On Wednesday, African Christians were denounced in a story by the Associated Press for opposing same-sex marriages.
While in the West, prominent Protestant churches “have been vocal advocates for same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights,” writes AP, with “only a few exceptions, this hasn’t happened in Africa, where Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran leaders are among those opposing such inclusion.”
For instance, in Ghana, “leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a ‘perversion,'” while endorsing anti-LGBTQ legislation. The article stated a close position to Christian denominations around the continent.
Overwhelmingly, African Christians oppose gay marriage and often call Westerners attempts to pressure them to accept it as “cultural imperialism” and “ideological neocolonization.”
Nigerian biologist and human rights activist Obianuju Ekeocha dedicated an entire chapter in her book Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonization in the 21st Century to attempts by Western “cultural imperialists who consider themselves ‘our betters'” to impose a pro-homosexual agenda on Africa.
When progressive Westerners “tout the merits of cultural diversity, they mean native languages, food, clothing, music, and dance,” Ekeocha wrote, but “their tolerance of African cultural heritage does not extend to the deepest thoughts and convictions of Africans,” notably in their opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion.
“For Africans, ‘male’ and ‘female’ are not fluid concepts,” she asserted. “Sexual differentiation is not an open-ended consideration.”
To convince Africans “that marriage and sex are even possible between two women or two men would require destroying their language and their culture,” she continued. “Such an undertaking is exactly what homosexual activists are attempting in Africa.”
“African nations have been labeled as inherently homophobic by Western media,” she contended.
“But am I a hater for believing that a child should not be subjected to fatherlessness by the choice of two women?” she asked. “Am I a bigot for thinking that it is wrong for homosexuals to exploit poor women through surrogacy?”
“Africa’s refusal to surrender to the normalization of homosexuality is more adamant now than it has even been,” she insisted, “because the Western superpowers have rejected sexual differentiation and complementary, heterosexual marriage, and the traditional family as the cornerstone of their societies.”
In its criticism of African opposition to same-sex marriage, the AP article takes offense at legislation in Ghana called “Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021.”
“The bill has been denounced by human rights activists even as Ghanaian religious leaders rally behind it,” the article declares.
Ghana’s Catholic Bishop’s Conference (GCBC) fully supported the legislation last February, urging the government not to succumb to pressure to impose the LGBT agenda in the African country.
GCBC’s statement said that “the rights of homosexuals as persons do not include the right of a man to marry a man or of a woman to marry a woman. For the Church, this is morally wrong and goes against the purpose of marriage.”
The European Union “should not impose their so-called values and beliefs on Ghanaians who are against homosexuality,” adding that “the laws, values and cultural beliefs in Ghana do not allow for such practices,” read the statement, signed by the president of the bishops’ conference, Archbishop Philip Nameeh.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of Ghana, write to condemn all those who support the practice of homosexuality in Ghana,” Archbishop Nameeh stated. “We do this because the Roman Catholic Church is opposed to this abominable practice.”
The bishops urged “the Executive and the Legislature never to be cowed down or to succumb to the pressure to legalize the rights of LGBTQI in Ghana,” adding that the Bible considers homosexuality as a “perversion and a pagan abomination.”
“To choose someone of the same sex for one’s sexual activity or for marriage is to annul the rich symbolism and meaning, not to mention the goals, of God’s sexual design,” the text stated. “Homosexual activity is not a complementary union, able to transmit life, and so it thwarts the call to a life of that form of self-giving which the Gospel says is the essence of Christian living.”
Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso called on Christian families last April to “rebel” against LGBT lobbies that wish to “impose same-sex marriage” on the world.
“While adopting the positive values of modernity, as active agents of the future of the world, African Christian families should rebel against the imperialism of certain lobbies and associations that advocate and want to impose same-sex marriage,” said Cardinal Ouédraogo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, in his Easter sermon.
Former President Obama toured Africa promoting same-sex marriage, Church leaders and ordinary citizens forcefully resisted his agenda.
Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese in Nigeria, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said the position of Catholics against homosexual behavior is irreversible, the Church will continue to stand up against gay marriage.
“Unfortunately, we are living in a world where these things have now become quite acceptable, but for the fact that they are acceptable doesn’t mean that they are right,” he said. “The Catholic Church considers itself as carrying the banner of the truth in the world that has allowed itself to be so badly deceived.”