A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a “disorder” in an interview.
Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: “It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion.”
He added: “I do not incite violence against gays and lesbians. I believe it is a disorder which we must empathise with and not otherwise. I will never take human life. It is a sin against Jah. We burn fire on homosexuals to cleanse them spiritually because fire signifies purity. It is not a physical fire.”
Amnesty International criticised Blakk Rasta, saying his remarks would “perpetuate a climate of discrimination and intimidation against LGBT people”.
The human rights group said: “To describe homosexuality as a ‘disorder’ is simply abhorrent – and [his] comments should be condemned vigorously from all quarters.
“Sadly his comments reflect a growing rise of homophobia across Africa and those prevailing attitudes need to be challenged.”