LGBTQ+ SAGA: Jesus Did Not Come For The Righteous – Akoto Ampaw Tells Critics


Lawyer Akoto Ampaw, a member of the bloc of academics and jurists who oppose the anti-LGBTQ + bill, has said that the position of religious institutions on the matter is a departure from what, in his opinion, the teachings of their respective religions.

According to him, at the heart of the concept of Christianity and Islam is the show of love and compassion for sinners in order to attract them to God and that the position of the two religions with respect to the bill is a betrayal.

He also claimed that, with their broad reach, religious institutions are better equipped to positively influence gay behavior in the country, so relinquishing that responsibility to the government is a sign of failure.

Akoto Ampaw said that he does not believe that religious beliefs have anything to do with the ongoing debate on the bill. He alleged that the eighteen members who have demonstrated against the bill have been subjected to threats and “curses” by religious groups.

“We have become targets. People are swearing that God will punish us and that we will die and so on and so forth. Why do we want to have a society where we are promoting hate for our neighbors? Is that Christian or Islamic?

“My point here is that first of all, this is not a religious matter. Secondly, even for those who want to push the religious agenda, Christ did not come for the righteous, he came for the sinners. So even from that perspective, there must be humility and compassion for the sinner.

“Our point here is that for the religious groups to be pushing for the passing of this law is a clear admission of their failure. Because if they were focused on the work of their religion as they should … They are more focused and spread all over Ghana. If you go to a village there are about ten different churches or mosques. ”

He also dismissed claims that his position on the matter is influenced by some monetary gains from pro-LGBTQ + institutions.

“Anybody who really knows me knows that I am not a pimp. I do not take money to carry out other people’s agendas. I fight for principle. I do not depend on anybody to make my living. So let us be clear, much more foreign forces. I have all my life fought for the independence and sovereignty of Ghana.

“It is ridiculous for people to be suggesting that we have gone and collected money in order to promote this fight,” he said.

Promoters Of The Anti-LGBTQ + Bill

The LGBTQ+ Bill before Parliament is titled: “The Promotion of Proper S3xual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021.” It is a Private Members’ Bill sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The eight MPs who sponsored the bill are Sam Nartey George (MP, Ningo Prampram), Emmanuel Bedzrah (MP, Ho West), Della Adjoa Sowah (MP, Kpando), John Ntim Fordjour (MP, Assin South), the sole PNP deputy sponsoring the bill.

The remaining sponsors are Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini (MP, Tamale North), Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP, Krachi West), Rita Naa Odoley Sowah (MP, La Dadekotopon), and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor (MP, South Dayi).

Tone Down On Your Language And Personal Attacks

Former Attorney General Nii Ayikoi Otoo has advised Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George, to avoid personal attacks and insults in his defense of the anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bis3xual, Transgender, and Queer bill ( LGBTQ +).

Nii Ayikoi Otoo made the observation on GTV after Sam George criticized members of the coalition against the bill for being patronizing and not understanding the details of the bill.

Ayikoi Otoo, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, said such comments do not elevate the conversation about the bill to where it should be. He urged decorum and mutual respect on both sides of the speech and called for calm while expressing the belief that Parliament will eventually pass the bill.

“I would advise Sam George to tone down on his language because once you say somebody is lying, you’ve attacked the person’s integrity. Once that happens, the person would have to react and it leads to all kinds of comments. Please let’s tone down on the personal attacks,” he said.

“I’m satisfied in my mind that all the professors are only looking at s3xuality in terms of gayism. They have not really looked at what the other aspect of the LGTBQI+ means. In my view, they are only relegating everything to the fact that this is a s3xual act and that they think it’s private. This is where I have a problem with them.

“What human right do we have about this. We are talking about cultural practices. These are things that people have embraced in their own countries and want to force it. I just came back from Canada and based on the things they are doing, children are born now and you don’t know which gender to give to them. We all agree that s3x is a private matter between two consenting adults and can take place anywhere but these other things that have been added on are what the bill is dealing with,” he said.

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