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In Ghana, Rowan reaps

In Ghana, Rowan reaps

Just when you thought gay bashing in the Anglican Communion would take a holiday, in spite of the failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury to show by word and example that gays are deserving of the same rights as all human beings, it reappears. Destination? Ghana. Not surprisingly, Anglican bishops are involved.

Christian Leaders Warn Politicians Over Gays – Ghana mma

“We call on all Christians to vote against politicians who promote and support homosexuality,” the Christian and Pentecostal Councils of Ghana jointly issued the threats in Accra yesterday.

The debate about whether homosexuality and lesbianism should be legalized in Ghana is arousing public sentiments, particularly among the clergy, who are coming out strongly to condemn the act.

At a well-attended news conference at the Christian Council Headquarters in Accra on Monday, Reverend Dr. Fred Deegbe, General Secretary of the council who read the statement, said, “We Ghanaians and for that matter Africans cherish our rich and strong values on issues such as homosexuality and we must not allow anyone or group of people to impose what is acceptable in their culture on us in the name of human rights.”

Rt. Rev. Matthias Modedues-Badohu, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church and Bishop of Ho, said, “We speak against acts that go against the word of God. It is abnormal and not good. Our objective is to condemn it so that people will not get involved.”

Emphasis added. Has the bishop let ACNS know of this movement?

More:

Government Minister orders arrest of all homosexuals – Joy FM

The Western Region Minister Paul Evans Aidoo has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the region.

He has tasked the Bureau of National Investigations and all security agencies to smoke out persons suspected to be engaging in same sex.

He also enlisted the services of landlords and tenants to provide reliable information which will lead to the arrest of homosexuals.

His directive follows months of campaigns against the practice of homosexuality in the country.

Only yesterday, the Christian Council of Ghana capped months of protestations against the practice of homosexuality with a strongly worded message against the practice and courting Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.

The audio is pretty spooky.

Hat tip to Box Turtle Bulletin for the second link. There’s more at BTB.

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Jim Naughton

Bishop Modedues-Badohu is indeed an Anglican. He leads the Diocese of Ho.

http://www.anglicancommunion.org/tour/diocese.cfm?Idind=769&view=alpha

Jesse Zink

[The post is correct. Matthias is indeed the Bishop of Ho in the Anglican Communion. as the link at “Rt. Rev. Matthias Modedues-Badohu, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church and Bishop of Ho” shows. – ed.]

I’m a little confused here. It’s my understanding that Ghana is part of the province of West Africa. The primate is Justice Akrofi – http://www.anglicancommunion.org/tour/diocese.cfm?Idind=728. Who is this Bishop Matthias? Anyone know anything about him?

There are several “Anglican” churches around the world not recognized by Canterbury as being part of the Anglican Communion. Off the top of my head, I can think of ones in Sudan, South Africa, and the U.S. Perhaps this is one in Ghana?

On another note, I find the presence of the Pentecostals very significant. In my time with the church in Nigeria, I found it very important to understand the influence of Pentecostals on the Anglicans’ position on homosexuality – http://jessezink.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/what-is-peter-akinola-afraid-of/.

Jesse Zink

Gregory Orloff

How bizarre…

Jesus the Christ stood up to a mob that, driven by religion and morality, was bent on stoning a sinner to death, telling them, “Let whoever is sinless among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” On those terms, none could, John 8:1-11 tells us.

Yet so many who call themselves followers of Jesus the Christ nowadays seem bent on stirring up that mob and throwing as many stones (physical, social, legislative and penal) as possible to cause pain, humiliation and death in the name of “religion” and “morality”!

“Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” he asks today’s “Christians” (Luke 6:46). Or as one might justly paraphrase it: “Why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!” when you don’t do as I did?”

Ah, Bishop Modedues-Badohu might counter, it’s all about taking a stand “against acts that go against the word of God.” Well, the “word of God” calls for the execution of those who work on Saturdays and forbids wearing two differnt fabrics at the same time, among many other things (see Exodus 31:15 and Leviticus 19:19, for starters). In the interest of consistency and integrity, will the good bishop also call for legal and penal action against these violations of “the word of God”?

There’s a big difference between being a “Biblian” and a “Christian.” Jesus the Christ is Lord even of the Bible. If not read through and measured against him, it can cause great harm and destruction, contrary to what God has revealed of himself and his will in Christ Jesus.

tgflux

Our objective is to condemn it so that people will not get involved.

Yes, “Bishop of Ho” (Does that make ACNA the j**n? O_o), “involvement” in homosexuality is merely dependent on whether the dog-collar’d fist-pound or not.

{sarcasm/Off}

This is so sad. What say you, Rowan?

JC Fisher

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