Hi all

There seems to be no groups active in Ghana at the moment. I want to try to get something started. Is there anyone in Ghana on this site?

Also I'm looking for ideas for resources and strategies.

If we are going to target the general population most may not have been educated beyond primary school. I think resources designed for children would be the best. I'm looking for easy guides to evolution both written and as films.

I also want to target the fake 'signs and wonders' that the pastors, mallams and traditional priests demonstrate to prove their powers.

Another issue is the separation of church and state. Ghana is a secular state but Christian prayers form part of every official function.

Any responses would be gratefully received.

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I just joined this site even though I had been invited a while ago. It's interesting to find other atheists in Ghana. We are exceedingly rare.
One of the consequences of that is that I gave up trying to "wake people up".
I think, at this stage, only an effort by the government could change the trend.
Clearly, this is unlikely to happen now even though we did have something of the sort in the early days of the country.

Then again, you might have better ideas than I've been able to come up with and a good discussion is always welcome.
Hi Francois
Sorry I just saw your message.
I think relying on government means nothing ever happens. Members of the government seem to subscribe to religion and if they don't would they have the courage to speak out?

I think you comment about trying to "wake people up" is the key and I'm not sure whether it is possible if they enjoy being asleep! But there are others ways to get through to people. I think there are small interventions we can make and I have a few ideas. I also know a few other people in Ghana but they are not Ghanaians! Let's talk and meet.
Hi,

Your situation is like mine. I am an atheist from Zambia, Southern Africa. The issues you raise are just like what prevails around here. The pentecostals are draging my country into deeper and deeper christian insanity so much one fails see what makes sense and what doesnt. We even had a president who "declared" our country a "christian nation"; whatever that means!

Though there is some level of resistnce to such direction among the citizenry, especially the educated, I have problems trying to pick out free-thinkers who can put up an organised and frank oposition to this trend. Our national televisions are awash with fake pastors, prophets, apostles, you name it! Our public functions are graced with such people to levels where a foreigner to the christian faith may think jesus was born here!

Keep me posted on your pregress.
Hi
It is a really difficult situation. I have not found any Ghanaian atheists, freethinkers or agnostics although I hear they are around somewhere. They mainly seem to involved in politics and would probably be too busy to get involved. I also suspect that no one is ready to hear at the moment.
I believe that superstition and the degraded, experiential form of Christianity being practised in Ghana is responsible for some of the problems faced there. Can there be a great biologist, geologist or geneticist in Ghana if they do not accept the scientific explanations but prefer fundamentalist biblical ones?
Where I live every evening men grown men and women grunt like animals, speak a few words of gibberish which they repeat endlessly and call tongues and run a few steps, yell and fall over. This is unfortunately the intellectual level at which they understand religion. This makes it very difficult to engage in discussion.
I think all we can do is continue to talk to show that the African experience is not shared by everyone in the world and hopefully, eventually something, may get through?
Hi
It is a really difficult situation. I have not found any Ghanaian atheists, freethinkers or agnostics although I hear they are around somewhere. They mainly seem to involved in politics and would probably be too busy to get involved. I also suspect that no one is ready to hear at the moment.
I believe that superstition and the degraded, experiential form of Christianity being practised in Ghana is responsible for some of the problems faced there. Can there be a great biologist, geologist or geneticist in Ghana if they do not accept the scientific explanations but prefer fundamentalist biblical ones?
Where I live every evening men grown men and women grunt like animals, speak a few words of gibberish which they repeat endlessly and call tongues and run a few steps, yell and fall over. This is unfortunately the intellectual level at which they understand religion. This makes it very difficult to engage in discussion.
I think all we can do is continue to talk to show that the African experience is not shared by everyone in the world and hopefully, eventually something, may get through?
Sounds like a really tough situation. Even tougher than here in South Africa.

I think the way for us in Africa to handle the intense superstition and belief is not to go for them directly. They're too strong at the moment. I reckon that the first step is to begin teaching people the value of evidence - evidence in legal matters as well as in the sciences.

Another thing is to make people aware of how they can fool themselves. Why what feels like the right answer may just be self-deception. Professional magicians can be very powerful for this. "You thought it was magic? Let me show you how I did it. You see? There is no magic, but it's easy to trick people into thinking that it's real. Next time you see someone doing magic, ask yourself whether they might know some tricks that you don't."

Finally, I think a valuable tool is to teach people about different religions without endorsing any. This is what people in India believe. This is what our ancestors believed. This is what Muslims believe. And they're nice people too. They don't eat babies and worship the devil. There's evidence that exposure to the realities of other beliefs can make your own sound less impressive. You go, "Well, they're all totally different, but they all claim to be true. But none of them can prove it. What's different about my own religion?"

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