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09.05.2021 Feature Article

All students in Ghana must be allowed to enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights - including practising their religious beliefs peacefully

All students in Ghana must be allowed to enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights - including practising their religious beliefs peacefully
LISTEN MAY 9, 2021

The Christian Council of Ghana, and the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference, are very respectable and reputable organisations in Ghana. Over the years, their wisdom and patriotism, have led to members of the two religious bodies expressing their concerns, publicly, whenever challenging societal issues, have cropped up.

Ghana is one of the few nations in the world, in which Christians and Moslems coexist peacefully, and even intermarry regularly. Long may that be the case - as Ghana's 4th Republican Constitution, guarantees all Ghanaians the right to freely practice their religious beliefs.

As we speak, Islamic terrorism is wreaking havoc, in sister West African nations, such as Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria. It is vital, therefore, that everything possible is done by Ghanaian society, to ensure that our nation's Moslem youth aren't radicalized under any circumstances.

That is why, at a time when Islamicist-terrorism's tentacles, are now spread across all the world's seven continents, it is important that the Christian Council of Ghana, and the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference, rethink their views on the controversial issue of permitting Moslem students, in Christian educational institutions, to fast, during Ramadan.

The issue is causing anguish in many Moslem communities nationwide. No question.

In light of that development, with the greatest respect, it ought to be pointed out clearly to the Christian Council of Ghana, and the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference, that they definitely need to revise their notes on the issue of fasting by Muslim students, in Ghana's Christian educational institutions.

There are many discerning and fair-minded Christians, across our homeland Ghana, who consider the current position of the two bodies, as unfair, unfortunate, and no longer tenable, in a sub-continent plagued by ruthless Islamicist terrorist organisations, such as Boko Haram.

The time has now come for all educational institutions in Ghana, to ensure that students in our nation, are free to enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed right, to practice their religious beliefs, peacefully.

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