On Nana Oye Lithur, those Pastors and Members of Parliament

The ongoing Gay Rights ‘Debate’ in Ghana really annoys me.

First of all, most of the people debating don’t even know what these Gay Rights are… Either that, or they are intentionally being obtuse.
More importantly, I really wish that as a country, we would direct all the passion that the subject of homosexuality inspires in our innocent and pious hearts towards something that’s more important… like… hmm let me see… Oh, here’s a thought… we could passionately seek solutions to our electricity and water problems!

Unfortunately, this wish of mine will probably never come true, and my attempt to ignore the stupidity that the debate in its various manifestations inevitably reveals has failed. Once Again.

This example of Gay Rights inspired stupidity has been worrying me for a long time. When I saw a news article about an Association of Pastors against the appointment of Nana Oye Lithur, I was rather shocked, which is weird, because there’s not much a pastor in Ghana can do that will shock me. I also listened, with increasing incredulity, to a radio discussion where some NPP members of Parliament complained about the appointment of Nana Oye Lithur and how we (Ghana) would incur the wrath of God if she wasn’t removed immediately.

First Question: Is Nana Oye Lithur that good?
Does she have a superpower we haven’t been told about? Perhaps some super mind-control wave thingy that she will use to force the pastors and MPs to have a super gay orgy? No? Or does the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection have the authority to pass laws? Why are they so worried about her appointment?!

Second Question: Why won’t the MPs just pass a law against the damn thing?
Or at least amend the existing law. The law on unnatural carnal knowledge is not very direct ( we have been told). Fortunately for them, MPs on both sides of the house are united in their hatred for homosexuals, so how hard is it to simply do their job… you know… The one we pay them GhC7200.00 for.

Third Question: Why are some pastors so darn stupid?
You would think they would form an Association against Corruption, Or Spouse Abuse, or Rape or something.

I’ll stop here. If I continue, I might just say exactly what I think about these pastors.

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A Ghanaian Holocaust?

I sit here on my bed watching ‘The Pianist’ with tears streaming down my face and anger mixed with pity in my heart. As I watch the movie, I try to imagine myself as a Jew living under such circumstances. I am outraged, confused, horrified and above all filled with an overwhelming sense of pity.

I ask myself how it ever happened. I wonder what kind of people would do such horrible things to their fellow human beings. What were they thinking? How did they see the Jews or the Gypsies? Possible answers flood my brain. I’ve been putting off reading Mein Kampf for so long. I find it, start reading it and stop in disgust. On particular bit really catches my attention…

“And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.”

New thoughts fill my head now… ‘Could this happen in Ghana?’ I panic ‘No! Absolutely not! We’re peace-loving… We are’ Unbidden, memories of some of the things I heard and read when the issues of homosexuality came up in Ghanaian public discourse flood my head. Things like

Let’s gather all the lesbians and rape them. That will teach them to like men.

If I found out my son was gay, I would kill him.

These people are not proper human beings. They are an abomination.

God detests homosexuality.

The Bible speaks against it. If we do not want to incur the wrath of God, let’s put a stop to homosexuality.

Some ministers ordered the arrest of homosexuals in their communities. Mothers cast away their sons.

The beginnings are harmless enough… They start with statements like these from ‘righteous’ people.

One thing I know is that Hitler did not develop these ideas in a vacuum, all by himself. He heard things, he saw things.. People were muttering about the Jews around him.. He read articles and books.. Yes. Including the Bible. He interpreted it to suit his own ideals.

Then they become ideas that fester and become ‘views’ and if it is not checked, soon enough, another Adolf or Adolfine might rise and form an opinion about it, maybe write a book. Perhaps she/he will get to become an architect and it would stop there. Well, perhaps she/he would design some pretty horrendous building, but hey, it’s nothing we have not seen before… And what if it doesn’t stop there? What if she/he becomes the most powerful person in Ghana, or Africa and decides to rid the world of ‘undesirables’.

I shudder to imagine what might happen. For perhaps the millionth time in my life, I wonder if there’s really a God. I wont feel assured of that today. Perhaps I’ll feel it tomorrow when I hear my  mother’s voice or see a beautiful cloud.

Not tonight… My heart is too heavy, my nose is too runny…