You might say they know how to grab a headline.
An anti-gay political party in Kenya has vowed to greet President Barack Obama when he visits later this month with 5,000 "totally naked" male and female protesters.
They aim to express dismay over Obama's recent support for gay rights and impress upon him the difference between a man and a woman — a difference Obama will no doubt be able to absorb when not shielding his eyes.
According to a statement by the Republican Liberty Party, published by the Nairobi Times, the naked protesters are taking a stand against "Obama's open and aggressive support for homosexuality."
Indeed. Fight fire with fire. Open and aggressive, meet naked and unadorned.
Where will they find 5,000 people willing to let it all hang out in the name of homophobia? According to Kidaha, the party will be supplementing its numbers with volunteer sex workers. He claims the sex workers have agreed to work free of charge because they are afraid they will lose work if homosexuality is legalized. The oppressive climate for gays in Kenya means those seeking intercourse with same-sex partners often resort to prostitution.
Here he is explaining the protest:
The demonstration is set to take place at Freedom Corner in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on July 22 and 23.
Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, and carry punishments of up to 14 years in prison. Homophobia runs rampant in the country. In response to US Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said: "Those who want to engage in those things can go to those countries and not ours."
Obama has been advised by anti-gay groups in Kenya to avoid the subject of gay rights on his trip there. But the White House made it clear Obama has no intention of side-stepping the issue.