About ten years ago, a movement or association calling itself the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Queer Intersex Rights or LGBT as is popularly known, surfaced in Ghana openly, threatening to force itself on us as an organization that should be protected and allowed to operate its doctrines outside the existing and known laws of Ghana.
Today, AD 2021, that same organization, having existed underground because it fears its own shadows has, this time, sought to impose itself on the nation unawares.
This its leaders did by going on social media and publicizing an event that showed they were opening their offices in the country to trade indecency.
Earlier, they had systematically but surreptitiously popped up on media interactive programmes, vehemently pushing their agenda. Since then, they had, on and off, been aggressively looking for that space to bounce back.
In some democratic platforms in Europe, these advocates have unfortunately tried to paint Ghana as a nation persecuting LBGTs in the same manner Boko Haram terrorizes innocent citizens or Christians, for that matter, in Nigeria, Mali, and Niger.
In series of photographs accompanying the announcement on social media, we have pictures of Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians looking busy and adorning the new office environment in a fit of excitement.
So the fact that they have an agenda to use human rights as a weapon is established, without them linking their claims and rights to our laws as exist in our books; or our cultures in communities around the country.
Culture and practices
The truth is that, while in Ghana these things are usually private and personal and so we hardly hear cases about those involved openly parading it in public, evidence that anybody is being hounded or persecuted for being gay or lesbian, etc is almost non-existent.
Culture and tradition is interestingly a part of the laws of Ghana as it does in several other nations, including Europe.
As long as a culture and its practices are connected to peaceful coexistence, harmony, unity, and development, we, and, indeed, most black African states, embrace it as part of our laws.
That aside from the fact that we have a whole gamut of human rights laws which are in sync with international conventions, including those affecting women and disabled persons, the aged and the vulnerable.
We can’t afford it
In a nation where we face armed robbery and unemployment challenges; as well as hurdles in funding health and education, our priorities may be different from that of endowed Europe where they can afford to feed teeming millions in their prison facilities if they consistently broke the laws.
Immorality in schools and in communities is another worry we have had to live with, at a time when we want our kids in the classroom to be part of the dream to develop Ghana and share the fruits thereof.
That is why we commend all those protesting against the threat to open desecration of our already morally weak communities on the part of the LBGT advocates here in Ghana.
We commend the Bishops Conference and the other mainline churches; we commend the traditional authorities and Pentecostal services and we equally commend ordinary citizens who want to see a more decent society in which we can go in and come out safely, aware that we are each other’s keeper – and not the destroyer.
But that is also why we commend an outspoken Ghanaian and lawyer, Moses Foh-Amoaning, Executive Secretary for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values.
We cherish our own laws
We agree with him that the LGBT doctrine cannot be a human right and that Ghana has the sovereign right not to legalize its operations. That is by our existing laws and which any LGBT wing may have to change through the appropriate processes if it intends to evangelize Ghana by its doctrines.
Until that day, and we hold our existing laws and cultures still sacred because of its ends, the LGBTs will have to prove at the appropriate forums that they are not anti-development and a morally destabilizing factor in Ghana.
They may, in the time being, promise innocent converts material comfort; but that, in our opinion, is not the path to our collective harmony, peace, and social stability that underpins national development.
Protecting our kids
While this conversation rages, it is the belief of the Thunder that parents take control and protect their kids from the influence of the LBGT opium.
It is imperative that we recognize the duty that God and the country have placed on us to avoid that temptation to invite into our society and homes a way of life that we would live to regret long after we are gone.