22 July 2011

Ghana is reportedly staging mass arrests of homosexuals

If this article is accurate, it appears that Ghana's government is taking notes from the Inquisition, colonial-era witch hunts, and fascism:
Ghana’s Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered the immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the country’s west.

Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.
Never mind everything that's wrong with arresting adults for consensual relations with other adults; encouraging citizens to rat each other out like this will create an environment of fear among the people there. Will a quarrel with a neighbor lead him to accuse you of homosexuality? Should you accuse him first out of self-preservation?

They won't notice it coming until the undesirables are all gone and they have no one left to despise but each other.

While looking for other articles on this matter (I tend to be skeptical of stories that can only be traced back to a single news source), I stumbled across this opinion piece:
Ghanaians are first and foremost Afrikan people and must be proud and respect their Afrikan culture and value systems AND MUST NOT allow themselves to be hoodwinked into accepting something that is alien to their culture and value systems.
I've seen this kind of rhetoric before, and not just from the Christian and Muslim hardliners. Even African-American atheists have promoted this view that tolerance of homosexuality is an affront to the "Afrikan" way of life.

Sorry, but human rights aren't culturally relative. Celebrate your heritage all you like, but your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of another person's nose.

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