Christian conservative Bryan Fischer on Monday criticized President Barack Obama for speaking out in support of gay rights while visiting Kenya.

Obama made his remarks during a joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode,” Obama said in Nairobi. “And bad things happen.”

“And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread,” Obama added. “As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law.”

Kenyatta, however, defended his nation's laws – which make homosexuality a crime punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment – suggesting that they were rooted in tradition.

“The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families – these are some things that we share,” he said. “But there are some things that we must admit we don't share. Our culture, our societies don't accept.”

“It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” Kenyatta added. “This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the [gay rights issue] is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.”

Fischer chided Obama – calling him “rude” – and claimed that African leaders “are more enlightened” than the United States on the issue of gay rights.

“We are smart enough. We are bright enough. We are intelligent enough. We are sane enough to make this kind of behavior contrary to public policy,” Fischer said on behalf of the continent's leaders. “We're not going to embrace it. We're not going to promote it. We're not even going to make it legal.”