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LGBTQ+ is a Religion, Says Head of Assemblies of God Church in Ghana

Although President Akufo-Addo has said he is going to hold on signing it into law until lawsuits challenging the bill's constitutionality are resolved, the Christian community seems not to agree.

The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, Rev Dr Stephen Yenusom Wengam, has likened LGBTQ+ practices to a pervasive religious movement, saying that Christians must counteract its influence.

“The LGBTQ+ is a religion. That thing is a religion; if not, why are you forcing the whole world to bow to your god? And for me, we need believers to break through. These guys; they’ve taken over the whole world,” the clergyman is quoted to have said by state publication, Graphic Online.

The recent debate and division over LGBTQ practices stem from a bill passed by Parliament last month. The text seeks to criminalise persons who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those who promote or support queer activities.

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Although President Akufo-Addo has said he is going to hold on signing it into law until lawsuits challenging the bill’s constitutionality are resolved, the Christian community seems to be sending more pressure his way. Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops Conference warned that Nana Akufo-Addo’s party could lose the December elections if he fails to sign it into law.

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“From the beginning of this bill, the Church has been part of the process. We gave our opinions and everything to the committee that worked on it and we still continue to speak on it. So when he fails to assent [to the bill], the Church will speak and give its opinion on what he has done. They themselves know that if the president fails to sign, they know the consequences,” General Secretary of the clergymen, Reverend Father Clement Kwasi Adjei said.

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