LGBTQI IS AN “ABOMINATION” – Methodist Presiding Bishop

Most Rev Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church of Ghana, strongly denounces LGBTQI practices as an “abomination” during his Easter message, emphasizing their contradiction to religious, cultural, and traditional values.

“We need to reflect on the moral decadence leading to issues such as LGBTQI, an abomination as far as our religious, cultural and traditional values are concerned; moral issues of greed, selfishness, disrespect in society, where there is no fellow-feeling, issues of character assassination, blackmailing and hypocrisy.”

Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, passed the Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, 21 bill also known as the anti-LGBTQI+ bill. The Bill seeks to unequivocally criminalise LGBTQI+ activities.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has since called on the general public to wait for the outcome of the case filed at the Supreme Court by a concerned citizen about the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.

He further, added that “the Church will continue to pray for the President to assent to the controversial Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values, 21 bill also known as the anti-LGBTQI+ bill.”

The Methodist Bishop in his message to Ghanaians on the occasion of the Easter commemoration.

Has urged the citizenry to reflect on behaviours such as bribery and corruption, monetisation of the political landscape, disrespect in society, and issues of character assassination that were divulging the country and refrain from them.

Bishop Boafo said the season was also a call for peace, and urged electoral stakeholders to do all in their bid to ensure that there was peace before, during and after the 2024 elections.

He called on the Electoral Commission to be fair and neutral in all the electoral processes leading to, during and importantly after the elections.

He admonished political parties to be measured in their communication and engagements, embracing inclusive language, and avoiding intemperate, abusive, and offensive language in their campaigns.

“The Media, as always have a significant role to play by avoiding sensational reportage, providing, and using the various platforms to cause disaffection for character assassination, running down perceived political opponents, and all that do not inure to peace.”

“The Security personnel should be professional and impartial judges to engender trust before, during and after the elections,” he added.

Bishop Boafo said elections should not become avenues for conflict and bloodshed; rather, comportment and civility must be the guiding principles in political support and campaign.

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