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Ghana Church to Establish “Rehabilitation” Centers for Gays

Ghana Church to Establish “Rehabilitation” Centers for Gays

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A Christian denomination in Ghana is stepping up its promotion of so-called reparative therapy, aimed at converting gay people to straight -- a practice that is widely discredited by mental health professionals but still has adherents among the religious right in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana -- not connected with the Presbyterian Church (USA), which this year approved ordination of gay clergy -- is setting up centers around the African nation to offer "counseling and rehabilitation" to help "homosexual victims" become heterosexual, the Ghana News Agency reports.

In making the announcement while addressing ministerial candidates at a recent event, the Ghanian church's leader, the Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, expressed concern about the prevalence of homosexuality in the nation and also "called on the government to come out with a clear position on homosexuality in the country, to enable the church to offer the necessary support in helping to reduce the spread of the practice in the society," according to the news service.

Another Ghanian news source, MyJoyOnline.com, noted that Martey has "strongly condemned homosexuality, describing it as filthy, unbiblical, and un-African" and said the offer of counseling "does not mean the church is softening its position on homosexuality."

The site further reported, "Describing homosexuality as the result of demonic spirits, Rev. Prof. Martey said in addition to the counseling, they will be praying for them 'and we will let them go through a vigorous spiritual exercise and if it is spiritual, it will come out, they will be free.'"

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.