A Law Lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, Moses Foh-Amoaning has commended the government for its decision to build a national cathedral, describing the idea as “perfect.”
“I think that is perfect; that is a good idea,” he said, noting that there was no reason for people to debate over why government is supporting the building of a national cathedral.”
Mr Foh-Amoaning’s comment comes in the wake of discussions as to the necessity of a national cathedral which is to be situated at Ridge.
The proposed land for the construction of the cathedral is also in contention as government plans to relocate the residences of some nine Justices of the Court of Appeal to make way for the edifice.
But speaking on Accra-based Joy FM Tuesday morning, Mr Foh-Amoaning said the argument that Ghana is a circular state and thus, building a national cathedral for Christians contravenes the very moral fiber of the country, cannot hold water.
According to him, in describing a state as secular one does not mean, that state does not have a culture or religion.
“When we say that the state is secular in the constitution, it doesn’t mean that the state doesn’t have a culture; doesn’t have a religion,” he said, adding that majority of Ghanaians are Christians followed by Muslims and other religious sects.”
Mr Foh-Amoaning was of the view that describing Ghana as a secular state also doesn’t mean Ghana is atheistic, saying that many countries have embarked on a similar path of being secular and they are now morally rot, citing America, UK, and Western Europe as examples.
He said it is dangerous for people to advance an argument against the building of the national cathedral, arguing that if we allow ourselves as a secular state and forget about God, the devil would superimpose his values on us.
He explained, for instance, that President Akufo-Addo during his campaign in the 2016 elections campaigned on a religious mantra that “the battle is the Lord’s” and so he [Akufo-Addo] building a national cathedral was in the right direction and that there is nothing wrong with it.
According to Mr Foh-Amoaning, about 99 per cent of Ghanaians are faith-based people who want to be ruled by a certain moral direction and that “it is good the president has decided to build a national cathedral.”
“Ghanaians want to have leadership that is moral and spiritual,” he said, reiterating that “we must encourage the building of the national cathedral.”
He said people expressing views against the building of the national cathedral on social media do not represent the views of majority of Ghanaians.