When Ugandans adopted a law that increased penalties for homosexual behavior, which violates the standards of morality in the Africa nation, news media described it as “repressive.”
Barack Obama called it a “step backward” and threatened it “will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.” Secretary of State John F. Kerry immediately jumped into the fray, calling for a repeal.
The law, he warned, “threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda.”
But when lawmakers in neighboring Kenya passed a law that addresses a moral issue in their nation – allowing men to bring home a second or third wife without even asking the first for permission – the White House was silent. There was no word from the Obama administration despite women in the Kenyan legislature marching out in protest and human rights activists around the world expressing horror.
Katherine Pfaff of the State Department’s press duty office told WND: “We don’t have a comment on this.”
Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries is in the middle of his own fight over sexual standards in Africa. He told WND that the two situations show the State Department’s advocacy for sexual license around the world.
He said the homosexual appears to have begun before Obama took office. But while it was going 20 mph in the wrong direction under President George W. Bush, under Obama it now is going 100 mph.
Lively was sued by group called Sexual Minorities Uganda. The group accuses him of damaging its members by preaching the biblical perspective on homosexuality.
They allege Lively must be punished for criticizing homosexuality, calling his speech a “crime against humanity” in violation of “international law.” While Lively’s attorneys say his speech is protected by the Constitution, the case still has to be sorted out in federal court.
Lively told WND he spotted the formal pro-homosexual advocacy of the State Department in Riga, Latvia, in 2007, when the U.S. Embassy there was spending taxpayer dollars to organize and promote a homosexual parade.
He recalls asking embassy workers why it was happening, and “they had no answer.”
Lively, whose commentary is online at ScottLively.net, said he’s convinced the State Department is “a morally corrupt entity to its core.”
“We have been advancing an aggressive sexually immoral agenda around the world for a long time,” he said.
He charged that whenever there is sexual immorality to be advanced, the U.S. goes to bat. In other cases, such as when immorality already is advancing through agendas like Kenya’s polygamy, he said, the U.S. is silent.
“They’re not going to criticize that,” he said. “It fits with their agenda.”
The Uganda ban on homosexual behavior was signed into law by President Yoweri-Museveni.
Homosexuality already was banned in the nation, as it is in Nigeria, and the new Ugandan law enhances sentences.
Obama had issued statements that Uganda’s law would create issues for U.S. relations, calling it “abhorrent.”
“As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS,” press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.”
Amnesty International noted that 38 of Africa’s 54 nations ban same-sex relationships.
Kerry said immediately that the $400 million an annual U.S. aid to Uganda would be reviewed “to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values.”
The Washington Post also reported Christian leaders in Kenya are asking the president not to sign the new polygamy plan.
Sunny Ntayombya, at All Africa, commented in an editorial: “I doubt whether any young girl imagines becoming someone’s third wife, no matter how rich and powerful he is.”
The Guardian noted that polygamy already was common among the country’s “Muslim community,” and reports document that the nation’s Muslim population is surging and now makes up about one-fifth of its citizens.
WND reported before Barack Obama’s first election that he actively campaigned on behalf of fellow Luo tribesman Raila Odinga in the presidential race in Kenya.
It was revealed that Odinga had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Muslims in the country at that point. It included provisions for Odinga to get support from Muslims and for Odinga to agree to “support Islam.”
When Odinga ultimately lost that election, Muslims ran amok, killing hundreds of Christians, sometimes even in their own churches, and Kenya created a special executive position for Odinga to bring a halt to the violence.
Lively’s longtime teaching of the biblical view of homosexuality made him a target for the SMUG organization.
Judge Michael Posner, in moving the case against Lively forward, sided with the “gays” in his first paragraph, explaining that while SMUG is made up of groups “that advocate for the fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people,” Lively is an “American citizen residing in Springfield, Mass., who, according to the complaint, holds himself out to be an expert on what he terms the ‘gay movement.'”
The judge cited “many authorities” who “implicitly support the principle that widespread, systematic persecution of individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity constitutes a crime against humanity.”
He argued the assertion that Lively’s statements are protected under the First Amendment was “premature.”
Lively’s defenders note that while there may have been some actions in Uganda against homosexuals, there are no allegations of any “plausible connection between Mr. Lively and the actual perpetrators of those alleged violent acts.”