Leo Igwe responds to the recent controversy where the Ghana Education Service has stated that all students must attend Christian devotion in government/state schools, including Muslim students, or face disciplinary action. He writes:
what should be the issue in Ghana today is not religious devotion in schools but how to improve the quality of education and learning. It is not whether students start the day with christian or muslim prayers, but whether they are acquiring cutting edge knowledge, skills and ideas needed for the 21st century.
It’s dishonest to pretend that coercing students into a religion is about ‘national unity’ Read More…
Official statement from the Humanist Association of Ghana
Hiplife songstress Belinda Akua Amoah, of “16 Years fameme”, with stage name MzBel has denounced her faith in Jesus Christ. Her denunciation of Jesus Christ – the central figure of Christianity – has sparked the ire of some Ghanaian Christians. She went on to say that the Jesus narrative is similar to that of the ancient Egyptian deity of Horus who predates Jesus – implying that Jesus is fiction modelled after Horus
Since MzBel came public with the above, a lot of people have waded in on the ‘controversy’ which is all well and good, except that, some, especially Christians, have felt the need to abuse her rather than either provide a good case against her case or encourage her free enquiry. Some have quoted the Bible calling MzBel “a fool” amongst other unsayable vituperations. This is not just disappointing, it is heartbreaking.
In a democratic society it is important to encourage discourse and open up debate on any and every subject. It is important that we persistently question all that we are taught and all that we hear. That is how society grows. The abuse hurled at MzBel from some quarters not only silences others who are willing to enquire freely, it thwarts the ideal of open debate in a free society. Read More…
I cannot express enough how excited I am to have such a gathering of humanists, sincere seekers of truth, pursuers of reason and alternative worldview bereft of dogma and the strangles of tradition – people genuinely interested in the liberty to think freely.
Before I proceed, I plead you pardon me for reading from my tablet – and no, it isn’t the same tablet that Moses is supposed to have ‘received’ on the Mountains. I’m talking about a modern electronic tablet. So of course, you do make the distinction that I have not yet inflated my ego to that point where I feel I can singularly make commandments and behests to a gathering as this one.
This is the second West African Humanists Conference. The first was in Read More…
A guest post by Femi Akomolafe
“Oh, my body, make me a man that ask questions.” – Frantz Fanon.
So, once again, the president assembled some Christian priests and together they prayed for the nation. At the end of the jamboree, they declared a 7-day prayer for the country.
Are we ever going to learn in this country?
Those familiar with my writings will agree that I have consistently maintained the principled stance that prayers are no substitutes for thinking and planning.
My younger brother’s favourite saying is: ‘Prayer is not a strategy,’ and I fully subscribe to it. Read More…
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