[Opinion] Averting LGBTQI Activities in Ghana

[Opinion] Averting LGBTQI Activities in Ghana

By: Damian Avevor

The recent outdooring in Accra of the office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) + Rights Ghana on January 31, 2021, generated a disaffection among many Ghanaians because the laws, values and cultural beliefs in Ghana do not allow for such practices.

In a bid to wage a crusade for the shutdown of a new office space for the LGBTQI Movement in Ghana, the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values led by its Executive Secretary, Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning, on February 11, 2021 issued a press statement vehemently condemning the European Union (EU) in Ghana for asking Ghanaians to respect and tolerate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) individuals in the country.

He said the EU should not impose their so-called values and beliefs on Ghanaians who are against homosexuality. He was reacting to a post issued by the EU’s office in Ghana for the rights of the LGBTQI community to be respected and tolerated.

Following the release of the statement by the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, the LBGT+Rights and its allies have unleashed unwarranted personal attacks on Mr. Foh-Amoaning, an act which has also been unreservedly condemned by many organisations including the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The Catholic Bishops in a February 19 Statement said “We, the Catholic Bishops of Ghana, write to condemn all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana. We also write to support the position of Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and the Coalition who for years has been championing the crusade against homosexuality. We also commend other individuals who have spoken in condemnation of this practice. We do this because the Roman Catholic Church is opposed to this abominable practice.”

Giving reasons for the support, the Catholic Bishops said “The Church sees the practice of homosexuality as something condemned by the Scriptures and cites in its documents the biblical passages mentioned above that condemn homosexuality. In addition to these passages, the Church sees the practice of homosexuality as being incompatible with the creation stories relating man and woman in Genesis.”

According to the Bishops: “To choose someone of the same sex for one’s sexual activity or for marriage is to annul the rich symbolism and meaning, not to mention the goals, of God’s sexual design. Homosexual activity is not a complementary union, able to transmit life, and so it thwarts the call to a life of that form of self-giving which the Gospel says is the essence of Christian living.”

In 2019, there were general concerns that greeted the introduction of controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculum in the educational systems of Ghana which generated debates and concerns by Religious Bodies, Civil Society Organisations and Parents.

In a 2019 Communiqué after their Plenary Assembly in Elmina, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) maintained a harsh stance against the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), which they said is aimed to create acceptance around LGBTQ issues.

“We already have an acceptable sex education in our educational system. As a nation, therefore, we must make our position unequivocally clear and put in place measures that will stop those who propagate this evil agenda,” the Bishops said.

The Catholic Bishops added in their collective 2019 message, “While we recognise that there are people with these abnormal sexual orientations and request that they be treated and helped, we oppose very strongly any CSE that teaches the acceptance of LGBTQ and same sex marriages as normal.”

“We already have acceptable sex education in our educational system. As a nation, therefore, we must make our position unequivocally clear and put in place measures that will stop those who propagate this evil agenda,” the Bishops added.

In 2020, there was a wide circulation of a poster publicizing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community conference in Accra. The choice of Ghana for the 5th edition of the Pan African conference on the theme “Sankofa: looking back to our roots- reclaiming our rights” scheduled to take place in Accra from July 27 to 31, 2020 for the LGBTQ community within Ghana, was also not well received by the Ghanaian populace.

Following the news, the Catholic Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp decried the choice of Ghana as the host country to the conference and urged Ghanaians to uphold their religious values as the society becomes “more difficult.”

In their February 19 statement, the Catholic Bishops called on the President of Ghana and Parliament to state unambiguously their position on the matter of homosexuality and its practice in Ghana is an urgent one that need to be taken seriously.

With the many concerns raised by organisations and Ghanaians in general about the activities of LGBTQI in Ghana, as espoused by the Catholic Bishops, the Executive and the Legislature should ensure that they are not cowed down or succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQIs in Ghana.

The exact causes of homosexuality are not clearly known. Three factors however may prompt someone to homosexuality. The first is biological. Studies show that there is a collection of cells in the brain that may trigger someone to be homosexual. Some see this as genetic conditioning and hereditary.

The second factor is emotional. All human fertilized eggs are identical but with time hormonal changes and other chemicals make us male or female. Nature is not perfect and sometimes someone may have the body of a man but feels like a woman. He is intermediate gender or trapped in the wrong body. Such a man may seek emotional pleasure from another man.

The third factor is socio-cultural. The commonest reason for homosexuality is personal benefits. We are in hard times and many would do anything for money, appointments, promotion and examination favours.

As homosexual practice is morally and culturally unacceptable in Ghana, LGBTQI Movements needs to be remined that the interpretation of the laws of Ghana is not subject to the prejudices of lobbyist organizations.

The challenge therefore goes to the Government of Ghana through its appropriate ministries and agencies to safeguard the laws of the country and resist attempts by any entity-local and/or foreign-to misinterpret and, worse, rewrite our laws; laws that give due regard to the cherished culture and social values of the Ghanaian people.

Ghanaians have to serve as gatekeepers of the moral and cultural fiber of our nation by promoting sound and acceptable family life in this country. Furthermore, parents and teachers particularly in boarding schools must take concrete steps to insulate our children from any gay practices and all other sexual improprieties.

Yes, the activities of LGBTQI are morally wrong and goes against God’s purpose for marriage.

We must improve our teachings on sex education and this will help people to know the dangers in homosexuality and make healthy choices. We must also work hard to make our heterosexual marriages attractive to motivate to marry the right way.

 

By : Damian Avevor//newswatchgh.com