Just identifying as gay could send people to prison for up to five years. Advocacy for LGBTQ rights could land someone in prison for up to ten years!
NBC News is reporting
Same-sex conduct is already a crime in the West African country, with violators facing a three-year sentence, but the new Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill seeks to criminalize identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, nonbinary, queer, an ally “or any other sexual or gender identity that is contrary to the binary categories of male and female,” according to a version of the bill leaked online.
“Brian S. Brown is a Catholic extremist and often a proxy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
Rightify Ghana, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, claims that the measure has been “imported” into Ghana by the World Congress of Families which, along with International Organization for the Family, are assumed names for Howard Center For Family Religion and Society. The entire operation is deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
NBC News asked Brian S. Brown if World Congress of Families was involved in the Ghanian legislation. Brown refused to answer. Instead Brown spouted some bigoted gibberish about a “neo-colonial movement to turn Africa into a carbon-copy of San Francisco.”
If there is a choice — and I say “if” — then that would be between influencing other nations to embrace religious dogma or human rights. Christian extremism is probably responsible for more deaths and misery than any other force of man or nature. Human rights should be the obvious choice.
“Brown is intent on imposing his ideology throughout the Third World.”
The Howard Center organizations were originally created at the urging of Russian oligarchs, some of whom are sanctioned by the United States for arms dealing. It continues to be funded “off the books” by right wing European sources including Russian organizations and organizations supported by Hungry’s dictator, Viktor Orban and his political party, Fidesz.
Brian S. Brown is a Catholic extremist and often a proxy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He believes that gay people are “objectively disordered” and transgender persons don’t really exist; they are just confused people who have made very bad decisions.
Brown is intent on imposing his ideology throughout the Third World. Aside from the obvious human rights issue, this measure could deter citizens of Ghana from getting AIDS tests and treatment (although HIV is a largely heterosexual matter throughout Africa).
“People like Brian S. Brown are directly responsible for violence and deaths.”
Moreover, perceived LGBTQ persons have been subjected to substantial violence throughout the country. Beatings and torture are common. In one incident a hate gang threw boiling water on the face of a man believed to be gay.
Laws like this serve to justify the violence that will undoubtedly increase. Furthermore, the measure will pit neighbors against each other because citizens are encouraged to turn in people whom they believe are LGBTQ.
That’s right. People like Brian S. Brown are directly responsible for violence and deaths. Brown has blood on his hands.
Brown is not alone. Conservative Christians have been meddling in the continent for decades. Conservative Christian whack job, Scott Lively, helped draft Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, which called for the death penalty for gay people who were “repeat offenders.”
Ghana has a population of about 32 million people. According to the CIA they are Christian 71.2% (Pentecostal/Charismatic 28.3%, Protestant 18.4%, Catholic 13.1%, other 11.4%), Muslim 17.6%, traditional 5.2%, other 0.8%, none 5.2% (2010 est.)