Yes, the majority of Ghanaians are in favor of the anti-LGBTQ+ bill currently being debated in parliament. When the current Chairman of the Pentecost Church of Ghana, together with other Christian leaders, filed a memorandum to Parliament on the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, which is still under consideration by the legislative body, Ghanaians' voices were amplified. Several accolades have been bestowed on these religious leaders because they spoke up for the people, especially the Pentecost Church.
This is the second occasion this year that the Pentecost Church has made the news; the first time was when they funded and built a multi-purpose prison complex in Ejura, Ashanti Region. A commendable initiative. The problem on the ground is that two Pentecostal leaders had opposing viewpoints on the LGBTQ+ issue despite reading the same Bible.
Apostle Opoku Onyinah, the immediate previous Chairman of Pentecost, and Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the current Chairman of Pentecost, are the two Chairmen engaged. First, we'll look at Apostle Opoku Onyinah's perspective. Gentle. Blogger came upon an interview he conducted with Joy News three years ago in response to the UK Prime Minister's statement about countries legalizing homosexuality. This is what he said.
"For me, that was an insult to Ghanaians. If you become poor, this is what people will do to you. It is against our culture. It is taboo in Ghana. It is a taboo in Christianity. A taboo to Muslims and a taboo in the traditional religion. Why then should tell us to do something that is a taboo to all the social sectors in the country".
In the view of Apostle Opoku Onyinah, homosexuality was an insult to the social sectors in the country, Ghana. From the narrative, Apostle Eric Nyamekye did not share in the view of his predecessor. This is what he also said.
"This movement is an insult to the intelligence of God. You are telling God that he did not think enough. And that this is how it should happen"
So, according to Apostle Eric Nyamekye, homosexuality is an affront to God's intelligence, not to the country's social sectors. They did, however, all drive in the same direction; homosexuality must not be tolerated in our country. Ghanaians are hoping that this bill would be enacted, but what happens after that? The same religious leaders must speak out against all other forms of immorality in society, including political corruption.
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