You can’t bring US culture to Ghana

October 12, 2021 By 0 Comments

Advocacy groups for LGBTQI+, such asthe Cable News Network (CNN) and the diplomatic corps, have been cautioned not to import the values of their countries into Ghana.

The Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Samuel Nartey George, who is leading eight other Ghanaian lawmakers to help pass an anti-LGBTQI+ Bill into Law, boldly gave the warning in a live interview on CNN.

The programme, ‘Exchange’, hosted by Larry Modowo, a Kenyan journalist, engaged the lawmaker on the anti-gay bill currently before parliament.

In his defense during the interview, Sam George pointed out clearly to the host, who quizzed him if the bill was not against the human rights of people that the National House of Chiefs and traditional rulers of his constituency were in support of the bill.

“The Ghana House of Chiefs frowns on the activities of the LGBTQI+ society and individuals found engaging in that sinful act will be punished because it is a criminal offense, according to section 104 of our Criminal Offenses Act,” he said.

The host of the show asked Sam George if the bill being introduced would promote hate and encourage citizens to harm LGBTQI+ practitioners.

In responding to the question, the MP cited instances of terrorist attacks and deaths in America and asked the host if that was also hate, or those people do not have rights.

The host then told the lawmaker that the discussion was about Ghana and not America. It was at this point that Sam George asked him to stop importing foreign values into Ghana.

He said, “If this is about Ghana, then stop trying to import American values into the reasoning of Ghanaian values. This country had never favoured homosexuality and as borne in the Ghanaian laws and customs, the culture was not meant to thrive in the country.”

The stiff opposition to the anti-gay bill, in the view of analysts, appears deflated, following the massive support from majority of Ghanaian citizens, including traditional and religious leaders.

Parliament’s Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has received dozens of memos on the bill, some for and against.

However, the House is expected to work and make a determination on the totality of the bill which would define the grounds on which the nation stands on the contentious subject of homosexuality in Ghana, against the nation’s culture and values.

The bill is titled: The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, 2021.

Among other things, the bill says people of the same sex who engage in sexual intercourse are “liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than seven hundred and fifty penalty units and not more than five thousand penalty units, or to a term of imprisonment of not less than three years and not more than five years or both.”

These are people who “hold out as lesbians, gays, transgenders, transsexuals, queers, pansexuals, allies, non-binary or any other sexual or gender identity that is contrary to the binary categories of male and female.”