Crazy Muslim’s Xmas message: gayness is on the wane, but keep on opposing it

Crazy Muslim’s Xmas message: gayness is on the wane, but keep on opposing it December 29, 2011

IN A belated Christmas message to the nation, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Ghana’s Chief Imam, claimed that, even though it was “becoming a thing of the past”, homosexuality needs to be firmly opposed.
Sharubutu, who heads the Nuuru-Usmaniyyah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (NUSMAN) used his festive message on Tuesday to commend religious leaders for their efforts in the crusade against homosexuality, saying that they, and “traditional leaders”, should not to relent in their effort to curb homosexuality.

Sheikh Sharubutu, pictured on the 10th anniversary of his foundation
Sharubutu said it was important for Ghanaians to exhibit the good moral values instilled in their communities by parents and faith leaders, adding that it was not easy to meet decent and high valued morals such as that seen in the lives of Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ, without Allah’s support and guidance.

We must persistently seek ways and means to glorify Allah by doing the right thing and abstaining from the evils such as homosexuality and crime against one another.

He expressed happiness about how all leaders of the major religions came together to denounce the spread of homosexuality in the country and warned the public to desist from engaging in homosexuality.
Sharubutu’s foundation was set up in 2000 with the aim of enhancing:

The dwindling image of Islam in our societies.

The sheikh’s message came in the wake of a statement in November from Ghanaian President John Atta Mills who reacted angrily to UK’s threat to cut bilateral aid if the country refuses to legalise homosexuality.
He said the UK did not have the right to “direct to other sovereign nations as to what they should do”, saying their society’s “norms” were different from those in the UK.
Mr Atta Mills told the BBC:

I, as president, will never initiate or support any attempt to legalise homosexuality in Ghana.

The British Prime Minister raised the issue of gay rights and bilateral aid at a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Australia.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • barriejohn

    What did Africa do to deserve this?

  • barriejohn

    I was thinking of commenting on the way that religiots who would normally be scratching each others’ eyes out will quite happily present a united front in the face of some presumed “threat” like homosexuality or women’s rights, when I came across this on the NSS site:
    http://www.compassdirect.org/english/country/uganda/article_1314828.html
    Striving to meet those “high moral standards” of the prophet, I assume!

  • barriejohn
  • Graham Martin-Royle

    I agree that no country has the right to dictate to another country what it’s laws should be, but at the same time, any country giving aid direct to another country has the right to refuse to give that aid if it dislikes the other countries laws.
    As for getting morality from the example of mohamed’s life, would that be like following his misogyny, copying his homophobia, re-enacting his criminal exploits or just being a peadophile? I do wish these people could be more explicit.

  • barriejohn

    Ghana belongs to both the UN and the Commonwealth. Why do we allow countries to pick and choose which human rights legislation they will abide by?

  • Brian Jordan

    “Foundation for Humanitarian Services”? These types do like having names meaning the opposite of what theyre about, don’t they? Like the creationists with their “Truth in Science” and “Evolution News”.

  • Lazy Susan

    He said the UK did not have the right to “direct to other sovereign nations as to what they should do”, saying their society’s “norms” were different from those in the UK.
    Quite so. Ghana should therefore not attempt to direct the UK in how it dispenses foreign aid, since the UK has different norms.

  • Stonyground

    Apologies for being OT but I have a question for Barriejohn. My workplace has recently had dealings with a building company that is run by the Plymouth Brethren. Those of my colleagues who have dealt with them directly have found them to be quite strange. One of the snippets that has come out of these meetings is that they don’t live in anything other than detatched houses due to a really obscure Bible verse that prohibits joining houses together. I suspect that this rule is obeyed to the letter by those who can easily afford it. I would be interested to know if you have come across this and if it is common.

