By Magdalene Kahiu
Nairobi, 27 March, 2023 (ACI Africa). Published with permission.
Christian Professionals in Kenya have vowed to reinstate the “culture of life and family” in the East African nation following Kenya’s Supreme Court ruling that gave Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) persons the right to form associations.
In a March 25 statement, members of the Kenya Christians Professional Forum (KCPF) say the February 24 court decision paved the way for homosexual behaviors, which they add are “so destructive of the individual, families, communities, and the nation”.
“Alongside all profilers in Kenya, we will not grow weary, we will not rest until we restore a culture of life and family in Kenya for ourselves and our posterity,” they say.
They explain that while the Supreme Court did not overturn Kenya’s anti-sodomy laws, the ruling, which followed a ten-year legal battle challenging the head of the NGO board for his refusal to permit the registration of an association under a name containing the words gay or lesbian “signaled that gays and lesbians can now engage untrammeled by legal restrictions to unravel our various guardrails against the promotion of homosexuality.”
KCPF members further say that Kenya’s Supreme Court ruling “opens the way to the gradual dismantling of our legal, moral, and cultural prohibitions against homosexual behavior, which is so destructive of the individual, families, communities, and the nation.”
“These unbelievable activities and beliefs of LGBT groups are a big threat to family and life and we must resist those groups,” they say and urge Kenyans to unite in the fight against homosexuality and engage in the advocacy for the restoration of values that foster life and the family unit in the nation.
Kenya’s Christian professionals express their concern about the challenges the people of God have to deal with, saying, “We are in difficult times and forces of goodwill must come together to protect these vital values in our society.”
As part of their effort to restore values that promote life and family unit, the Christian professionals in Kenya say they have had meetings with church leaders and have come to a consensus on starting the process of amending the Kenyan Constitution.
“We are in the preliminary stages of preparing to collect signatures that will usher in the popular initiative of changing the Constitution,” the Christian workers say in the statement issued after the 2023 edition of the March for Life Kenya, which was held on March 25 under the theme, “Protecting life and family in challenging times”.
March for Life is a peaceful demonstration organized annually by the KCPF to advocate against abortions and stands for the protection of life from conception till natural death.
“It is our hope and expectation that this year’s March for Life will encourage each Kenyan to fulfill our unique mission to the best of our ability because in so doing we will collectively build a culture of protecting life in Kenya. A culture where abortion is unthinkable,” the Christian professionals in Kenya say.
A day after Kenya’s Supreme Court ruling, KCPF members said they found the decision by the judges of the Kenyan Court disturbing, and that they were “deeply concerned”.
“KCPF is deeply concerned by the recent Supreme Court Judgment. The judgment opens the way to the gradual dismantling of our legal, moral, and cultural prohibitions against homosexual behavior, which is so destructive of the individual, families, communities, and the nation,” they said in their February 25 statement.
They said that when Justices Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala, and Njoki Ndung’u voted in favor of LGBTQ associations they “disregarded the moral and cultural values of Kenyans generally, which are carefully constructed to protect the natural family through laws that prohibit all aspects of homosexual conduct and its propagation.”
In the ruling in which Justices Mohamed Ibrahim and William Ouko voted against the registration of LGBTQ associations in Kenya, KCPF said Kenya’s education sector, religions, media, and film industry are already being targeted by homosexual ideologies.
In Kenya, the Penal Code 1930 criminalizes same-sex activity described as “gross indecency” and “carnal knowledge against the order of nature”, and further stipulates a 14-year jail term for anyone found guilty of engaging in homosexuality.
Catholic Bishops in Kenya also faulted the Supreme Court ruling saying it is destructive to life and the family as it “sets the platform for activism and pressure to further recognize homosexuality actions and same-sex unions as acceptable and further infiltrate our processes of formation in our institutions.”
“We fault the determination of the Supreme Court of Kenya and declare it as an effort towards the promotion of LGBTQ+ ideology which seeks to destroy life,” members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said.
SOURCE ACI Africa. Published with permission.