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Ghana Promises To Make Homosexuality “A Thing Of The Past”

In an interview with the Accra Mail a spokesman for Ghana’s Education Ministry said he was confident the country’s new sex-education campaign would end homosexuality.

Um, ex-cuse us?

According to Pink News, public relations officer Paul Krampah was discussing how the ministry has been training teachers to educate students about sexual abuse, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. “We are very optimistic that things will change and the incidence of homosexuality in the country will be a thing of the past.”

Forget that warning people about unsafe behavior won’t change their orientation—the fact is the majority of HIV cases in Africa are among heterosexuals. Is the education ministry going to figure out how to get people to stop being straight?

Ghana seems to have a real problem understanding human sexuality: Earlier this year the deputy director of the Education Service said that homosexuality “started with single-sex schools.” And over the summer,  a Ghanese bureaucrat ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country’s Western Region.

So single-sex quarters leads to homosexuality and you want to put suspected gays in jail?

Oh boy.