Catholic Bishop Agrees On Voting Out MPs Who Oppose LGBTQ+ Bill
Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has thrown out support for the Pentecost Church in voting out Members of Parliament (MP) who will stand against the passage of the LGBTQ+ Bill.
The Pentecost Church, while presenting a memo in support of the Proper Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill to Parliament, noted that it isn’t against people in the practice but the practice itself.
“We’re going to cause people to come onto the street, and we’re going to warn any Government that if you vote against this bill, we will vote you out, that is it. There’s no room for neutrality,” Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost warned.
Reacting to it, Rev. Naameh said MPs are the people’s representatives and therefore it is fair to take them out if they misrepresent the interest of their people.
“It can be assumed that the predominate majority of a particular constituency are believers (Muslims, Christians and Traditionalists) and they elect a believer to go represent their values. When he goes to do something else, it is only fair if by the next election, he is not voted into power. “
“That is the most just thing to do. If we elect you to represent us, represent our fears and interests and if you do contrary to what we want, that one alone calls for your removal”, he further explained.
Some Members of Parliament are seeking to criminalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) in Ghana.
On the back of this, many, including Coalition of Muslim Organizations Ghana (COMOG), the Office of the Chief Imam, Christian and Traditional religious bodies have shown support for the bill.
A section of the populace and international personalities have however called on Government to object to the passage of the bill.
Source: Opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini