General News of Friday, 24 February 2017
Host of NEAT FM’s morning show, Kwesi Aboagye had the toughest time controlling Law lecturer, Moses Foh-Amoaning and Mr. George Aggrey, Board Chairman of Amnesty International Ghana during a telephone interview on whether Ghana should or should not accept homophile practice.
Both resource persons held different views on the subject – however, their heated argument led to some personal attacks during the live interview on NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’.
Mr. George Aggrey who failed to openly dismiss claims regarding his alleged status as a homosexual was described by the renowned lawyer as a disgrace to his entire family – a comment the Human Rights Group, Amnesty board chairman did not take lightly.
“You are a grown up person, were you taught by your parents to have sex through your anus? Are you gay? Do you have sex through your anus? Why are you lying to Ghanaians that homosexuality is good?” Moses Foh-Amoaning quizzed but was not answered.
Genesis of the gay issue
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye when addressing some members of the Royal House Chapel on Monday, February 20, 2017, called for the amendment of the country’s laws to completely ban homosexuality and make it illegal.
He described homosexuality as despicable and against the country’s culture which cannot be accepted.
He said: “It is unfortunate that people have become so liberal that they will want to liberalise Christianity…even priests are approving of homosexuality and allowing a man and a man [to] marry, a woman and a woman [to] marry and these are manifest abominations.”
“I trust that with your kind of insistence, the Parliament of Ghana…will find its way clear in strengthening the laws to ban homosexuality as they exist. As for this, may God forbid that it becomes a Ghanaian culture,” he added.
Amnesty stance on gay issues
The Human Rights Group, upon the Speaker’s call, launched a strong resistance against the amendment of the country’s laws to completely ban homosexuality and make it illegal.
According to the group’s board chairman, Mr. George Aggrey, it will be ‘dangerous’ and tendency of infringing the fundamental and universal rights of those engaged in homosexuality.
“Everyone has their freedom and rights and must not be shattered by any law. Our position is that it is a right for every individual to practice what they want. If the person thinks homosexuality is good, allow the person to practice it. That is their right,” he said.
“If our culture is against gayism, then we must educate our children when they are young to abstain. If the person is above 18, then you can’t force the person to stop that in any way. There’s no law in Ghana that is against homosexuality, there is no law,” he noted.
Lawyer Foh-Amoaning’s position
The law lecturer, however, schooled Mr. Aggrey that “There are laws in Ghana and homosexuality is not accepted in our culture. Inasmuch as we have our rights, we don’t have the right to do everything. Can I have sex with my mother because I have my right? Mr Aggrey, you are a disgrace to your own family.”
“Mr. Aggrey is a homosexual and lying to Ghanaians. I am putting it to you [Aggrey] that you are practising gayism. You are a disgrace to your family. How can you admit anal sex is a right,” he charged.