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The state-owned Ghanaian Times has warned its readers of an international conspiracy, aiming to push foreign values, and gay rights onto the people of Ghana.

The disturbing editorial, published by the newspaper, claimed it was aware of “the covert and overt attempts to impose on Ghana certain alien and unacceptable values that are not in tune with our socio-cultural values and religious beliefs.”

The editorial further explained that the values being referred to were a “ferocious attempt to influence Ghana to change our laws to contain the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.”


Claiming an “international conspiracy to impose foreign bisexual orientation into our social and cultural values was given prominence at the just ended Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London,” the newspaper referenced British Prime Minister Theresa May’s apology for her nation’s role in introducing anti-gay laws in many of its former colonies, and called for these laws to be repealed.

The newspaper further described the push for LGBTI equality as a “tendency toward neocolonialism,” and said that while it respects the “fundamental human rights of every human being”… “we are equally against LGBT rights and we at the Ghanaian Times will strongly support moves to reject the imposition of any foreign values on our country.”

The Times elaborated further applauding President Nana Akufo-Addo, lawmakers and advocacy groups who have stated their opposition to LGBTI equality.

“We must all unite to keep at bay this ferocious attempt to debase our cultural values. Insofar as a tiny minority has the right to pursue its own ‘physiological disabilities’, it also behooves us to protect the sanctity of divinity and the decency of the human race,” said the newspaper.

Consensual male homosexuality, which is described as “unnatural carnal knowledge”, is illegal in Ghana, with penalties including three years’ imprisonment.

Last Updated on May 29, 2018

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