Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Impossible!: Christianity & Feminism ...

The Christian today is either confused, doesn't read his/her Bible, or is probably following some atheist on twitter. But Christians fighting for gender equality simply don't read their Bibles. But thank (insert the name of your God here ... ) for today. This is a Wednesday sermon, enjoy!

An old man, returning from his work, raised his eyes and saw a traveler in an open square of the city (that's exactly how the Bible puts it in Judges 19:16-30). He asked where he was going and where he came from. The stranded stranger elaborated and indicated that no one was willing to house him. The old man took him into his house to spend the night. Now, this is what happened that evening after the old man took the stranger into his house ...

"... suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”

But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!”

In other words, the total stranger is worth more than his own daughter! His own daughter (just by virtue of being a woman, and oh, the man's concubine also) deserve any inhumane treatment, but not the man, why?! This text broke my heart as a Christian, but it crushed me, and shrank my testicles when I read it from the perspective of someone who will one day have daughters. If this is what pleases God, then please, "let this cup pass me by!"

Israel had an interesting way of treating women who gave birth, as the Bible gives account of it in Leviticus 12. Women were considered to be unclean after childbirth (is this not nonsense?). To prevent their uncleanliness from spreading, they were isolated for 7 days (you see, they treated women who have given birth like they had contracted Ebola). Now, whats even more absurd is the fact that, if the child is a boy, isolation lasted for 7 days, but if the child was a girl (the text refers to a girl as a maid child in some Bible versions), she was to be isolated for 14 days, plus some special rituals. Israel nie! God's people nie! (Ah well, they were obeying God and his priest bia?!)

Speaking of priests, God through Moses told his priests to burn their daughters if they indulge in sex before marriage (Leviticus 21, Captioned, Regulations For The Conduct of Priests). Here also, the Bible, or God, makes no mention of what ought to be done to the son of the priest if he indulges in premarital sex (If you are the daughter of a man of God, give thanks to civilization and the heathens who propelled it, because we know you're not a virgin). And oh, the Bible says a man can rape a virgin and just walk away, by paying the dowry for virgins in Deuteronomy 22:28-29. This is the text which classifies the woman among a man's property. Elaborating on this will make this text too long and I am trying very hard to prevent that. Another sermon will be devoted to that soon.

Let us end today's sermon with this text ... "For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man - 1 Corinthians 11:8-9" so why worry yourself as a Christian, fighting for gender equality? The Bible is very emphatic, that "the head of every woman is the man" (this is the word of the Lord). 1 Timothy 2, from verse 8 downwards is unnecessarily absurd! "Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression" Ah?! So which part of the Bible teaches you (yes you!, the christian feminist) to fight for gender equality? It has never been the will of the Lord your God, and it will never be! 

Amen!




Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Bogeymen of intra-African Trade

Irrespective of the quantum of goods and services that cross borders within Africa, trade will continually remain a growth mechanism. It creates jobs, reduces poverty, and in the case of Africa, represents the champion who will harness any integration agenda being pursued. Issues on intra-African trade seems to emerge on the docket of every major regional summit, with leaders devoting time and effort to unearth dead-on boulevards around the demurrers of a robust intra-African trade. The economic benefits of trading (some stated earlier) is common knowledge these days; export gains, specialisation and importing resources that are exclusive to other regions … so with all these glaring benefits, one must be wondering what the bogeymen of a wholesome intra-African trade are, because statistics disinter the continent's trade frailties.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

It's Not a Worthy Opportunity Cost (Writing Process Blog Tour 2014) ...

Twitter is a virtual continent and over there, we travel without passports and visas. Just a re-tweet from a Tonga resident and some people on the Island can see me and my "nonsense." The twitter nation is what is most fascinating ... things can be happening in your own country and if care is not taken, you will only hear of it. I was honored when my buddy Efo Dela (@Amegaxi) handed the baton to me to write about my blogging process. This is something other great bloggers have started, and I must add again that I'm honored to have received the baton from Efo.

What Am I Working On?
In recent times I have gone too easy on my blog. Before, #blogfridayGH was the "noise" that made me committed to blogging at least once a week [... it will return soon, bigger and better]. But when I get the chance, I write about anything I believe will interest those who visit my blog. Economic issues may dominate articles on my blog and that is because I believe everything we do prudently at any given time is practicing Economics. But then I have decided to segregate my thoughts on my blog ... leaving this blog for everything serious and terryabban.com for everything not so serious. I have also been invited to blog for a huge organisation ... that will be a subject for another discussion later.

Friday, 14 February 2014

From The Economy With Love ...

The economy gave me a call last night, .. a long call, which lasted for approximately five minutes. "Long" because mostly when he calls, we talk for less than a minute. He was not happy about how we keep being vocal about his condition ... the fact that many are complaining that they can't even afford a bar of chocolate for Valentine's or National Cocolate Day ... 

The Economy: Economista, Ghana fo kasa! All they do is to blame me for everything, even in their dreams!

Economista: Massa, slow down! What do you expect from Ghanaians, when your headache has refused to disappear. You know your headache is the migraine of Ghanaians!

The Economy: Blame the doctors! The diclofenac they gave me was nothing but white tablets made of kokonte powder.

