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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GHANAIAN CLERGY (BOTH CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS)

Dear Ghanaian clergy,

Not too long ago, you and some section of the Ghanaian populace succeeded in forcing the Government of Ghana to put a stop to the planned implementation of one of its ‘flagship’ educational reforms; Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for among others, KG pupils.

This rejection was mainly because CSE is against our CULTURAL and RELIGIOUS VALUES. Yes, our cultural and religious values frown upon such exposure by children.

But the question is, which Ghanaian culture or religion accepts the so called modern dressing pattern, especially amongst young Ghanaian women of today?

Sirs, do you not think that if we are emulating the indecent foreign cultures (wearing of miniskirts, tight dresses, short dresses, among other practices) that are against our cultural and religious values in the name of Human Rights, WE CAN AS WELL EMULATE THEIR CSE? Remember, what is good for goose is also good for the gander.

Sirs, you are 100% aware that in the Bible, 1 Timothy 2:9 says that: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.”

Also in 1 Corinthians 11:15, it is said that: “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair given is given her for a covering.”

Same way in Quran 33:59, Almighty Allah says to Prophet Muhammad SAW “O Prophet! say to your wives and daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they be known, and that they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” I repeat AND THAT THEY WILL NOT BE GIVEN TROUBLE, and yet why are you not so vocal and aggressive on the indecent dressing amongst the Ghanaian ladies as you rightly exhibited in the CSE saga?

Today, most ladies wear indecent dresses (which expose their bodies) to the church and other religious programmes, and yet Pastors and Sheikhs cannot rebuke them because of the fear that they might lose them and their offerings. Is this what the scriptures teach us?

Previously, it was being said that, the Zongo girl was very shy and respectful, but today, we are all witnesses to what is happening to their way of dressing. Very bad! Sirs, you must wake up before it is too too late o!

Moreover, I hope you are aware that, provisions in Article 21 (1) (c) and (e) of the 1992 constitution are being abused by both Muslims and Christians.
The provisions state that, “All persons shall have the right to —
(c) freedom to practise any religion and to manifest such practice;
(e) freedom of association, which shall include freedom to form or join trade unions or other associations, national or international, for the protection of their interest.” So are your followers really manifesting what Christianity and Islam teach them, especially when it comes to women and girls dressing? As3m s3b3!

Sirs, now, under your watch, fake men of God, genuine men of gods and 419 spiritualists (Malams) are all over our TV sets all in the name of right to association, and all you could do is to be silent on it. Is that also part of the Ghanaian cultural or religious values?

Mention has to be made about the indecent dressing especially amongst Senior High School (SHS) girls in the so-called mission schools you always trumpet of establishing to promote Christianity and Islam, and yet, you are not aggressive on the authority to put a stop to that madness just as you did on the CSE issue. Very serious!

Finally, sirs, I have been expecting you for the last two decades to give maximum attention to this uncultured and intriguing dressing and misbehavior in the Ghanaian space and if possible push for a legislation at least to protect the unborn generations from going ‘wayward’, but it seems you are okay with those happenings. And yes, if this your silence continues, be very convinced and assured that the ‘suspended’ CSE is bound to happen. You ought to know that the dignity of the Ghanaian woman and girl is much in what they wear.

I, therefore, plead to you all to be up and doing and use same energy, time and resources you used on the CSE saga and give protection to all other Ghanaian cultural and religious values that are being abused for a better and well mannered Ghanaian society.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

SADIKU KATADATU,
Concerned Citizen,
Ejura-Ashanti.
0246929704/0266997396

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