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Ghana is not a secular state

MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George
MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George

Sam George, one of the Members of Parliament (MP) sponsoring the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, is still at sea as to why people think the bill will criminalise homosexuality.

According to him, Ghana is not a secular state, hence, all the bill is seeking to do is to “promote proper human sexual rights and Ghanaian family values.”

The Ningo Prampram legislator made these remarks when he appeared together with his colleague sponsors before the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Monday.

This was at a time the committee tasked to probe memoranda submitted on the bill resumed its public hearing on the bill following a temporal suspension on November 11.

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Over 140 memos have been presented to the Committee so far regarding the Bill.

The Bill, if passed in its current state, will criminalise Lesbianism, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and their related activities.

Though he admitted Ghana accepts different religions, he was quick to add the national anthem among other things indicate God is at the centre of the nation.

“We are very confident that Ghana is not a secular state; Ghana is a pluralistically religious state and we cannot allow homosexual activities.

“Mr Chairman, before we started this meeting you asked for prayer either a Christian, Muslim or Traditionalist prayer we accept different religions but we are a nation that respects God and He has a place in our nation.

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“Our national anthem is a prayer that starts with God so nobody should call us a secular state,” he stated.

He further argued the legislators sponsoring the bill are only offering protection and support to the vulnerable and economically disadvantaged for victims of homosexuality.

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