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Not Just American Democrats Cursed by God

As the election approaches, some religious figures seek to control their trembling congregrants and followers by invoking a wrathful deity or a triumphant Satan should their flocks dissent from their leaders’ political views.

That’s the USA. Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone-based Concord Times reports from Ghana:

In the months and days leading to the general elections on December 7 this year the business of the prophets and other spiritualists are on the ascendancy more than ever…In some instances, there are partisan politics among even the prophets and other spiritualists, each prophesying different political parties programmes in spiritually negative or positive terms. Such tantalizing enterprise by the prophets and other spiritualists has even swayed leading newspapers that are expected to aid in rationalizing issues. The Accra-based The Ghanaian Chronicle, perhaps Ghana’s leading independent newspaper, reports that one “Mr. Moses Growther, a prophet, has stated that the former President, Flt…Lt. (rtd.) Jerry John Rawlings, was a man sent by God to punish us Ghanaians for our iniquities and disobedience to Him, hence the serious economic suffering visited on the nation. According to him, Ghanaians became indolent, after inheriting a curse from the leadership of the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah that any government who toed the line of his ideological principle would worsen the nation’s economic situation.” Since Rawlings, who has been the subject of all kinds of prophecies in the Ghanaian political game ever since he ascended into the Ghanaian political scene in 1979 in a military coup detat, is the founder of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, the above prophecy cast his party as ‘dark,’ evil and disliked by God so much so that no matter what they do God has ordained them to fail and so should not be voted for. In the same vein the prophecy cast President Kuffour’s ruling National Patriotic Party as the party of God which can bring favourable economic development to Ghana, and, therefore, worth voting for in the impending general elections

…Ghana is awash in prophets, juju-marabou mediums (who work more behind the scene and do not public pronouncements) and other spiritualists these days, and the public is swallowing it up.

Now, why do I suddenly think of Hal Lindsey, Jack Kinsella, Joseph Swank, Jerry Falwell, Doug Giles, and so on…?

(Growther is also on record as having said that the very name “Ghana” is cursed, and is “associated with evil spirits”.)

One Response

  1. “Mr. Moses Growther, a prophet, has stated that the former President, Flt…Lt. (rtd.) Jerry John Rawlings, was a man sent by God to punish us Ghanaians for our iniquities and disobedience to Him, hence the serious economic suffering visited on the nation.”

    Pretty much what I say to people who tell me that George Bush was ‘chosen by God’.

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