaking at a Catholic Church, Ruto said, “Those who believe in other things, that is their business…We believe in God.”
“This nation, the nation of Kenya [is] sovereign and God-fearing,” Ruto added.
“America has made tremendous contribution to Kenya’s well-being and we are very grateful and as a government we are ready to receive any help from America that will improve the lives of our people,” Ruto remarked. “But for these other things we hear, it is none of our business as it goes against our customs and traditions.”