Yes. In Ghana, apparently, it is okay for a Member of Parliament to not so subtly hint that gay Ghanaians should be killed. And, not by the law, as dear David Bahati suggested, but by the crudest of methods. Mob justice.
Of course Bahati is a Christian who does not believe in 'Mob justice'. But, what of judicial hanging.. that is another issue... LOL
The MP from Ghana believes bluntly, that he can call in a more subtle way, for 'death to the homosexual' and through lynching by the general public. Uh, I know, for those who do know that we homos are a minority, I have to clarify that it is 'death to the homosexual suspect'.... because, a suspected homosexual is not a homosexual... LOL, the tar brush.
For one who is not used to this, it is dear old 'lynching' where a member of the public is quickly declared a menace to society, and, on evidence of the court of public opinion, is killed. There and then. By the enraged members of public.
Of course, you can start pointing at the glaring holes in that logic, but, this member of Ghana's parliament sees it fit. He believes that homosexuality is a foreign import... , and Ghana as a Christian (yep, another 'foreign' import) nation, cannot accept it. So, homosexuals should be lynched.
Hey, you are thinking, this is June 2011. Surely gug has gone off his usually stupid brains? No, friend. I am so not joking... Here are excerpts from the article.
A senior member of Parliament has warned that the homosexual community in Ghana may soon be at the receiving end of mounting public anger in the form of physical attacks and outright death if they do not stop what he calls their evil deeds.
The NDC MP for Shai Osu Doku, Hon David Tetteh Assuming, said he is disgusted at the campaigns being led by respected senior citizens seeking respect and tolerance for gay and lesbian rights.
In an interview with Citi News' Parliamentary Correspondent, Richard Sky, Hon. Assuming said homosexuals operating in the country may have to relocate outside Ghana before the growing public outrage against them degenerates into systematic moves to eliminate them one after the other.
"You cannot trace this act to any of the settings in Ghana. So this is foreign and I am I saying that Ghanaians cherish our culture a lot so for anybody to adulterate the cultural setting in Ghana as far as this act is concerned, I have the fear that people could take the law into their hands in future and deal with this people drastically.
"We have been seeing the situation where people take the law into their hands to lynch armed robbers. They call it mob action. And so since this has been happening and the law cannot take hold of this people, then I believe that the same thing could be directed to them".
"So I am sending a sign to these people that they will not have it easy in this country. They can leave here and go to other places to practice that. But in this country, I believe that they are treading on dangerous grounds and they could face lynching in future" he noted.
The Legislator said issues of human rights cannot justify the practice of homosexuality in Ghana, which he according to him, could incur the wrath of God on a "God-fearing nation" like Ghana.
"Being a God-fearing nation and a God-fearing people, let us not joke with this issue and let us not talk about any issue of human rights. This is uncultured, anti-Ghanaian and if care is not taken, these people will face a very tough time in future" he noted.
He said the excuse that Ghana's laws are not very clear on what constitutes homosexuality and the sanctions that should be meted out to such offenders was a non-starter, since no law is framed in a straightjacket.
"There is no law that is water-tight in this country. In every law, there could be some loopholes. But this is not the case where somebody will hide to commit this act. No matter what law we have in place, this one is an unwritten law. This act is abominable, it is not practised in Ghana and anybody who tries to introduce it in this country will not succeed. It has started in Kenya where people are being lynched".
Hon. Assuming called on the Police to be more proactive in raiding suspected homosexual joints, believed to be dotted across the country.
And, yes. He is a Seniour Member of Parliament.
And, for journalistic ethics, the editors felt that that call was very ok to publish... LOL. Nothing less or more than a call for some Ghanaian citizens to be killed extra judicially, simply because they are suspected of being gay. Witchhunt, anyone?
The many deities help Mama Africa and her gay sons and daughters in Ghana.