MP slams Christian Council over homosexual stance
The Member of Parliament for Sene Constituency, Felix Twumasi Appiah, has slammed the call by the Christian Council for Ghanaians to vote against politicians who do not openly declare their stance on homosexuality ahead of the 2012 general elections.
The Council, at a Press Conference on Monday July 18, condemned homosexuality and charged leaders of the various political parties to publicly declare their position on the practice.
However, in an interview with Citi News Parliamentary Correspondent Richard Sky, the Sene MP condemned the clergy, accusing them of hypocrisy. The clergy, he said, was refusing to realize that the incidence of homosexuality indicated that they had failed to convert more people to Christianity.
Hon. Twumasi Appiah wondered why the Christian Council is not asking politicians to legislate adultery and polygamy which according to him were also abolished in the ancient days.
“I just want to say that they have not done their job as preachers. Instead of them to be out there crusading and winning more souls for God, they are telling us to legislate morality which is unbecoming and uncalled for. Why won’t they ask parliament to legislate polygamy and adultery which in Jesus’ era existed and was abolished? What I think they should do is to win more souls.
“What the clergy has to do is to go out there, preach to people and make sure that they inculcate God’s fear into the people and once they do that, whether lesbians or gays, they will turn to do what is good”.
However, Rev. Dr. Amoo Daku, a member of the Council of State and President of the Baptist Convention, believes the Sene MP has got it all wrong. In his opinion, homosexuality is not a matter of morality anymore but a lifestyle that is gaining notoriety amongst the public.
“It is not an issue of morality; it is a lifestyle that is unbecoming, it is a lifestyle that would cause a whole manner of problems,” he told Citi FM.
In another development, a former deputy Attorney General under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Kwame Osei Prempeh says President John Atta Mills should take a more decisive stance on homosexuality.
Hon. Osei Prempeh, who is the MP for Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, said the Christian Council must rather be commended for their strong position on homosexuality and not condemned.
According to him, the laws of the land frown on homosexuality, adding that President Mills must ensure that homosexuals are seriously dealt with in the country.
Source Citifmonline Ghana