  • barriejohn

    How much time can you spare, Stonyground? They are Exclusive Brethren, who split from the Open Brethren in the Nineteenth Century, and then divided up into umpteen other groups, like the Darbyites, Kellyites, “Needed Truth”, and so on, depending on which autocratic leader’s teaching they followed. (Ironic for a sect that purported to follow no one but Christ – hence the lack of any other appellation than “Christians”.) Wikipedia has several relevant and informative articles, and you will find the following interesting, but as you delve deeper your brain will begin to spin!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_Brethren

  • barriejohn

    This is more concise:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/exclusivebrethren_1.shtml
    Members of the Exclusive Brethren are very limited in their contact with outsiders. They must not:
    •visit other churches
    •join any other religious organisation
    •join a trade union
    •join a professional organisation (this excludes members from professions such as medicine and pharmacy)
    •join any membership that includes people outside the Exclusive Brethren
    •live in the same building, including apartments and semi-detached houses, as outsiders (this means that members can’t share a house with a spouse or with children if the spouse or child has been expelled from the Exclusive Brethren)
    •marry outside the Exclusive Brethren

    Lewis Carroll and Jonathan Swift would have had a field day!

  • Stonyground

    Thanks for the links Barriejohn but after trawling through them I am no wiser on the detatched house thing. I suspect that if you have plenty of money it is quite expedient to claim that God has told you to live in a really posh house. Having read about how utterly self contained this cult is, I would be interested to know the story of how you managed to escape. There really must be a full length book in it.

  • barriejohn

    I was a member of the Open Brethren, Stonyground. The business about living in detached houses is explained in that BBC link: you would be sharing the same building as unbelievers, and that makes God very angry! Someone has already written a book along the same lines as you suggest, though its name escapes me now, but I would recommend Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for a taste of what it is like living among such people, even though Jeanette Winterson grew up amongst Pentecostalists and the story is only semi-biographical, also depicting them as more dotty than dangerous.

  • john c

    I take it the exclusive brethren are somewhat closely related, as a gene pool?

  • barriejohn

    There do tend to be a lot of rather closely related people within sects, @jc!
    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110414040343AACQ5u0

  • Lucy

    @stoneyground
    I used to teach several children from the exclusive brethren. Indeed they do not like being in semi detached or terraced houses but I did not think it was biblical, more a general thing about being separate. The poor children could not eat with others either.
    And back on the topic.
    “Sharubutu’s foundation was set up in 2000 with the aim of enhancing:
    The dwindling image of Islam in our societies. ”
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Stonyground

    Thanks Barriejohn. I’m not quite sure how I managed to miss the bit on semi detached houses. Presumably it would be ok to live in one if there were other members living in the other one. It seems to me a rather bleak outlook to hate almost the entire world. I realise that I seem to have derailed the thread a bit.

  • barriejohn

    They do believe that they have scriptural backing for their practices, Lucy:
    “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:17)
    This business of living in “separate” houses seems to me the obverse of the Jewish practice of linking their homes with string on the Sabbath so that they can visit one another without transgressing the law. JHWH is obviously a senile old idiot who is quite easily fooled!

  • Stonyground

    I was thinking of Isaiah Ch. 5 Vs. 8
    “Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field, until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land.”
    How joining houses and fields together creats less room I have no idea but that was the verse that I was thinking of.

  • barriejohn

    From what I know I would say that the motive is “separation from the world”, Stonyground. Christians have a phrase “In the world but not of it” which they apply to themselves. I believe that the term “exclusive” doesn’t actually refer to the Brethren so named excluding others from their fellowship, but to them preserving themselves “exclusively for the Lord”. More here:
    http://www.omegatimes.com/article.php?intid=1029

  • Stonyground

    “…women are required to be silent in church meetings, which they believe is according to Scripture.”
    Interesting that a Christian would use that particular wording. Surely he must be aware that it is according to Scripture 1 Corinthians Ch.14 Vs. 34-35 unambiguously states that women are required to be silent in church.

  • AngieRS

    Wow, a decade of devotion. Brings a lump to your throat, just thinking about all the lives this arsehole has ruined.
    By the way, why is there a capture code to go through before I can get to the site?

  • AngieRS

    No doubt done in the name of islam, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16357981