Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kenyan muslim clerics fault Obama on gay marriage

US President Barack Obama waves as he steps off Air Force One May 11, 2012 upon arrival at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada. Obama was headed to Reno, Nevada to speak on the economy. AFP PHOTO 

By AMINA KIBIRIGE akibirige@ke.nationmedia.com

Kenyan Muslim leaders from the coast region have condemned President Barack Obama’s support of same sex marriages.

Speaking to the Nation in Mombasa, Council of Imams and Preachers Organising Secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa accused President Obama of playing god by legalizing what "God Himself objects".

“Simply because he has risen to be the President of a super power does not mean he can now start acting as God. He is nothing in the eyes of God and his plans will not succeed just like those who preceded him in such plans,” said Sheikh Khalifa.

He further accused the Kenya Human Rights Commission of propagating western values at the expense of religion by propagating for same sex marriages and abortion.

“God created man and woman so that we can procreate. How come we now want to behave worse than dogs who do not go for their own gender but know the difference between the two?” asked Sheikh Khalifa.

On Thursday, President Obama made history by firmly backing gay marriages after what he said was a long period of personal soul searching thereby sparkling instant speculations as to whether he had hindered his chances of winning a second term in November. (READ: Obama makes history as he supports gay marriage)

While Gay rights groups cheered his declaration, analysts feel Mr Obama could loose out his original religious Hispanic and African-American supporters who helped him win the presidential race in 2008.

Earlier on, a section of US parliamentarians warned those nations that would not be considerate of 'Human Rights’ would not be viable for donor funding.

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