The earlier parts have already established that arguments for legalisation of gayness on grounds of gay animals and genes are globally bogus. It’s further established that arguments on grounds of Human Rights and adults’ freedom to make personal sexual choices are also bogus subject to the society under discussion.
Now, let’s look at an important societal phenomenon: Society evolves and it does so with its ideals and moral cum religious tastes. What is right today is not always guaranteed to be right tomorrow. It’s likely the multicultural marriage that produced you or a friend was an abomination a century ago. The rate of evolution of a society in favour of (or against) certain choices of members is highly dependent on the rate of change of the (perceived) effects that these choices have on that society.
Remember, choices have: physical, medical, economic, sociocultural, psychological, etc effects on society. Laws on choices that have negative physical and medical effects on people tend to be very similar or even same everywhere. This is because these effects have very little variation from society to society. For instance: the same chemical that will kill a Ghanaian will kill an American so unless the two countries have markedly different popular ability to manage its use, that chemical will be “banned” in both countries. When society finds a solution to the negative impact of a choice, it softens its abhorrence for such; to match the efficacy and affordability of the solution. Believe you me, if we should ever discover a pill that can be taken after high doses of alcohol so that drivers can
(nonetheless) drive safely, laws governing driving on alcohol will be softened. However, sociocultural effects (unlike medical effects) of a choice vary widely from society to society and they are the most “vulnerable” to change as they border on a people’s perception.
The world used to be very big and societies were very small. Different cultures were often far separated from one another and had very little awareness of/concern with the sociocultural tastes of other societies. So in past times, Britain (which accepts homosexuality) would not even be aware there’s a culture called Ghana that doesn’t accept it – even if it became aware, it wouldn’t be very interested because it would have very little to do with Ghana. However, now the world is a small village and societies are rather getting bigger. Everybody sees everybody. Very different societies are interacting everyday and people of very different cultures are mixing.
The world is gradually gravitating towards a single “Global Cocktail Culture”. And this is where the issues start; every society wishes her ideals become the accepted and some can’t even fathom why others are okay with certain ideals. It is a global sociocultural issue and it goes far beyond homosexuality. Each society is presenting her ideals to the global culture market and the essential market forces are determining the extent to which ideals of a given society are blended into theGlobal Cocktail Culture.
Eventually, every culture will have a degree of contribution according to its might. It’s an evolution taking place and we’ll have these issues until (global) equilibrium is finally reached – if ever.
Most sovereign societies (States) now encompass different proportions of people with varying sociocultural and religious backgrounds. IN A SECULAR/MULTIRELIGIOUS/MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY, THE IDEALS OF ONE SECT CANNOT BE THE SUPREME IDEAL (OF THE ENTIRE SOCIETY) UNLESS SUCH IDEALS ARE IN HARMONY WITH THOSE OF OTHER SECTS, THEIR UNITY FORMS AN OBVIOUS MAJORITY AND THE EXERCISE OF SAME DO NOT INFRINGE ON FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS. Coupling this fact with society’s
tendency to change social perception sets the platform for political powers to sell their social ideas. Whoever does a good marketing carries the day because social issues border on perception!
Indeed, “There are interesting twists about homosexuality that need to be considered in the arguments on its legalisation, criminalisation and/or other related issues”. Ghanaians often make the wrong claim that gayness is not to be accepted because it is against our (African) culture – it is foreign. Wrong!
Homosexuality was practised/accepted in various African tribes including the Buganda of Uganda, Mbo of Zaire, Fon of Dahomey and right here in Ghana before White invasion. Among the Bantu-speaking tribes north of the Congo River in what is now Gabon and Cameroon, homosexual intercourse was called “bian nku’ma” which means “a medicine for wealth,” according to German ethnographer Gunther Tessman in 1904.
Another argument Ghanaians make is the religious one – God abhors it. This argument is only acceptable in the confines of one’s religion. You obviously don’t expect Christians to go by the Quran. Neither should you expect non-Christians to go by the Bible. So in as much as the religions can order their members not to accept gayness, that ideal cannot automatically become the position of the secular Ghanaian society.Religions believe in a Moral Law Giver and what He says is what is acceptable. This makes religious people more conservative or even uncompromising when a social choice is a sin by doctrines – God hasn’t changed His mind.
Ghanaians exhibit a great taste for Western ideals – language, food, dressing, governance, “religion” etc. We even have miniskirts in churches now.
How we could tear off portions of scripture condemning certain codes is another issue. Our proven penchant as regards Afro-acquiescence of foreign ideals suggests clearly that we’re very likely to one day enact laws to permit homosexual marriage and attendant rights – simply because the West accepts it now. Effects of homosexuality are
almost purely the result of perception, thus, it shouldn’t be a surprise if our society goes through the SHOCKER-OUTRAGE-DISCUSSION-TOLERANCE-ACCEPTANCE-VENERATION process in this regard – ooops we enjoy Western movies too.
Arguments on (secular) legalisation and criminalisation so far are inadequate to me – except on personal grounds. What should we do then?
Sects in the society must be given the respect every human is entitled to. The freedom of advocacy on secular platforms must be given to all. Let the arguments freely flow and let rebuttals be freely made. THE PEOPLE OF THE SOCIETY MUST AT ALL TIMES BE THE DECIDING MASS OF WHICH SOCIAL CHOICES ARE ACCEPTABLE IN THAT SOCIETY. And they should (as much as practicable) do this freely and independently. Sovereign societies must respect the sovereignty of other (sovereign) societies, avoid the bully tactics and quasi imperialism. Different societies have different needs and different scale of preference. That homosexuality is your big headache doesn’t mean it should be another’s headache (contemporaneously). If a society is ready to accept or reject a certain ideal, it will enact/amend laws without external coercion.
Reality is not for; Reality is not against; Reality is not neutral; Reality is reality! Homosexuality is not a human right, it’s not a genetic cause and should not be entertained. Homosexuality should globally be abhorred because it can make the human race enter IUCN endangered species list.
Isaac Ofori Ampong