Leaders reject Obama's call to decriminalize homosexuality

Jul 5, 2013 Full story: The Washington Post 13

Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama's call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it's the reason why he received a less-than-warm welcome during a recent trip to the continent ...

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“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Jul 5, 2013
from The Washington Post:

"'My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats you, how the state treats you, people should be treated equally,' Obama said.'And thatís a principle that I think applies universally.'

"But Obamaís words rubbed religious and political leaders the wrong way. In Senegal, the West African nation where Islam is the predominant religion, homosexuality is a crime ...

"Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African countries, according to the Washington-based Council for Global Equality, and many religious leaders here view it as contrary to scriptures and custom.

"Sheikh Saliou Mbacke, a Senegalese Muslim leader who coordinates the Interfaith Action for Peace in Africa, said faith leaders have the duty to speak out, especially if outside forces want to impose their will.

"'The subject of homosexuality must not be used as a tool to blackmail and coerce society to defy Godís command, which is more important than any world power,Ē he said.'We will oppose any manner of arm-twisting that threatens us to embrace it in our societies.'"

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#3 Jul 6, 2013
"'My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats you, how the state treats you, people should be treated equally,' Obama said.
'And thatís a principle that I think applies universally.'"

The only principle that applies universally in the islamic world is sharia, and under sharia, gays -- among others -- are put to death.
lolol

Rio Rancho, NM

#4 Jul 6, 2013
poor bathhouse barrys shock to find out his home continent doesn't believe in his lifestyle

Since: Mar 07

Hanover, VA

#5 Jul 6, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
.....
"'The subject of homosexuality must not be used as a tool to blackmail and coerce society to defy Godís command, which is more important than any world power,Ē he said.'We will oppose any manner of arm-twisting that threatens us to embrace it in our societies.'"
Criminalizing natural traits threatens societies. What are gay folks supposed to do, just shut up and lie about it? Marry the bigots's sons and daughters to avoid being killed or imprisoned?

It's not like anyone can stop being gay.

Why are so many heterosexuals so afraid of people who are a little different than they are? Do they think it's catching? Do they fear that God made a mistake. It's insane.

Thanks goodness good men like Obama are willing to stand up and speak the truth. Hopefully more world leaders will show that kind of strength.

Since: Mar 07

Hanover, VA

#7 Jul 6, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
"'My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats you, how the state treats you, people should be treated equally,' Obama said.
'And thatís a principle that I think applies universally.'"
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He's right. It certainly should be applied universally. But, in Africa, there are so-called Christians who call for the death of their fellow humans based on natural traits. Really, from a gay person's point of view, it doesn't matter which religion is being used to torment and even kill you.

There are even some in this country who would love the chance, and have support the "kill the gays" legislation in Africa.Where do you think these ideas came from in the first place?

Christian missionaries.

But, their numbers seem to be dwindling and their voices are being overwhelmed with the voices of others who believe that all humans are created equal. At least in first world countries.

Since: Mar 07

Hanover, VA

#8 Jul 6, 2013
The Troll Stopper wrote:
Sweet
Yes, occasionally Obama can be. Not always, but occasionally.

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Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#10 Jul 6, 2013
Joe DeCaro wrote:
"'My basic view is that regardless of race, regardless of religion, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, when it comes to how the law treats you, how the state treats you, people should be treated equally,' Obama said.
'And thatís a principle that I think applies universally.'"
The only principle that applies universally in the islamic world is sharia, and under sharia, gays -- among others -- are put to death.
What does Obama think he's scoring for, the Homosexual vote in the US or some kind of legacy like Reagan with 'Tear down this Wall'?

If so it kicked him in the butt like all his other attempts to be a leader of any kind.
El Baradei american dog

Kansas City, MO

#11 Jul 6, 2013
Only subhuman scum would agree to let gays infiltrate the boyscouts.

Or even adopt children they can sodomize in the privacy of their homes.

And you guys are that subhuman scum.
El Baradei american dog

Kansas City, MO

#12 Jul 6, 2013
Trisha wrote:
<quoted text>
What does Obama think he's scoring for, the Homosexual vote in the US or some kind of legacy like Reagan with 'Tear down this Wall'?
If so it kicked him in the butt like all his other attempts to be a leader of any kind.
YOU VOTED HIM IN OFFICE, you filthy lying hypocrite bitch.

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Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#13 Jul 6, 2013
El Baradei american dog wrote:
<quoted text>
YOU VOTED HIM IN OFFICE, you filthy lying hypocrite bitch.
No I didn't you stupid moron.
Proud American

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 6, 2013
El Baradei american dog wrote:
Only subhuman scum would agree to let gays infiltrate the boyscouts.
Or even adopt children they can sodomize in the privacy of their homes.
And you guys are that subhuman scum.
I'll bet a few gays have "infiltrated' you. Embrace your gayness, Muslim boy.

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Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#15 Jul 6, 2013
Proud American wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll bet a few gays have "infiltrated' you. Embrace your gayness, Muslim boy.
:)

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Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#16 Jul 6, 2013
Quest wrote:
<quoted text>
He's right. It certainly should be applied universally. But, in Africa, there are so-called Christians who call for the death of their fellow humans based on natural traits ...
Since when are "so-called Christians" called muslims?

"But Obama's words rubbed religious and political leaders the wrong way. In Senegal, the West African nation where Islam is the predominant religion, homosexuality is a crime ..."

... just as it is in every islamic state in the world because, under islamic law, homosexuality is still punishable by death, usually by stoning.

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