Sunday, October 18, 2015

Zakaria talks to president of Kenya about treatment of gays in that country

Today, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, on his Global Public Square program.  Zakaria pressed Kenyatta on apparent opposition to “gay rights”.  Interestingly, Zakaria put the argument in simple terms, stressing immutability and lack of choice.

Kenyatta said that the majority of the people in Kenya were not prepared to deal with this issue right now, when they have “more pressing problems”.  He insisted that LGBTQ people (the name often used in the West as a classifier) would be protected from harassment by the law.  That doesn’t seem to have happened.

Back in 2004, a male couple from Arlington clandestinely worked in Kenya on a mission in a remote area for about a year. But anti-gay attitudes in much of Africa can make it even more difficult to send humanitarian aid there.

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