On Muslims in “Christian” Schools

Sometimes I think people know deep down inside that they aren’t living lives God would be proud of, and this is why they become warriors of intolerance and discrimination against people of other religions. Perhaps they hope God will look at the very very strong way they “defend” Him and count the number of “I am a Christian” statuses they put on facebook… and this is how they will make paradise…

I’m reading such horrid comments about this Muslims in Christian schools issue, and the hypocrisy and intolerance is rather startling. I’m reading some of these comments from women who have been complaining about suffering discrimination just because they are women. Women who posted things like “I am so angry and disgusted!!!” in response to the Indian rapist who said a woman should stay at home in the evening if she didn’t want to be raped. I’m reading them from Africans who complain about racism and discrimination everyday – people who think the the colour of a persons skin should not mean they do not have equal access and opportunities in the world. People who rose together and condemned the whites-only club that opened in Accra.

Why is it that they say oppressed people make the best oppressors?

Then I read some more from people who went to so-called first class schools who posted things like –

“Oh Muslims were allowed to pray in MY school, so this means that Muslims everywhere in Ghana are allowed to pray so what are those ones complaining about? It can’t be true, they just lack discipline”

Oh then the ones that said

 “We (Christians) built the good schools, why don’t they build their own schools?! We didn’t force them to go to “our” schools.”

Actually, the colonizing “missionaries” built those good schools, and mostly because they came to our continent from the coasts and captured southern areas first. Of course those schools are better endowed – the colony/nation’s resources were concentrated there – still are – but that’s not the point of this post. And the first graduates in these first good schools were also the first to get the good positions in governments and thus were able continue the trends of privilege. And let us not forget that taxpayers money goes into running these schools – not just Christian money.

Then I read the most stupid ones –

“this is how Boko haram starts oh. First hijab, next they want to convert us all by force”

No, extremist groups like Boko Haram rather thrive in situations where Muslims (or other religious groups) are oppressed, disrespected and discriminated against! This is just the sort of excuse they need to recruit disillusioned, disenfranchised, demoralised, unfairly treated youth and to justify their evil excesses…

And Ghanaian Christians really need to come to terms with the fact that they have a “Christian privilege” in Ghana. Christians are the powerful majority here. Go to most events and people automatically pray a Christian prayer at the beginning, for example. Be responsible with this power. Do not be like other powerful majorities that have oppressed people like you with their power.

I don’t have a prescription for solving this issue, but whatever the solution is, it must come from a place of tolerance , mutual understanding, respect, compromise and love. We have too many problems in this country to add religious conflicts, please.

Let’s concentrate on dumsor and the economy.