Suit against national cathedral lacks substance - Attorney General

The Director of Elections for the Conventions People's Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bonfeh, popularly known as Kabila, dragged the government of Ghana to the Supreme Court over its intention to build a national cathedral.


She said the plaintiffs of the suit have misunderstood what the laws of Ghana says about religious activities.

The Attorney General, in a statement of case signed by her Deputy, Godfred Dame said a country that has for many years observed principal religious celebrations as public holidays cannot be said to be one that does not recognise the existence of a Supreme Being of God.The statement stated, “we respectfully submit that a country that invokes the name of God in its pledge of allegiance and anthem, regularly observes religious holidays as public holidays and grants formal representation on a constitutional body to specifically named religious bodies, cannot be said to subscribe to a vision of secularism that does not permit the Government to make reasonable accommodation for religion.”


He argues in his suit that Ghana is a secular state and it was therefore wrong for the state to be “excessively entangled in any religion or religious practice.”

The statement from the Attorney General further points to the fact that: “The State has not adopted any policy or enacted any law which allows the State to provide support to any religion for which State interference is required (through surveillance and substantial controls) to ensure that the support or aid is not diverted".


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