Despite the familial connection he has with the East African nation, more than a few pastors in Kenya are fed up with Barack Obama’s constant pressure to accept what they feel is a sinful lifestyle. The 700 pastors who make up the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya recently released a statement decrying Obama’s defense of homosexuality during previous trips to Africa.
“President Barack Obama is welcome to visit Kenya this summer,” the statement read, “—but please, leave the preaching to us.”
The sentiment was embellished by group’s leader, Bishop Mark Kariuki, who said the pastoral alliance has a “strong message” for Obama.
In an interview, Kariuki implored Obama not to make an endorsement of homosexuality “part of his agenda, as it has been his tendency whenever he comes to Africa.”
He went on to say that Obama should “respect the faith, culture and people of Kenya when he comes in July.”
Kariuki’s is not the only Kenyan group – or religion – to speak out against Obama’s frequent derision of those who oppose the homosexual lifestyle. The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya similarly expressed disappointment in the treatment Kenyans have received under the current U.S. administration.
“We are not prepared to accept, hear or listen to anyone lecturing us on how our culture is good or bad,” declared IRCK Chairman Adan Wachu.
Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto confirmed the country’s position as “sovereign and God-fearing,” explaining the gay lifestyle “goes against our customs and traditions.”
Obama has also sparred with the religious communities in other African countries – such as Sierra Leone and Malawi – over their stated position regarding homosexuality.
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.