Coalition Calls For National Policy On LGBT

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The Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Moses Foh-Amoaning, has called on political leaders in the country to have a national policy on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) to avoid further misinterpretation by the public.

This, he said should be done on a wide spectrum from, legal point of view to scientific, health points of view as well as the international relations to ensure common understanding.

Mr. Foh-Amoaning made the call when the Coalition paid a courtesy call on the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu at his residence in Accra.

The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values is a tripartite coalition made up of Christian community; the Christian council, Catholic secretariat, Catholic Bishops conference, Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, the Muslim community and the Traditional rulers.

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The meeting was aimed at soliciting support from the National Chief Imam ahead of the Coalition’s World Congress of Families Summit in October and November this year.

The Congress is aimed at bringing families from around the world together to deliberate on issues that affect it and find solutions to such challenges in order to maintain a natural family unit.

Mr. Foh-Amoaning appealed to the government to clearly state its position on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education programme for better understanding.

He said even though the President Akufo Addo in a recent address allayed the fears of the public about the intentions of the programme, the posture of some government appointees on the policy gave the Coalition and the public a cause to worry.

“We are proud because some of us have implicit faith in this President because he is the one who came to power using the word of God, ‘the battle is the Lord’s’, so we knew that he was not going to do anything that will be counter to what God’s word said and so we are happy he said that.

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“However, we also hope that those working under him will have some respect for the President because when the Chief Executive of this country for who Ghanaians have voted for says I don’t want this to happen in my count, don’t go round limiting what he has said”.

They have no business doing that because this is a country of law”, he said.

Mr. Foh-Amoaning also announced that the Coalition is currently working on a Bill, entitled ‘Who Is On The Lord’s Side’, which they will present to Parliament upon completion with a view to introduce it into law.

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He stated that the Bill describes how best to deal with LGBT + people and comes with the disturbing promise “We will make our punishment corrective instead of punitive”. It would separate LGBT+ people into two groups – the penitent and the irredeemable – and assign punishments based on whichever category the “guilty” person is put into.

On his part, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu
assured the Coalition of his office’s support to ensure that it achieved its goal.

He also called for unity among all religious organisations and well-meaning Ghanaians to ensure that the values of the society were upheld.

By: Paul Mamattah

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