Mon, 10 Jul 2023 Feature Article

Ghana’s’ Lgbt Movement Targeting The Youth In Schools

Ghanas Lgbt Movement Targeting The Youth In Schools

The longer time members of parliament take in passing a Bill on LGBTQ in Ghana the greater risk the youth in our academic institutions face.

With their backs virtually to the wall because of the momentum the Anti-LGBTQ front is gathering thereby slowing down membership of LGBTQ, the movement has shifted its focus to Senior High Schools. This is worrying because of the vulnerability of many students at that level of education.

Faced with this dilemma as a nation one is wondering why it is taking our legislators so much time to work on the bill pass it and quickly deposit it on the table of President Nana Akufo Addo who has openly promised to sign it into law? Interestingly, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has assured Ghanaians that there was nothing the president can do to prevent the Bill from going through the parliamentary procedure.

We thank former speaker Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye and the current speaker for their Zero Tolerance of LGBTQ rights. Speaker Bagbin has boldly become an Anti-LGBT advocate who ceases every opportunity to declare his personal stance against LGBTQ rights. This is the stage we have reached where those who are gearing up as possible flag bearers of their political parties ought to stand up and be counted.

As it is done in other jurisdictions presidential and parliamentary primaries of the political parties for the 2024 elections could have been tied to the views of politicians on LGBTQ rights. That also would have been a fine opportunity for the electorate to know and choose whoever they want to represent them at the Jubilee House or and in Parliament.

With the NDC having chosen their parliamentary candidates in May we are now left with the NPP primaries slated for February 24, 2024 and the presidential primaries. Delegates especially those who are parents from the various political parties and the entire voting public should by now know the pro-LGBTQ politicians and the Anti-LGBTQ politicians who would rule them for the next four years.

As the Bill delays in parliament LGBTQ advocates and clandestine organizations are vigorously infiltrating into our academic institutions especially the Senior High Schools and stubbornly dragging children into their nets with financial inducements. If we are not careful by the time parliament passes the Bill, the LGBTQ vampires would have literally sucked the blood of many children in the schools. Obviously that would be too much a price to pay.

While praising the Akufo Addo administration for increasing the total number of senior high school students from the inception of the Free Senior High School Policy in 2017/2018 academic year from 900,000 to 1.3 million in 2023, there is a group of Ghanaians who are introducing these innocent children to the evil practice of homosexuality. The plain truth is that LGBTQ is just a polished word for homosexuality so as to make it attractive to the unsuspecting segments of society.

What is disheartening is the involvement of some teachers even including certain headmasters and headmistresses who are paid agents of the LGBTQ movement in the country. Their fellow teachers know them and must speak out.

For those who claim LGBTQ is a human right and therefore a freedom which should be defended, why don’t they start teaching their own children at home that this a better lifestyle? Unashamedly, the proponents of this right are reducing the argument into hatred against the LGBTQ community! Now if they think they have become advocates they should listen to Visiting Professor of Law Ratna Kapur at the Queen Mary University of London in an article published in The Conversation of September 17, 2018 titled :There’s a problem with the LGBT rights movement--it’s limiting freedom. The professor says that “There is a growing academic field of criticism of the human rights agenda that points to how the promise of freedom through human rights often remains unrealized. The accumulation of more rights has not necessarily resulted in more equality or more freedom, despite decades of activism and advocacy.”

Again for those who are already lacing their boots to challenge the Ghanaian LGBTQ Bill when it is finally passed Professor Kapur has this advice, “In many countries where homosexuality has been decriminalized, LGBT advocacy has focused its attentions on the demand for same-sex marriage laws, legal adoption, parenthood, and further down that road, rights to divorce and custody. The global LGBT human rights movement, in other words, has directed its energies at legal inclusion and the bestowal of equal rights on stigmatised sexual groups.” Continuing she says, “This suggests that the end goal for all LGBT people remains the pursuit of aspirations sanctioned by a heterosexual regime. This implies that to feel treated as normal, equal, and to achieve a stable sense of social belonging, heterosexual norms are sought out. In this way, same-sex marriage becomes the ultimate validation of LGBT advocacy.

