By Arnold Neliba
ACCRA, FEBRUARY 23, 2021 (CISA)-The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) while stressing on the Church’s’ call for respect for the rights of homosexuals as human beings has warned the European Union (EU) against imposing values and beliefs on homosexuality to Ghanaians.
In a February 19 press statement signed by Most Rev Philip Naameh President of GCBC, the bishops said the rights of homosexuals as persons do not include the right of a man to marry a man or of a woman to marry a woman.
“Even though the Church strongly condemns homosexual acts, it insists that the rights of homosexuals as persons should be respected. Homosexuals are also human beings created in the image of God, and they should enjoy the same fundamental human rights that all people enjoy,” the bishops said.
The bishops were reacting to a position held by the EU’s office in Ghana that the rights of the “Lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex should be respected and tolerated.”
“We write to condemn all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana. We also support the position of Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and the coalition who for years has been championing the crusade against homosexuality,” the bishops said, further calling for the closure of LGBTQI office that had been opened in Accra.
Lawyer Foh-Amoaning who doubles as the Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values had led a campaign calling for the shutdown of the new office space for the LGBTQI movement in Ghana.
“We also commend other individuals who have spoken in condemnation of this practice. We do this because the Roman Catholic Church is opposed to the abominable practice,” they said stating that the practice is against the Social teachings of the Church and against the scriptures.
“The Church sees the practice of homosexuality as being incompatible with the creation story relating man and woman in Genesis,” they said as they called on President and parliament to state their position on the matter of homosexuality practice in Ghana.
The conference urged the executive and legislature not to succumb to pressure to legalize rights of LGBTQI in Ghana.