Oh wow, nasty stuff.
A new policy against gay individuals in Ghana, and this is feeding the flames of religious intolerance by demanding that people inform on others so that they can "get rid of these people in the society."
An example of the level of intolerance being whipped up is shown in this article.
The first sentence being "Whatever human rights activists say, same sex relationship can never ever be natural."
As posted in my previous blog entry, what isn't natural about homosexuality? Other animals, including other primates, engage in same sex sexual relationships, some for part of their lives and other for the their duration. It is not unnatural.
"That is why this society should work towards making same sex relationship unacceptable. It perverts the body, which is the temple of God. “It is an abomination in the eyes of God, and also contributes to the growing rate of sexually-transmitted diseases,” Rev. Fred Deegbe, President of the Christian Council of Ghana, said at a press conference called by the council to draw attention to the dangers posed by same sex relationship."
Now, it may well be against the laws laid down by a deity, and certainly the calls for the religious groups in the region to take actions are likely to incite a religious vendetta, despite the claims of the final paragraph.
”The Chronicle hopes the authorities would not take advantage of the anti-homo sexual sentiments in society to pursue a witch-hunting agenda. We can pursue the cause of eliminating this society of the scourge of gay and lesbian activities, without being vindictive."
More detail of the situation and the actual statements made can be found here
I hope that the situation does not turn out to be as bad as it looks like it might at present.
It is not surprising. It really isn't. I find myself further disappointed by the discrimination that occurs towards LGBT individuals.
Pharyngula has a recent post (silly_gay_people_don't_you_know......) about two specific instances in different states, details in the link (including links to the original articles). It looks like one situation can be addressed legally while other can't, simply because of the different laws about discrimination over sexual identity that each state has. Should this not be implemented at the federal level?
This is why there is still a fight for LGBT recognition and equal treatment under US law. Because of cases highlighted above, both of which had a religious "reasoning" behind the discrimination.
Gay Pride meetings happen across the USA. The San Francisco Gay pride parade is happening next weekend http://www.sfpride.org/ and there is also an atheist meet-up planned for the parade http://www.meetup.com/atheists-561/events/20291851/, details of which were sent to me by Allen Barth (-thanks). More support and voices are needed to end this type of them and us thinking.
Marriage laws across the USA.
These images (with recent updates) highlight the unequal distribution of laws surrounding same-sex relationships (from http://commons.wikimedia.org/).
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!