A traditional priest has waded into the raging debate about criminalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community in Ghana, terming it irritating and detracting from the real development challenges, the country is confronted with.
Okomfo Atta Kofi, said what two adults choose to do behind closed doors should not and must never be the business of any other person or group.
Speaking to journalists at Abesim, Sunyani, he said he found it absurd the threats, the resort to political blackmail by some Christian leaders in their desperate attempt to get that steamrolled what they were calling "The Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill" through the legislative house.
His expectation was that they would focus on tackling the rot -the corruption in the church. He was finding it difficult to rationalize why the church leaders were uninterested in boldly talking about the cheating, the deception and the robbery going on in the church - charlatans parading themselves as "Men of God", who were taking advantage of the fear of insecurity of the people to swindle them.
He said if the church saw homosexuality as evil, they should use the pulpit to fight it - preach against and turn their away their members from engaging in the practice.
"That we are seeing these things take hold in a society where over 70 percent profess to be Christians shows the failure of the church.
What the so called Prophets, Archbishops, Bishops and Apostles have been doing is just lying and deceiving their followers to make money and live in luxury."
Church leaders in the West African nation have ratchet up pressure on the country's lawmakers to criminalize LGBTQI+ advocacy and practice and offenders punished.
They are threatening to get their members to vote against any politician who would stand in the way of the bill.
Not everybody is supporting that, as a group of top lawyers, communication experts, respected scholars and civil society activists are kicking against it saying, doing that is backward, state sponsored violence and fundamental human rights violation.
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