Friday, July 17, 2015

Ghana: Christians rally against same-sex relationships


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Ghana's Christian Council has denounced same-sex marriage, saying it is a mistake for countries to adopted and approve the practice.
The Christian umbrella group that unites some 15 churches in the West African nation wants the government to take a definite position on the issue and repel attempts by powerful countries that seek to foist, what they call, "gayism" on Ghana.
nations should respect the religious rights and values of nations
The council enjoined political leaders not to compromise on the country's cultural values and also urged Ghanaians to resist any temptation from any country or individual that tries to influence legalising same sex in Ghana.
Following the US's endorsement of same-sex marriage in June this year, many Ghanaians have expressed resentment at the practice, describing it as un-Biblical, un-Christian and, therefore, un-African.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Ghana face legal challenges.
Male same-sex sexual acts are illegal in the country, although it is uncertain whether female same-sex sexual activity is legal.
General secretary of the Christian Council, Rev Kwabena Opuni-Frimpon noted that even though the practice has found its way into the legal books, Ghana should not compromise on its cultural values.
"God's principle for marriage, which is also in line with African cultural values is between a man and a woman," he told a church service.
"This is supposed to be the foundation for every family as prescribed by God.
"Therefore, for a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman is very ungodly and unnatural," he said.
"This will ultimately lead to a weaker, chaotic and morally decayed nation."
"I think same-sex marriage is a mistake that must be corrected and not a practice that people with the right senses need to approve of," Rev Patrick Tuffour of the Apostolic Church Ghana told The Africa Report.
He argued that bigger nations who have accepted same-sex marriage might use it as bait to bilateral aid.
"Such nations should respect the religious rights and values of nations who have decided not to accept and legalise same sex marriages," he cautioned.
He urged the churches to offer counselling services support to individuals practicing homosexuality, noting that, people practicing same-sex relationships adopted it and could be changed through counselling.
A senior law lecturer at the University of Ghana, Moses Foh-Amoaning, warned churches they risk being dominated by homosexuals if the clergy failed to stage a blistering crusade against same-sex marriage in the country.
The dormant posture of the Ghanaian bishops, archbishops, pastors, ministers and the likes, he said, would see houses of God being ruled by homosexuals, which is a cardinal sin in Christianity.
A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center on Global Attitudes saw Ghana take the first position among countries that are hostile to homosexuality with Uganda and Pakistan in number 5 and 10 positions, respectively


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