- Even people who do not know God know that when it comes to sexuality, the natural way is for man to know woman and not the other way round- says Archbishop Naameh
Most Rev, Philip Naameh, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) and Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale has taken a swipe at groups and individuals who are kicking against the anti-LGBTQI+ bill urging them to direct their energies towards conversations that would develop the country.
He said homosexuality was not fit to be a right that must be propagated in any sane society and that opposers failed to realise the act only meant doom for the country’s social values.
He intimated that the act, (Homosexuality) did not pass Ghana’s societal moral values and judgment, stressing that the public must not be pushed into thinking it was a right to be enjoyed when it plainly had adverse effects on value systems.
“This is what we have against intellectuals who came up against the conversation against the bill, they should use the intelligence to have the conversations around issues where Ghana can develop.”
“Let us not permit another group of persons or country to determine our values for us,” He admonished.
Archbishop Naameh in his comments on JoyNews’ Upfront on Thursday night reiterated that there was a way of life that distinguished human beings from other creatures and gave them a reasoning gut to determine what was morally sound or not.
He said the ‘movement’ was to “remind human beings especially when it comes to sexual relationships that when God created the human being in his own image and likeness, He also had an intentionality on how human sexuality should be exercised and we are concerned about how we go about it,” He said.
Archbishop Naameh stressed that there were forces propagating these ideals that were formidable than the entire response from the country and it was prudent that every individual was brought to a high level of consciousness about the adverse effect of such practices on the value systems
“It is a wider conversation which Europeans and Americans do not want us to have and so they focus their attention on something which I may call the insignificant-this gay thing.”
He added, “we need to start a conversation and let them know that we have our right to our own value systems.”
While calling for a dialogue on the issue, Archbishop Naameh advised the public to be weary of accepting any friendships, aid, or any other gesture that was conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they were now baptised by the powers that promote them.
The bill when passed would criminalize the activities of LGBTQI people and impose prison sentences for being LGBTQI, for advocating for gay rights.
It would however provide health services and support for LGBTQI people.