This urge for assimilation into arrangements such as marriage and the right to have children are, in some ways, problematic. These pursuits prompt several questions. Is it necessarily true, say, that these new rights have produced more freedom for all members of these once marginalized and maligned sexual minorities? I’m not so sure.”

She then poses a very important question to those crying all over the place for freedom, “This urge for assimilation into arrangements such as marriage and the right to have children are, in some ways, problematic. These pursuits prompt several questions. Is it necessarily true, say, that these new rights have produced more freedom for all members of these once marginalised and maligned sexual minorities? I’m not so sure. Can true freedom and humanity be acquired through the mimicking of heterosexual lives? And do heterosexuals think their lives are worth mimicking, given how marriage has become increasingly unappealing and replaced by less formal arrangements?”

Profeassor Ratna Kapur thinks that the LGBTQ movement in their fight for freedom are selfishly limiting the freedom of others so she concludes, “A closer scrutiny of human rights interventions, then, reveals how they not only incorporate LGBT people into a dominant sexual, gender and cultural order, but also can end up reinforcing a neo-imperial, racist and often militaristic project. In this view, human rights can be considered to be a regulatory and governance endeavour that produces a “tolerable homosexual” rather than a project that moves in the direction of lasting freedom or bringing about a radical transformation of the sexual order.

There is a need to reflect on other alternative modes of living. Exploring indigenous or unconventional ways of living that demonstrate the rich and varied ways in which marginalised religious, sexual and racial subgroups have lived and experienced freedom can provide human rights with a more expansive understanding of freedom.

Such alternatives might include the example of the 14th century female Sufi mystic and poet Lal Ded, who turned away from marriage and procreation to search for unconditional love and freedom through a spiritual quest. Or adherents of the Islamic veil, some of whom see the veil as integrally connected to an inner journey to greater self-awareness in all areas of life and piety. Such explorations open up the possibility of seeking freedom beyond the mainstream and keeping alive the promise of human rights as radical tools of transformation.”

Even though government has provided most needs of the SHS students what we tend to gloss over is that there are many students from poor homes who wouldn’t be in school today but for this golden opportunity to further their studies.. The paid teachers know the backgrounds of these vulnerable students. Therefore, they lure them into the dirty and sinful act.

We have said severally that our schools especially the boarding schools are breeding places for gayism and lesbianism. Normally parents would entrust the welfare of their children to teachers believing that they are in safe hands but that is when and where the luring starts.

Pornography is a simple way adults have cunningly devised to introducing students to homosexuality. If a teacher succeeds in exposing one or two students to it through indoctrination, he/she encourages them to win other students with financial motivation.

According to experts, the consequences of exposure to pornography at a very young age could have far-reaching impacting, emotional and psychological effects on them and harden them to also spread it among other children. This is why parents should take immediate steps to mitigate these risks on their children.

The plight of day students is unimaginable. For those who live in hostels without any supervision they are easy targets of the perpetrators.

Parents and guardians in denial of the harm these adults are causing their children are indirectly facilitating the work of perpetrators. This is because they assume that the children are coming from good religious and stable financial backgrounds. On the contrary their attitudes are energizing the monetary thirst of agents.

We entrust our children into the hands of adults and we expect them to act responsibly in training them to become better persons after school. Sadly it is some of these teachers who are lubricants in the wheels of the LGBTQ engine.

Parent/Teacher Associations must have a good monitoring system to identify erring teachers and students so that the necessary disciplinary actions could be taken against them in a very swift but fair manner with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service. Teacher and Worker Unions in the senior high schools should also play vital roles in ensuring that this cancerous phenomenon is drastically prevented from spreading in our schools. .

Above all, we need devoted and professional police officers as well as courageous and open-minded judges to deal effectively and efficiently with cases when this bill is passed into law.

Ghana must protect the welfare of its children.