Language is quite ambiguous at times and we can be misled by the casual way we use it in our everyday lives. Most of the time this doesn’t really matter as ‘sloppiness’ is often a shorthand code and we can often understand the intention behind statements.
One problem that often occurs is when this casualness leads us into logical confusions because we were not specific enough in the way we employed language.
First Ghanaian elected to International Humanist Organisation
Accra, Ghana 21 Aug 2014
Roslyn Mould from Accra, is the first Ghanaian to be elected to the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation (IHEYO). Despite a record number of nominations this year, Ms Mould now holds the position of Secretary of the African Working Group, whose President is Ugandan Kato Mukasa.
Ms Mould stated,
“It’s a great pleasure to be elected for this position and I am grateful to the Humanist Association of Ghana and international humanists for their unflinching support. I am excited to use this opportunity to promote human rights, the philosophy of humanism and to represent freethinking Africans positively.”
by Agomo Atambire (member of the Humanist Association of Ghana)
I am a Ghanaian, born and bred within this area of the earth we call Ghana and I have not lived outside of it (note). Taking you even further, I am from an ethnic group known as Frafras. Like the other ethnic groups that make up this country, the Frafras are very superstitious! One of my names is in honour of one of the gods of my people. Christianity and Islam may be what my people portray but they are neck deep in the traditional practices and I have had my family to as a primary source to view this charade.
By Paa Nii
In 2012, reports emerged that a Gallup poll involving 57 countries ranks Ghana as the most religious country in the world. The publication read:
“Overall, 59% of those surveyed described themselves as religious, 23% said they are not religious, and 13% said they are convinced atheists.”
“The nations with the highest percentages of self-described religious persons are Ghana, Nigeria, Armenia, Fiji, Macedonia, Romania, Iraq, Kenya, Peru, and Brazil.”
“The nations with the highest percentages of self-described “convinced atheists” are China, Japan, the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Iceland, Australia, and Ireland.”
(You can read the poll report here).
There is something peculiarly funny and interesting between in the socio-economics and living standards of countries which majority of citizens professed “religious” as opposed to those countries where majority professed “convinced atheists”; – but that is a matter for another day.
In this piece, I want to argue that in large parts, the socio-cultural parameters for the validation of belief, are to say the least, misleading. And that most people who gladly tick / respond ‘religious’ to survey questionnaires in fact, do not believe. Easy! Please indulge me. Read More…
One of our members, Paa Nii, has turned 31 and took this occasion to write a personal declaration of his humanist outlook.
Originally posted on The Mind of The Khal :
At thirty and one, I feel that I have a pretty good idea how my transient life will pan out. While I am fully aware of the insignificance of what I could contribute to humankind, I am neither so misguided nor so naive as to think that I cannot make a little difference. I may not change the world, but I can make a contribution towards changing it. I’m confident of making a contribution to the human struggle; I am confident that I can affect the lives of the few people I would meet in this short existence.
In the course of three decades I have learnt a couple of lessons. Some learnt from experience, some from the sheer luck of reading, others from rethinking my world views.
Here, I share with you what I hope to live for, how I hope my existence will be acknowledged, my hopes, my…
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It is fascinating to watch believers trawl through their ‘holy books’ attempting to find justification for what they think their religions should really mean. They pull out phrases such as “Whoever kills a person [unjustly] it is as though he has killed all mankind” (Qur’an 5:32) as if we are supposed to be impressed by their profundity.
They emphasise how progressive various passages were in the Bronze and Iron Ages as if they are still progressive in the 21st century
by Louis Tim Walsh (member of Humanist Association of Ghana)
Scene 1 Somewhere in a Ghanaian forest, lying on a mat is a woman named Ama. Dancing around Ama are two priests and priestesses of the Afrikan traditional religion (ATR), dressed in animal skins, a raffia skirt, beads, bodies painted and holding a white fowl and the bones of a goat. Speaking in a language unknown to humans, they call on bossum anchiwiri, the baobab tree God to cure Ama of her sickness.
As a Christian, what do you think of the ceremony described above?
Prophets, psychics, mediums, soothsayers, those who claim to channel aliens or angels, all claim to predict future events or to bring important messages from “other dimensions”.
Often it appears these messages are more designed to give authority to these people rather than bringing anything of value. Some religions claim to have successions of prophets who run their organisations bringing new and updated information as humanity progresses, such as the Church of Latter Day Saints or the Baha’i Faith.
What is significant is the uninspiring and retrospective nature of these messages.