The issue of homosexuality cannot be properly treated without visiting the forces behind the enormous hate it attracts. In our society, religion, ignorance the fear of change are some of the strong forces that back the unnecessary hate. Through the lenses of religion homosexuality is nothing less than an abomination and since religion as a whole has a lot of branches, our focus today is going to be on the two leading branches in Ghana. Both the Qur’an and Bible have a lot to say on this act and based on them a question arises; ARE HOMOSEXUALS WELCOME IN THESE TWO GROUPS?
Lets take a gentle walk through the bible and begin with Apostle Paul. In his letter to the Roman believers he began with common ground, the faith they affirm together (Rom 1:3-5) and the sin they condemn together (Rom 1:18-32), where he used same sex relationship as an example despite the numerous sins. In the letter, even though he suggested that their sins were no better, he didn’t pull back from his condemnation. According to his understanding same sex is unnatural and against God’s intent, an abomination he taught was worthy of death (Rom 1:32). Also Leviticus 18 & 20 throws more light on what Paul wrote in the book of Romans. With these evidences from the two testaments of the bible, we can conclude that the bible and Christianity have no intention to share bed with homosexuality.
The next to look at is the Qur’an. The book of Sura XI: 77-84 touched on Lot and Sodom which clearly portrayed the men of Sodom came to the house of Lot to seek to lay with his guests who were angels in human form of males. At the end of the story, just as the bible also indicates, Sodom was burned down to ashes. Now we know these two leading religions do not smile at this form of sex but are they right?
The notion by Paul that same sex is unnatural is false. If natural can be understood as not containing anything artificial or existing in nature and not made or caused by man then what is unnatural about the act? Is it because it was not common before as the other? Cross gender sex is based on feelings generated by either one or both of them towards each other and so is same gender sex. Is there something as artificial feeling? IF there is, how is it done and how is it determined? Let us not be too quick to declare something unnatural just because its new to our society or knowledge. If you believe Paul and the Bible’s assumption is justifiable then you should be ready to agree with me that a White-man/woman is right to call a Black-man/woman unnatural or abuse him or her racially on the fact that he or she is not used to such race. And for your information, animals also engage in homosexuality. You cannot be compelled to like the act, never, and that is understandable but its high time you embrace those who practise it. There’s no justification for hating or looking down upon someone because of a natural part of him or her which they cannot avert. No amount of prayer can turn a heterosexual into a homo and vice versa. Interestingly, there are a lot of so called straight men who cannot end a moment of sexual activity without penetrating their spouses’ anus. Are they better than the “Sodomites”?
Feelings, attained in a blink of an eye or generated within a longer period of time are both natural. Again, there is a misconception that gays are rapists. This has no proper stand because there are straight rapists just as much as there are gay rapists.No matter how much we discriminate against these wonderful individuals, they are definitely here to stay. Every human on this earth is unique so are their preferences, learn to respect them.