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Why Are You Silent On Corruption And Human Right Abuses But Speak On LGBT Issues? Manasseh Asks Catholic Bishops Conference

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Investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has wondered why the Catholic Bishops Conference were quick to release a strong worded statement on LGBTQI issues that have recently cropped up in the country but have been mute on corruption scandals and human rights abuses.

According to him, although it is not entirely normal for someone to switch from the natural sexual orientation, the Ghanaian society must rather help these gays and lesbians to get over any psychological trauma they may be going through instead of chastising them.

He shared concerns on why Ghanaians in general are more tolerant of the theft of their public funds than two gays or lesbians having sex.

“In this renewed debate, however, one thing has got me thinking: why are Ghanaians generally more tolerant of the theft of their public funds than two gays or lesbians having sex? Why would the Catholic Bishops Conference be silent on the numerous corruption scandals and human rights abuses but issue a strongly-worded statement to the president when it has to do with the issue of gays and lesbians?: he wrote on Facebook.

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THE LGBT OF SAUDI ARABIA AND GHANA********************************************I have a simple approach to and position on the vexed issue of Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and the ever-expanding list of sex and gender identity. I like to personalise it.

If my son came to tell me that he is converting his anus into a sex organ, or he intends to cut his penis and undergo procedures to become a woman, what would be my reaction?Would I congratulate him and say he’s an adult so whatever he does does not affect me? Or would I hate, denounce him as a son or abuse him because I dislike the act?

Whatever he does, he is still my son. I will still love him and have compassion towards him. I won’t discriminate against him.However, I would not pretend to be happy with his choice and justify it with all manner of theories. I would try to encourage him to abandon the idea and seek psychological support to convince him to change his mind.If it all fails, I will endure it painfully and keep praying for him and loving him. I won’t say it’s normal.

It is not true that whatever adults decide to do in a sexual relationship does not affect others. If a grown-up man and his grown-up daughter decide to have sex, the law will not allow them. How does that affect others? My wife and I agreed to marry. Nobody compelled us. We are adults. But if we agree to divorce each other today, the law will require us to prove that the marriage is irredeemably broken. How does our separation affect another person’s marriage or income? In most of the countries that are pushing others to accept LGBT as normal, if adults agree and decide to marry more than one wife or husband, the law will not leave them alone.

So it’s not true that whatever two adults decide to do should be left to them because it does not affect others. I can imagine the trauma I’d bring on my wife and family if I decided that I’m going to be a woman.All the same, I think the physical and verbal attacks directed at LGBT etc is wrong. Treat them the way you would if they were your children, siblings or parents. They need help.I also think it is wrong for one country to foist its beliefs on another country, especially when those beliefs are not part of the globally accepted human rights and when the powerful countries forcing others to accept their beliefs do so discriminately.

Why is the West or the EU not putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to recognise LGBT as normal? Are there no gays and lesbians in Saudi Arabia? Or they don’t have rights?If you’re liberal enough to think that LGBT is right, you should be liberal enough to tolerate those who think it’s wrong. That’s when we can begin to work together to reach a common ground. The countries that think it’s right today once saw it as wrong.Growing up, no Science book taught me that the anus was a sex organ. The one who tries to teach me that now should be tolerant enough to understand the confusion in my head.

The unbridled expansion of the frontiers of liberalism is sound in theory, but in practice, it has consequences.Last year, I listened to a BBC documentary in which people who had changed their gender were now struggling to return to their original gender. The happiness they thought they would find in their new genders did not exist after all.

Some people actually get depressed after changing their gender. If they had been helped to appreciate their original gender, they would have been saved all the years they spent transitioning.Such persons needed help to overcome an anomaly. Their society did not offer them the help they needed but told them it was normal to think that they were men trapped in women’s bodies or vice versa.

In this renewed debate, however, one thing has got me thinking: why are Ghanaians generally more tolerant of the theft of their public funds than two gays or lesbians having sex? Why would the Catholic Bishops Conference be silent on the numerous corruption scandals and human rights abuses but issue a strongly-worded statement to the president when it has to do with the issue of gays and lesbians?

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Ibrahim Mahama Has Not Forgiven Owusu Bempah, Ignore Reports – Aide

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Rafik Mahama, an aide to Ibrahim Mahama, the Chief Executive Officer of Engineers and Planners Company Limited, has rebuffed media reports that Ernest Owusu Bempah, the embattled spokesperson for Ghana Gas has been pardoned.

“Kindly disregard the story that went viral today with the headline: “Ibrahim Mahama invites ‘brother’ Owusu Bempah home for tea, pardons payment of GH¢203,000”, Rafik Mahama stated in a social media post sighted by GhanaWeb. “There’s no such invitation extended to Owusu Bempah after the apology was issued. An amount of GHC 107,000 has been paid so far with GHC203,000 outstanding”.

He added: “Mr. Ibrahim Mahama received an official apology from Owusu Bempah and apart from that, no further decision has been taken with regards to the apology from Owusu Bempah and the outstanding amount of GHC 203,000.”

An Accra High Court last month ordered Ernest Owusu Bempah, the spokesperson for Ghana Gas to pay Ibrahim Mahama for defamation.

Owusu Bempah as per reports has been struggling to raise the said amount to settle his debt.

On Saturday, February 27, false reports emerged on social media that Ibrahim Mahama had forgiven Owusu Bempah.

Source: GhanaWeb

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I Will Never Legalize LGBTQI Marriage – Akufo-Addo Finally Breaks His Silence

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has broken his silence on the raging issue of same-sex relations, declaring that his administration will never legalize same-sex marriage in the country.

Speaking at an event in Asante Mampong to outdoor the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo stated:

“It will not be under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legalized in Ghana; it will never happen in my time as president.”

This statement from President Akufo-Addo will bring finality to the raging issue of same-sex relations in the country for the past two weeks.

The opening of an office for the LGBTQI+ group in Ghana and statements made by some ministerial nominees during vetting have culminated in a highly divisive and emotive discussion on the matter, with the police eventually closing down the office.

Source: GhanaWeb

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Captain Smart ‘Trades Blows’ With Gay Journalist In A Live Interview

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Few days ago, former Metro TV journalist, Ignatius Annor openly declared himself as being gay and he has since then jumped on a campaign to advocate for LGBTQI rights to be recognized in Ghana.

His latest encounter with the media did not go too well as the Euronews journalist decided to boycott an interview with Angel FM’s Captain Smart midway.

Throughout the interview which lasted a little under 25 minutes, the disagreement between the two journalists surrounding LGBTQI+ promotion become clear with each single question posed by the interviewer.

Ignatius on one hand sought to explain to Captain Smart why Ghanaians need to be accepting and accommodating of gay people and their activities.

He argued that not all persons could possibly be heterosexual and that some people were born gay hence the need to have a society that is accepting of such persons.

“I don’t know but what is the criminality here if a man says I have love for another fellow man or I have love for another fellow woman. What is the crime here?” he questioned.

He further pointed out to Captain Smart that he had taken a troubling position on the matter by stating that people arguing for gay rights recognition in Ghana were attempting to dilute the cultural setup of the country.

“One of those troubling issues for the LGBTQI+ community is the position that you as a media person holds and your line of questioning is not doing any good. That is not doing us any good,” he stated.

Captain Smart along the lines then inquired from the journalist whether he identifies as a female or male, Annor answered that he was male.

He further attempted to find out the sexual role of his interviewee in his relationship.

“I find your question very disrespectful and I will not answer your question. I find your question dehumanizing and disrespectful because I have not asked you that question as a straight man. So you can’t ask me that and it’s very unfortunate. As a human being you don’t have the right to ask that question,” Annor stated.

The host of the show who was insistent on knowing the answer to his question argued that Ignatius by refusing to answer the question was proving that he was ashamed of himself for being gay.

“I repeat myself again, for me to agree to speak to you on LGBTQI debate and for you to sit in your studio and for you to continue a narrative while for yours I have been dehumanized, I just told you that I can’t continue this conversation. Thank you,” was the response Ignatius gave before Captain Smart ended the interview.

Source: GhanaWeb

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