Sanctimonious Obama rebuffed by African president on gay rights

Obama in Senegal

President Obama and Senegal President Macky Sall
Photo Credit: The Daily Caller

President Obama got off to an awkward start in Africa where he urged tolerance and equal rights for gays and lesbians in a country where homosexuality is a crime, in some places, punishable by death.

Shortly after arriving in Senegal, Obama praised the Supreme Court’s new rulings on same-sex marriage and asked African leaders to treat people fairly and equally.

But, Senegal President Macky Sall quickly rebuffed the suggestion, saying his country does not share the same views as Obama and America and that Senegal is “still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” the Washington Post reported.

According to the Post, which reported a transcript of the president’s remarks on the same-sex rulings, Obama said in part:

The issue of gays and lesbians, and how they’re treated, has come up and has been controversial in many parts of Africa. So I want the African people just to hear what I believe, and that is that every country, every group of people, every religion have different customs, different traditions. And when it comes to people’s personal views and their religious faith, et cetera, I think we have to respect the diversity of views that are there.

Every world religion has this basic notion that is embodied in the Golden Rule — treat people the way you want to be treated. And I think that applies here as well.

The Daily Caller reported some interesting statistics on Senegal: “97 percent of Senegalese citizens consider homosexuality taboo,” and it is a “95 percent Muslim country and a sexually conservative and patriarchal nation.”

To that end, Sall defended Senegal’s values and laws.

“These issues are all societal issues basically, and we cannot have a standard model which is applicable to all nations, all countries — you said it, we all have different cultures,” The Daily Caller reported Sall answered. “We have different religions. We have different traditions. And even in countries where this has been decriminalized and homosexual marriage is allowed, people don’t share the same views.”

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Janeen Capizola

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  • Spiff

    I think it's time Obama came out of the Muslim closet and admitted a few things him self for once. All this "praising surely points out the obvious in him..

  • Fritz E. Young

    Obama is not only "wrong" in/for America, but he is also a man who lacks respectability among other world leaders as this article details. Putin recently characterized his leadership as "weak with the economy", and now this African leader rebukes his stand for homosexuality, which has been a blight throughout the world. I do not hate homosexuals nor reject their rights as citizens, except that such a sexual stance is antiBiblical and unChristian! God help us to find and follow the right way, not the "politically correct" one!

  • Mark Marshall

    Does he not go any place and not cause some kind of a PROBLEM?

    • Baddd Mann

      No Mark No he don't

      • Tom

        No he doesn't.

  • Russ

    Unfortunately, Mr. Obama doesn't understand that we, as Christians, are to love the sinners….but hate their sin. And we don't have to be under some Federal law that says otherwise.

  • Deanne

    AGAIN I say NOBODY, i mean NOBODY likes this arrogant POS. I wish he would just go away and NEVER return! He is the BIGGEST EMBARRASSMENT, a huge scar on America and will be for a long time.

  • Debbie Deal McGee

    The issue here is, this dictator thinks anybody cares what he has to say. He has the most "skewed" views of anybody I've ever heard speak. I don't listen to the news anymore, b/c he is such a disgrace and a blight on our country, I am incredibly shamed by everything he says and does. He is accountable for NOTHING. I blame our people for that. This man still has blood dripping off his hands from Benghazi where five people were killed by his command, and yet no one does anything about it. This man has had the opportunity to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am sure even though he belongs to and supports the Muslim Brotherhood (it's great that he belongs to a terrorist organization and he's holding the position of POTUS)he supports abortion and homosexuality. This is not surprising as he was seen all over Chicago before he stood to lose anything, in Chicago bath houses. It is said to be common knowledge in Chicago, but the man that was going to report this, shortly ended up dead. People are afraid to talk. This man is absolutely NOT who he is trying to portray. He's the biggest threat to our country we know. And this man who has proved he has no ingegrity or character, a man who is sitting on SIX scandals this very moment, is spending $100 million on his family's vacation for the summer. I am praying the people of other countries know this is a large population of our country that does not support anything that he does, and that finds him a cancer and a leach to our country.

  • George

    Some years back Oprah Winfred (Winfried) had a gentleman on her show that had written a book about men that were having sex with each other yet, they did not see themselves as homosexuals. These men were married with children, jobs and "standing" in their respective communities. He termed them men on the "down-low". It does not matter how we tip the picture, the image is still the same. The audacity of Mr. Obama applauding that which is an abomination to our Lord and God.

    Mr. Obama is always complaining about America forcing its will on other countries yet, He goes to Senegal, Africa and tries to force this wickedness on those people, shame, shame, on Mr. Obama.

    • Jim

      It is not wickedness. People can't help what they are whether it is genetics or nurture, once it happens there is no changing it. I know it is partly genetics, and if it is learned it can't be unlearned. Any more than you could be trained to forget that you know how to speak English. How would like to be discriminated against because of your favorite color of some thing like that.

      • Whatisname

        So, child molesters, rapists. murderers are not 'wicked' it's 'just the way they are'. So, let's move them all into YOUR neighborhood.

        • Jim

          Being a homosexual is a victimless crime, and it is not a crime. There is a big difference, Jim

  • Special Operator

    Jimmy Carter all over again!!!!………………AND, WORSE!!!!!

  • KB Cook

    Pride always comes before the fall!

  • ron8072

    I agree Mr. Young. We do have to find the right way in all things and not the "politically correct" one. Nowhere in my Bible does it allow us to use politically correct decisions, laws, or other things. God's Judgment is coming. He will sort it all out.

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