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Ghana's Western Regional Minister Orders All Gays Arrested

Ghana's Western Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered all gays to be rounded-up and arrested, the Sydney Star Observer reports:

Ghana Aidooo has tasked Ghana’s Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to round up the country’s gay population and has called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.

“All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society,” he said.

The move by the Minister follows months of campaigning by the Christian Council of Ghana which last week called on Ghanaians not to vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.

Muslims and Christians in the Western Region have been staging protests ever since a local media report claimed there were around 8000 homosexuals and lesbians in the district.

More on this disturbing development at Box Turtle Bulletin...

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  1. The USA has to immediately cut off ANY federal funding that goes to this country. If this is how they want to destroy their own people and country, let them do it with no help of MY TAX $$$. Let the American Evangelicals who incite this government to jail & surely kill gay people financial support Ghana. Christian love and kindness at it's true heart, death and murder in the name of GOD.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jul 21, 2011 11:45:45 AM

  2. I can't say it's unbelievable because it is completely believable that this could and is happening.

    Posted by: Ricola | Jul 21, 2011 11:47:24 AM

  3. Didn't this happen in the U.S. during the 20th Century? Witch hunts for gays who worked in the federal government?

    Sadly, this is the result of religious colonialism in the 21st Century. The faux Christian Right pumps money and gives prominence to anti-gay leaders in Africa just as it does in the U.S. Turn on the TV and listen to Michelle Bachman or virtually any other Republican beholden to the extreme Right, they'll spew anti-gay hatred because they're true believers or politically cynical.

    Posted by: NotFunny | Jul 21, 2011 11:54:53 AM

  4. The US has provided Ghana with nearly 175 million dollars in aid for FY 2011. This includes 1.7 million dollars to promote the "rule of law and human rights". We are obviously not getting our money's worth. You can call the contact on this fact sheet to express your anger and disappointment:

    We should demand swift responses from both Secretary Clinton and President Obama.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jul 21, 2011 12:01:47 PM

  5. Truly the armpit of Africa. Hard to believe this is happening in 2011. Good ol' Christians acting in the name of God. History repeating itself!

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jul 21, 2011 12:02:38 PM

  6. @NOTFUNNY. You've hit the nail on the head.
    This is even more insidious in many parts of Africa, where pentecostal Christianity (often a front for outright con men) and the British colonial inheritance of homophobic common law make for a potentially combustible situation. Worth monitoring carefully.

    Posted by: BINGO | Jul 21, 2011 12:02:54 PM

  7. @MARRIED IN MA -- A little perspective, please. Ghana is still one of the brightest lights in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a rogue minister with a loud mouth.
    Sort of like Michelle Bachmann, but with actual (limited) power.

    Posted by: BINGO | Jul 21, 2011 12:04:59 PM

  8. The US Republic*&ts must be so happy...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 21, 2011 12:08:59 PM

  9. Africa: The test ground for the fundamentalist christian agenda.

    Posted by: StevenElliot | Jul 21, 2011 12:09:46 PM

  10. Once these people are rounded up there's no question they will be executed.

    This is genocide on scale not seen since. . .you know what.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2011 12:27:31 PM

  11. I'm with Skooter McGoo. The US needs to not send a penny there. I am not having my taxes pay for destruction of gays and lesbians or any other minority for that matter. When do they round us up for the "FEMA camps" in the USA?

    Posted by: another guy named Jeff | Jul 21, 2011 12:31:07 PM

  12. I wanna hear from Our Govt on this..and ALL Jewish Organizations condemming this ASAP.... this is too Crazy and Hitleresque.....Pathetic....

    Posted by: Gay American | Jul 21, 2011 12:41:24 PM

  13. What's most troubling to me, in fact, is the lack of credible reporting on this news event. What's the role of a "Regional Minister"? How much authority do they actually have? Can they actually compel police to act? Will this lead to actual arrests, or are there legal precedents and protections that would prevent it? We need some BASIC reporting before we start screaming to the heavens; these reports surfaced yesterday on blogs that originate in Ghana (like JOY NEWS), and most blogs are simply repeating what they've seen there. The Star Observer is one of the few reputable news sources to report on it -- and they've done virtually no investigative reporting of their own. My god, stories like these should make us do all we can to protect traditional journalism. Blogs simply can't deliver the important facts on stories like these.

    Posted by: GMB | Jul 21, 2011 1:06:41 PM

  14. Sounds like a regional minister is equal to a state governor.

    I just sent the US State Department an email asking about this

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 21, 2011 1:16:53 PM

  15. Germany, 1933/Ghana, 2011. Not ONE word about this appalling development from the "mainstream media". That's almost as horrifying as the story itself!

    Posted by: Nathan James | Jul 21, 2011 2:01:03 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2011 3:34:10 PM

  17. If these people are in such danger, the Western countries need to accept these people as immigrants, embassies should offer asylum and protection, and any other immigration from this country should be completely shut down.

    Posted by: ivh | Jul 21, 2011 3:44:33 PM

  18. If this is true, forget withholding aid, we should take military action like we did in Libya, Bosnia, and Serbia.

    Posted by: JD Swell | Jul 21, 2011 4:28:58 PM

  19. I suggest hitting these folks at the Christian Council - and their London counterparts - with a few emails.

    Considering what their featured project is, they don't seem to have a very constructive way of following it.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 21, 2011 6:00:06 PM

  20. Why would any gay people even live in that country?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 21, 2011 6:09:12 PM

  21. I believe a man named Hitler gave a similar order many years ago....

    Posted by: AJay | Jul 21, 2011 7:58:41 PM

  22. Good riddance! That's what we should be doing here in the US.

    At least somebody on this homo-happy planet has their head on straight.

    Posted by: Alex | Jul 21, 2011 9:58:30 PM

  23. What's bugging me is that everyone's reaction is to stop sending aid to will this do anything to help the gays and lesbians there.

    We're being vindictive (and not un-rightly so) but vindictiveness won't help the gays and lesbians being persecuted there. How about instead of cutting of aid, we demand that they be protected and sanction be made against the Ghanian government for crimes against humanity.

    All we're doing is trying to get back at our enemies while forgetting the fact that we still have people over there who need our help.

    Posted by: Pekemo | Jul 21, 2011 11:52:45 PM

  24. Ah sub-Sahara Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Zaire, etc. etc. . . . knowest thou no limit to primitiveness? How many millions of years would it have taken (without the introduction of western ideas and science) before you could cure a disease on your own? build a car on your own --or a bicycle for that matter--?? grow enough food to feed your own? Pave roads on your own? Create a fair and equitable government of your own? Many millions of years, I imagine.

    Posted by: dancobbb | Jul 22, 2011 10:14:20 AM

  25. This makes me so angry that people can be treated like this in the 21st century.

    Just happens we have The UK African Development Minister visiting Ghana for a three day visit.​k/en/news/?view=PressR&id=​633359482

    I've just sent their office an enquiry to confirm the story and ask how we go about suspending their development programme until they see sense.

    I don't want my taxes to prop up leaders who victimize their own people.

    Posted by: John | Jul 22, 2011 10:46:49 AM

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