A few days ago, I deliberately asked a question: why is adultery and fornication not a crime in most countries?
Absurd as the question sounded to some people, I had some respected folks offer their thoughts.
Most of the respondents made the point that adultery and fornication bother on morality and religious beliefs—-hence, cannot be subjects for legal or criminal discussions.
One Christo-crazy pal of mine boldly argued: “adultery and fornication are sins, not crimes. Comrade, you should know better”
Unbeknownst to this friend and the other respondents, I wanted their feedback to pass an opinion on the attempt to criminalize LGBTQI in Ghana.
When I finally brought the contentious subject up, the same respondents started quoting scriptures—stating that LGBTQI is a sin and all its related activities are equally sinful.
Some went to the extent of quoting specific portions/chapters of their faith that condemn LGBTQI.
These are people who are calling for or think LGBTQI MUST be criminalized, of course, based on their religious beliefs/persuasions.
Now my confusion is: why should LGBTQI believed to be sin and has everything to do with faith/religion be criminalized, but adultery and fornication which are also sin, and bother on religion cannot be criminalized?
If the discussion of criminalizing adultery and fornication should be flushed out like ordure, why should that of LGBTQI be encouraged or started in the first place?
I’m confused. Help me de-confuse my confusion.
By Osarfo Anthony