By Ben Johnson
A second African president has rebuffed President Barack Obama's promotion of homosexuality in foreign relations during his $100 million tour of the continent.
Obama said he respects “people's personal views and their religious faith, et cetera,” but “when it comes to how the state treats people, how the law treats people,” he believes the equality of homosexuality and the traditional family is“a principle that I think applies universally.”
Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto responded during Sunday Mass that Kenya is committed to the nuclear family as taught by the Scriptures.
“Those who believe in other things, that is their business,” Ruto said at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Maili Kumi. “We believe in God.”
“This nation, the nation of Kenya,” he said, is “sovereign and God-fearing.”
The rebuke came as Obama announced Kenya and five other African nations would receive $7 billion to provide electricity to 20 million buildings. Kenya's portion includes $70 million for Harith General Partners to provide wind energy.
“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 stated. “But for these other things we hear, it is none of our business as it goes against our customs and traditions.”
President Obama provoked a clash with the president of Senegal, Macky Sall, with pro-homosexual comments he made on the first day of his trip. President Sall replied that his nation “is not homophobic," is “very tolerant,” and does not practice the death penalty.
The previous day, the Supreme Court had struck down DOMA and paved the way for homosexual "marriage" to resume in California by overturning a statewide election. President Obama hailed the rulings as a "victory for American democracy," and personally telephoned the plaintiffs in the cases from Air Force One as he and his family were en route to Africa.
His daughter, Sasha, carried a bag emblazoned with the homosexual rainbow symbol to declare her silent support.
Homosexuality remains proscribed in Africa, with 90 percent of Kenyans and 96 percent of Senegalese citizens saying the action is immoral. The president's decision to place the promotion and normalization of homosexuality as the cornerstone of his foreign policy has drawn harsh criticism around the world, with critics calling it a form of cultural imperialism.
That may account for the president's declining popularity in Africa. President Obama visited Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. A Gallup poll released on the eve of his trip shows U.S. leadership has a lower approval rating in those nations than when Obama entered office.