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12.07.2004 General News

Pastor Against Christian Burial For AIDS Victims

By GHANAIAN TIMES

The head of the Asuogyaman district Apostolic Church of Ghana, the Reverend Samuel Kofi Adjei, has suggested that no church member who dies of AIDS should be accorded a Christian burial, because it would be a disgrace to the church.

He said the use of condoms, which was supposed to protect people against sexually transmitted diseases, had instead increased immorality among Christians, particularly the youth.

Rev Adjei was speaking at the end of a four-day convention for women members of the church, which was held recently at the Atimpoku, in the Asuogyaman District, it had the theme “Do what is just”.

He added that, the spread of the HIV pandemic in Ghana could be blamed on those Christians who had set aside their Christian beliefs and were indulging in fornication and other anti-social behaviours.

Rev. Adjei said that the failure by some religious leaders to reprimand the wrongdoers amongst their church members, for fear that they might leave the congregation, was one of the factors contributing to the increase in anti-social behaviours.

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