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Ghana politician says Africa is under ‘satanic attack’ from gays
Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.
The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.
‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.
‘We don’t want a mustache man marrying another bearded man and it is the right of the children to call a man father and a woman mother. Children brought up in the other way will become what we call miscreants.’
‘The family is under satanic attack and we should take great care to protect it.
‘We Africans have certain values and our friends who want to remain our friends in the Western world must respect our values.’
Ocquaye claimed that British Prime Minister David Cameron had acknowledged that the family unit in Europe had been destroyed.
‘At least British recognizes it is in a serious crisis today because as they themselves say the family has broken down.’ Ocquaye said.
‘The family in Europe has broken down. Two years ago, the British Prime Minister himself made a public announcement of this.’
Ocquaye has previously claimed that African countries can resist gay rights by refusing to trade with the West because Africans import more goods than they export.
Televangelist also says: ‘In Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death’
27 MARCH 2014 | BY GREG HERNANDEZ
Televangelist Pat Robertson renewed his attack against gays this week when discussing a Colorado baker being sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
‘What would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death,’ Robertson said on his 700 Club television show. ‘So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there.’
He added: ‘But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is.
Robertson then went on to call gays the ‘oppressors’ against ‘people with religious views’ because of their increasingly successful fight for equality when it comes to marriage, the workplace and the military.
He also compared same-sex relationships to abortion because ‘both of them deny the reproduction of human species.’
Robertson, 84, has a long history of anti-gay comments.
Last summer he claimed that that gay men in San Francisco try and purposely spread AIDS by cutting people with a special ring when shaking hands.
He had previously spoken out against gay adults being involved in scouts and lumped them together with pedophiles. He also had claimed that gay people can change their orientation just as murderers, rapists and thieves can change, had said gays are ‘possessed,’ and that it is possible to ‘un-aquire gayness.’
Why don’t ‘moderate’ conservative Christians condemn religious extremists?
May 23, 2012
By: Robert Sobel
Many conservatives often vote against their economic best interests because of how they connect on a personal level with the candidates. Rick Santorum campaigned on conservative Christianity which often got him in trouble.Michele Bachmann has been one of the loudest voices for the conservative Evangelical Christian movement.
One of the biggest divides in the United States is over religion and religious freedom. On one hand you have conservative Christians who are quick to point out that the “liberal media” and secular Americans are trying to strip away their right to believe in their religion. One the other hand, you have other Americans who want to be left alone to believe what they want without the fear of persecution from people of faith. The rest of America is also divided, ranging from “moderate” Christians to people of other faiths like Judaism, Islam, Hindus as well as people of no religious faith at all. What has made the news lately are radical extreme Christian pastors who have spoken their mind without any opposition from the conservative Christian right.
The month of May has proven to show the dark side of evangelical Christianity. CBS points out that this past week, North Carolina pastor, Charles Worley took to his church pew to preach extreme hatred for gay and lesbians Americans with the hope that they will all die out.
“Build a great big, large fence…100 miles long, put all the lesbians in there, fly over and drop some food…Do the same thing with the queers and homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out and in a few years they will die out.”
According to a report from Think Progress, Worley has had a history of extreme rhetoric towards the LGBT community. In 1978, Worley was caught on tape stating that forty years prior, gays and lesbians would have been hung “from a white oak tree.” Also in North Carolina, Pastor Sean Harris was in the news in May when he advocated that parents beat their children if they suspect that they are gay.
“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.”
North Carolina also passed Amendment One earlier this month that not only bans same sex marriage in the state, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships. The outrage and fear over gay and lesbians is becoming worse than the fear agenda that has been pushed towards Muslims since the horrible attacks on 9/11. The radical religious extremism goes farther than two preaches and the state of North Carolina.
This past May, Wagoner High School in Oklahoma showed a video to their students that compared having an abortion to Hitler, Nazis and the treatment on Jews during the Holocaust. The film was given to the school by some local parents, but after fellow students and parents expressed disgust over the video, the film was confiscated and the school apologized.
The battle over abortion has become a major issue in the political landscape and the anti-choice agenda has been pushed and funded by the extreme fundamentalist Christian movement. With high profile preachers like Pat Robertson of the 700 Club and anti-choice and anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and NOM (National Organization for Marriage) pushing a certain agenda, the war against women and equality is at the forefront of American politics.
With these extreme groups and individuals making their opinions loud and clear, a certain question needs to be asked. Christians and other religious Americans who consider themselves “moderate,” are often too quiet when these extreme groups make the headlines with hate and intolerance. While there are often a small group of religious Americans voicing their opposition, not enough do so to make enough noise to change the direction of the issues.
The Republican party and their conservative Christian base don’t always speak as clearly as Pastor Harris and Worley, but their silence does just as much damage. It’s possible to hold a certain position in your political and religious ideology without damaging the lives of others. If the United States is going to move forward in a direction that includes equality for all Americans, people of faith need to speak up when clear ignorance, intolerance and bigotry are being unleashed right in front of their eyes.
The Meenister’s Log
A right-wing pastor has come to Chick-fil-A’s defense, not only applauding the Atlanta-based fast food company for its anti-gay stance but also claiming that same-sex marriage brought about the great flood referenced in the biblical narrative of Noah’s ark.
Aaron Fruh, a pastor at Knollwood Church in Mobile, Ala., spoke out against marriage equality on American Family Radio, challenging listeners to “find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment [of same-sex marriage] and lived to tell about it, they’ve all been destroyed,” according to Right Wing Watch.
Identifying the “society just prior to the flood of Noah” as the only one prior to the present to offer same-sex marriage, Fruh went on to note, “God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that’s why he brought the flood.”
Like former GOP candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Fruh also defended Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy’s controversial Baptist Press and “Ken Coleman Show” remarks, which have since been condemned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates nationwide.
“As Dan Cathy said, we’re shaking our fist in the face of God,” Fruh said.
((When the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2008, one rabbi claimed that the sin of homosexuality is so egregious that it caused God in the times of Noah “to annihilate the world and start from the beginning.”)