Cognitive dissonance: Kenyans, their love for Obama and opposition to his liberal message

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.
– Barack Obama

Kenyans… most of us claim to be staunch (read conservative) Christians and Muslims, which is why I find it interesting that we support Obama (somewhat a liberal) unreservedly to almost a man, but I understand why: we love politics of ethnicity like that, we extrapolate our politics globally like that.

Now a few of us, pricked by their conscience no doubt, would have rather Mitt won, this is because they disagree with Obama’s decision to be the first president to “support” gay marriage, as well as to put a condition that Africa ceases discriminating against LGBT communities as a precondition for aid. Well let me try to put this into perspective and, in so doing, try to make everyone sleep better knowing they root for “our boy” even though the positions Obama holds clash with their own.

I think choosing an LGBT lifestyle is a matter between two consenting couples and their God. As a matter of fact it is misleading to simply say Obama demands “acceptance of homosexuality”, the correct way to look at it is that America demands that African countries agree to stop discriminating against people on the basis of sexuality, the same way we stopped discriminating on the basis of sex, or race, or creed.

I am not comfortable with homosexuality, I don’t want to see men kissing in the streets, I definitely would be very distraught if a child of mine turned out to be gay; but do I want to see this child jailed?, do I want to see this child live condemned and shunned or even facing death by a frothing self-righteous mob, a mob probably made up of adulterers and coveting hypocrites who forget the bible condemns their sin in the ten commandments itself? I mean if we are going to make homosexuality and lesbianism criminal because it goes against our beliefs, why isn’t adultery, coveting, speaking God’s name in vain, etc, criminal as well?

Where does one draw the line between their personal beliefs and those of others. Where does personal choice end and state law take over? Where does a country tip over from secular to religious? We might think these things don’t matter because we who share a certain faith are a majority at the moment and can speak almost in unison; but what if the tables were turned and we were not? What if we were in a situation like they have in northern Nigeria where it is Sharia law for everyone? What if we were in a communist state where religion itself is outlawed outright? What if someday homosexuals outnumbered us and voted to ban straight relationships? What if….

I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  1. #1 by Martin on November 7, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    While I am generally comfortable with homosexuality (though I am straight), I like your line of thought.

    • #2 by Admin on November 7, 2012 - 12:32 pm

      The most important thing is that every person, regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation should live a life free of fear of prejudice or harm due to whatever side he falls in on the said matters, and especially if what they do has got nothing to do with and doesn’t affect other people’s freedoms or ways of life

  2. #3 by mountainous on November 7, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Good Argument. Being liberal should not be interprated as being a supporter of gays or gay marriage, It should be about being able to tolerate and accept fellow human beings who are different from ourselves, being different shouldn’t make you any less human after all we are all capable of change.

  3. #4 by TheBigBoss on November 7, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Wrote something a bit similar yesterday because I fell to understand why Kenyans still love Obama

    “If Obama was to live in Kenya, he would be called heretic”

    Read article here – http://goo.gl/qBYY7

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