Exciting Creationist Litigation in Ghana

We rarely blog about creationist activity outside of the region of Western civilization. The principle reason is that we’re not familiar with their culture, so we’re not comfortable discussing their attitudes and activities. But today is an exception. At the website of CitiNewsroom, which describes itself as “Ghana’s leading news website that delivers high quality innovative, alternative news that challenges the status quo,” we found an irresistible article.

Their headline is Lecturer asks Supreme Court to declare God created man. Sounds good, huh? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A lecturer has filed a suit urging the Supreme Court to declare that man was created by God and not through the evolution theory propounded by scientists. The evolution theory explains that man evolved from apes. [Gasp!] Sir Johnson Anane, an Assistant lecturer at the Sunyani Technical University, argues that the evolution theory is an affront to the Christian faith. [News source omitted.].

Then CitiNewsroom says:

He is also raising issues with the position of science that the earth is a planet in the solar system, and that the earth’s movement around the sun results in days, nights, years and seasons. According to him, days, nights, years and seasons were created by God and do not come about as a result of any movement of the earth.

It’s about time someone took that stuff to court! After that they tell us:

The plaintiff argues that the evolution theory and the solar system theory were against the Bible which said God created the earth. “The implications of the theories are that the creative work of God as stated in Genesis has been cancelled, denied or nullified,” he stated in his writ.

Serious allegations! The news continues:

Apart from urging the highest court of the land to uphold his claims, Sir Anane also wants the court to ban the study of the evolution theory and the solar system in the country. “These theories are taught in schools (Primary, JHS and SHS) and need to be banned or abolished,” he said. [Yeah!] The suit is against the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, the President of the Ghana Science Association of Ghana and the Attorney-General Department.

This is very serious litigation! Let’s read on:

Meanwhile, the A-G [Attorney-General Department, presumably,] has urged the court to dismiss the suit, describing it as without merit and an abuse of the court’s process. In a preliminary legal objection, the A-G argues that the suit raises no cause of action as it does not state any constitutional issue for the court to interpret, or any constitutional violations by the respondents. [Typical Darwinist attitude!]

There’s a bit more to the article, but we’ll skip it because it’s about legal procedures — in Ghana.

Well, dear reader, do you think ol’ Hambo is following this litigation? If the creationists are successful in Ghana, will that be the start of a global movement against Darwin’s abominable theory? Let us know what you think.

Copyright © 2021. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.

13 responses to “Exciting Creationist Litigation in Ghana

  1. What Bible-based argument proves that the Earth is a planet of the Sun?

  2. I don’t know if this nonsense is home-grown in Ghana,but links between Turkish, Muslim (both Shiite and Sunni), Israeli, and US-Australian creationism are no laughing matter, and date back decades. Does anyone know whether this aspect is relevant here?

  3. The question everybody is asking is what is this guy lecturing at a Technical University? And he is a ‘Sir’ as well!

  4. Derek Freyberg

    I’d offer a large bet that “Sir” is either part of his name, or that he gave himself the honorific.

  5. Johnson Anane is an Assistant Lecturer in the Sunyani Technical University’s Department of Wood Technology. He has a BSc. Wood Tech. & Management as his apparent highest qualification.

  6. Theodore J Lawry

    ” the creative work of God as stated in Genesis has been cancelled,” That cancel culture be powerful! Feel the power of the cancel side!

  7. Ah, Ol’Hambo is beaten at his own game. Lovely.

    @PaulB: “Does anyone know whether this aspect is relevant here?”
    I’m a bit hurt you didn’t mention the Dutch-American creacrap connections; it dates back for decades (possibly more than a century). My guess is that the Ghanese-American connection is similar – like Dutch fundagelicals Ghanese ones are inspired by American creationist reading materials. Internet has made this much easier.

  8. Dave Luckett

    “Sir Johnson Anane” appears to be his full name, with “Sir” and “Johnson” as given names.

    Ghana is about 71% Christian and 19% Muslim, with both religions actually gaining converts of recent years, at the expense of traditional animism and Rastafarianism, and only 6% of the population has other affiliations or no religion. Religious tolerance is both officially and generally strong, but while Article 21 of the Ghana Constitution guarantees an absolute right to religious freedom, there is no specific disestablishment clause like the First Amendment to the US Constitution. This need not be suspicious – the same is true for my own country – but it does leave the door open for legislation (possibly well-intended) requiring that “respect” be paid to religious beliefs or people.

    If there were such legislation, a rabid enough creationist might be able to argue that to teach the theory of evolution in the public schools disrespects his/her religion. I can’t imagine a court agreeing with such a proposition, but I am not familiar with the nature or culture of jurisprudence in Ghana. And as creationists go, this one is ‘way gone.

  9. @DaveL: “If there were such legislation …..”
    Even without this Dutch creationists make such arguments, ao at Logos.nl. However they know they’ll have zero success in court. They’d need to change Dutch law first. It allows government, via professional evolutionary biologists, to “force Darwinism” upon all students. It’s not in the power of any court to do something against this. Indeed minister of Education Maria van der Hoeven argued for “teaching the controversy” in Dutch parliament in 2005; as a result she had to withdraw that proposal.
    I don’t know either how that works in Ghana, but do know it works this way in most European countries. It might be interesting to see how successfull Mr. Anane will be.

  10. Ted Herrlich

    Maybe little kennie will move!

  11. Ted Herrlich:
    “Maybe little kennie will move!”

    We can only hope, but don’t hold your breath. Kenneth the Ham has found fertile ground in Kentucky, USA since moving from Australia.

    Dave Luckett – Please take him back! (Pretty please with a cherry on top?)

  12. Preparing for a house move. I’ll be quiet here for a couple of weeks

  13. Dave Luckett

    We will, without pleasure, retiredsciguy, if he either returns of his own free will, or is deported. Alas, Ham is unlikely to do the former, and the US government is unlikely to do the latter. In Australia, as Ham knows well, he’d be another shouter in a Bible barn in some down-at-hell mall somewhere. In Kentucky, he’s somebody. (Also, rich, but that doesn’t signify to a man of God like him. Suuuure it doesn’t.)