Economista: You are not serious! Let me ask you this ... how do you explain my empty wallet facing tomorrow's Valentine's day and National Choco day?!

The Economy: Economista don't be silly! You are to show love to your friends everyday, shower them with gifts and presents every day and stop this valentine nonsense, I expected you to know better!

Economista: Economy Kwaku, but here is the case you're so sick ... I can't even afford a new boxer every month, let alone surprise my friends everyday. Inflation is now over thirte....

The Economy: Massa Massa, I have told you not to talk about figures with me when I call you, I hate that. Listen, tell Ghanaians I'll be fine. And for this tweet ...
I forgive you. When I share my problems with you, I do so knowing our relationship automatically buys your silence. Agya Appiah Bitters has been helpful I must admit.

Economista: Well I'm sorry .. The earlier you get better, the better for us. When your condition gets to me, I just put my frustrations in ... [busy tone beeps] 



Thursday, 13 February 2014

Fishing Bulls

The cow caught at sea
Astonishing events? Visit Ghana. This is the only country in the world, whose economy eats fufu with ivory chopsticks, and calls a $1,000 apartment the burj al-arab. We have come very far with miraculous events in 2014, with the Cedi winning gold medals and breaking records in "skiing". A post on the Cedi will come tomorrow, but today ... we are fishing for bulls!

I would not even attempt to explain this, but if i were a fisherman and a net i did cast at see over three hours catches a bull, I will gallop a million times faster than the rate at which the value of the cedi has fallen against the dollar over the past two weeks. And this is not even the first of such phenomenon. A group of fishermen also did catch deer at see! This is extremely healthy for the economy ... a miracle is what this economy needs, and such miracles are so much needed in the Cedi's performance against the dollar.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Inflation Report From The "Afterworld"

nb: this article is for those who believe in the afterlife ...

Recent reports reaching me from the afterworld suggest that, our ancestors are experiencing some extremely rapid hikes in the percentage increases in the prices of goods and services. Some of the most famous of this phenomenon recorded on earth was the hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic between June 1921-January 1924 and quite recently, in Zimbabwe. That which happened in Germany (Weimar Republic) was mainly caused by borrowing to fund their participation in World War I, while that of Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe between 1999-2009 was mainly attributed to a sharp drop in food production. The report i got from the afterworld suggests something similar, if not worse.

The first question I asked the afterworld newshound was "is there a common currency in the afterworld or there exist a Forex Bureau?" He looked at me and the obvious hee-haw was for close to 65 seconds. He paused and said "you must be crazy!" ... then the hee-haw continued. I was confused, to be frank. This afterworld newshound was making fun of me. But the whole idea of a persistent rise in the percentage increase in the prices of goods and services in the afterworld baffles me. What are these goods and services there? Are there central banks there too? No, I seriously need some answers ... do general business activities go down there?

Friday, 17 January 2014

The 21st Century Church

I grew up questioning faith, God's existence and the legitimacy of miracles ... even as far back as Sunday school. Just after BECE, I had a chronic back pain from long hours of religiously pinning my butt down behind my books. I was trusting God for a miracle ... fasted and prayed. God's time for that miracle did not unfold. Then there was first year in SSS where a man of God predicted before the whole congregation of students, that I'll lead them as their school prefect ... which materialized. Why i sited these two personal examples in this article is left for the reader to decrypt.

These days, "the Church" has evolved into one of the most lucrative ventures around, considering the existence of  a constant, and a tried-and-true revenue source, which of course is tax free! Most pastors these days enrich themselves with the accumulated 10% on the incomes of the congregation [of whom most struggle with paying bills]. 31st Night "Cross-Over, Leap-Over, Jump-Over, Box-Over, Sword-Over" services granted most pastors a favorable juncture of circumstances to preach about sowing seeds in cash to reap God's blessings in prosperity for the coming year.

The grass eating congregation
We heard the report from Uganda (20th March, 2000), when a self-styled prophet lured and burnt more than 500 members of his congregation, including children, after he had succeeded in convincing them to sell all their belongings and donated the proceeds to him as license to heaven. Then of course, the pastor who was remanded for whipping a church member to death in 2009 right here in Ghana. Just last year, there were reports of a pastor lashing the congregation for sinning, including pregnant women who visited the hospital ... again, right here in Ghana. Then the 11th January story, where a pastor in South Africa convinced his congregation to eat grass to get closer to God.


The man of God who stands on his church members ...
Writing long is not my style, and this article seems to be getting long. I haven't even established a point in here, but I believe scattered as each paragraph may be, readers can extract their own denotations. I leave you with this picture .. >>>

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Side-Boo of The Side-Boo

Ekow met Obenewaa online, on Facebook
Both claimed to be in a relationship
Obenewaa was dating a married man
And Ekow, with a girl he claims to have "devirginized"

After a long night of sexting on whatsapp
With Ekow emphasizing he's yet to cheat
Obenewaa didn't have a problem with philandering
But deep down within him, he wanted to "TTA"

Two days after knowing themselves lushly
Obenewaa asked Ekow to visit on the third day
It was around 7pm and he knew he'll sleepover
If he's to "Tap That Ass", she'll be his second ever