1 July 2011

Ghana: Lawyers Must Fight Against Gays - Pastor

Kumasi — Legal Practitioners in the country have been urged to use their good profession to launch a crusade against all forms of social evils, particularly, the menace of gay and lesbianism that is fast gaining root in the Ghanaian society.

The Head of St. George's Church in Kumasi, Rev. Samuel Frempong Kwofie, who made the call during a Memorial Service in honour of the three murdered High Court judges, observed that the time had come for lawyers and proponents of human rights to compromise their stance on liberties, civil and human rights, and allow the word of God to guide their activities.

Martyrs Day is celebrated annually, in remembrance of the callous murder of the three High Court Judges and a retired army officer on the night of June 30, I982, under the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) regime.

The three judges - Mr. Justice Fred Poku Sarkodie, Mrs. Justice Cecilia Koranteng Addow and Mr. Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyapong - and the retired army officer, Major Sam Acquah (rtd), were abducted and murdered during curfew hours at the Bundase Military Range in the Accra Plains.

A Memorial Service is organised every year by members of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in recognition of the murdered judges, and to draw the attention of the society on the need to preserve the rule of law and avoid a repetition of such a sordid act.

Members of the Ashanti Regional chapter of the GBA marked this year's occasion with a church service at the St. George's Interdenominational Church at Adum, a suburb of Kumasi.

Delivering the sermon, Rev. Frempong Kwofie stressed the need for legal practitioners, who are role models in society, to join the crusade against all forms of immorality in the country.

According to the Man of God, Ghana risks being plunged into a state of anarchy and destruction, if lawyers in particular, did not raise their voices against the various ills in society.

Rev. Frempong Kwofie observed that even though freedom of speech, human rights and civil liberties were the underlying framework which form the basis of the existence of the law, judges and lawyers must endeavour to seek divine guidance and intervention, in order to be able to champion justice in the country.

He noted that because man-made laws usually emanate from divine decrees, there was no justification in using human rights or civil liberties as the basis for defending the practice of homosexuality, when it is stated unequivocally in the Holy Book that God frowns on same-sex marriages or relations.

"Sometimes you have to do away with these human rights and civil liberties, and allow God to direct your conduct, it is true that we are in an era of democracy and freedom of age, but let us not forget that there is a God who watches us, and would judge us someday," he stressed.

He said once God forbids homosexuality, there was no need for man to hide under the cloak of human rights to support its practice.

Rev. Frempong Kwofie stressed the need for judges and lawyers in the country to rise above all forms of intimidation, and resist attempts by any type of force to frighten them in the course of their duty.

According to the Man of God, the three murdered High Court Judges lost their lives because they chose to stand for honesty and integrity.

Taking his sermon from the book of Nehemiah 5 and 6, Rev. Frempong Kwofie reminded the Judiciary about the courage of God's prophet, Nehemiah, who stood against all intimidations to ensure the wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt to the glory of God.

He noted that if judges and lawyers would perform their duties in truth and honesty, they would be assured of God's protection and guidance in times of difficulties.

This year's Commemoration Speech, christened "Lest West Forget," was delivered by Mrs. Mariam Jawhary, whilst tributes were also said in honour of the late judges for their heroic duties.

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