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Time with the Atheist Who Owns Churches

Atheist who own churches

Somewhere middle of last year, I had the opportunity to attend an entrepreneurial conference and as part of my usual stuff, I made time to build networks. I met Mr. A (hypothetical name), a relatively younger and well-grounded businessman who was part of the guests.

I chose to meet him because his delivery was catchy and convincing; the overriding theme that characterized his speech was “SMARTNESS”. If there’s anything I remember him for, it certainly is the concluding part of his presentation–“I am not rich; I am smart. If you take all my wealth away, I could create it back within a flash so far as my head still functions. If you’re rich without a resourceful brain, you lose hope at a flinch of misfortune”.

Now let me quickly expose you to my personal observation about speeches delivered by businessmen and motivational speakers. On the real, majority of them mostly end up wasting productive time and as well brag with theories without making any practical headway. Apart from the usual “save money” advice that even the layman could give, these supposed business minded people mostly fail to state categorically, a well-developed pragmatic start-up plan required to fuel an infant  business.

With that in mind, I chose to relate with Mr. A on a later date to get specific details about the master plan with which he broke through and made his money. My knowledge in human relation has actually helped me to build a good rapport and quickly familiarize myself with him. With time, we became close friends and actually relate on personal grounds.

Few months into our friendship I got a rumour he’s an atheist which I didn’t believe because I knew him as a very religious person. Since I don’t work with speculations, I’ve decided to test him with either “God bless you” or “Jesus is coming soon” statements.

Now, if you’re familiar with or has ever had a typical atheist as a friend or relative, you’ll get to know the magnitude of hatred they have for those statements. If you receive a favour from a Gnostic atheist and you make the statement “God bless you”, you better pray for the intervention of the spirit of tolerance. If not, gentleman, you’ve marred your relationship with him.

Second, if you put the anger of an intrinsic atheist to test, with the “Jesus is coming soon” statement, and that particular atheist is not a prodigal one, he will not under any circumstance argue that with you. He will throw a usual dare by asking you to “take a marker and write Jesus is coming soon on his wall; when you’re 60 and He (Jesus) doesn’t, he will bring you back to buy a paint and clean the nonsense”.

I tried the second with utmost caution but it backfired. He predicted it and we both laughed it off. He then set a later date to feed my curiosity which I honoured and he opened up.

“Kwame; when I finished my first degree and completed my service, things were so tough. I wrote numerous application letters seeking jobs that never really existed. I took thousands of aptitude tests but couldn’t get a call up. After three (3) good years, I realized I was lacking hence an urgent need to take an action. My course of study taught me to utilize my environment to my benefit so I did few visibility studies and discovered what actually sells in Ghana: religion and politics. They sell faster than anything.

Politics requires connection and demands money relative to religion. I chose religion and started with few friends (atheist). We pooled resources together, started a fifty (50) member capacity church and recruited a pastor. Within six months, we were able to expand it. It went on and on till where we are now. We have 3 major branches operated by well-trained pastors and accountants on regular salaries. We only supervise, take the cash, renovate and build new structures.”

On What Happens When the Members Get To Know They Are Not Believers?

“….religious people hardly change their minds on things they believe. It’s not a possibility but if it does we would have captured a lot of grounds and built structures. It’s a whole project and we’ll easily convert it into a business and employ them back. They don’t have a choice. We actually built other businesses from what we made from the church where some of them actually work. It’s a huge business on its own and it fetches a lot. It’s just a thing about business; you should be smart.

On Ideological Conflicts:

Yes we are aware we don’t like anything religious but there are exceptions when it comes to business. The fact is, the atheist community knew that religious people don’t listen to anything apart from their respective doctrines so instead of engaging them in a fruitless argument, play their card by acting like one of them. We don’t have the time to argue, we do business with them. It makes more sense.

On Sharing This Mind Blowing Discovery in a Write-Up:

You can but I’m trusting your words not to disclose to anyone my identity or that of the church–aside that, I’m cool. They should be smart and make good use of their environment too.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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Recent Craze for Doom Prophecies: The need for Standards to Regulate and Promote Decorum

Prophecies of Doom

The idea of taking undue advantage of people’s vulnerability to the fear of the unknown to spit out anything that comes to mind will only end up subjecting the practice to ridicule. The recent craze for death threats, curses and what have you as a way of persuasion is just unreasonable and I think it’s about time the Christian council define standards to regulate the outburst behaviour of some of these religious leaders/bodies.

I believe religion can be repackaged to project a considerable magnitude of positivism in thinking to help nurture a psychologically and emotionally healthy citizenry to drive a development agenda.
We don’t need to allow a type of religious practice that imbues fear and degrades the moral strength of people through all sorts of human fabricated obligations and unnecessary misfortune biased pronouncements in the form of prophecies.

I am not disputing the fact that there are predictions that do materialize–of course, we’ve seen lots of that in both academia and religion. We have scientific theories propounded in 17th/18th centuries that are still making contextual sense with their predictions in this 21st century.

We had great scholars ranging from Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Einstein, Aristotle, and their contemporaries who studied historical trends, socio-economic, cultural and scientific realities to draw conclusions and make predictions with accuracy or near accuracy which goes a long way to say that, religion does not have an absolute monopoly over predictions.

In the history of religion, there were great prophets who predicted and it came to pass but the difference between their practice and the current craze for doom Prophecy is that, their’s were more preventive, conditional and sensible which shared some scientific similarities.

There were instances where scientists came out with predictions of say, earthquakes or eclipse and advice appropriately like past religious prophets did with their prophecies. Scientists will tell you clearly that, at 1pm prompt, there’ll be an eclipse which will result in a total blackout so avoid driving and direct eye contact, or there will be an earthquake so move from your current position.

The unfortunate side of doom prophecy is that, if a prophet of doom has a knowledge of an upcoming eclipse or earthquake, he will predict your blindness, accident, death and pray it happens for him to gain popularity instead of telling you the available remedies.

There must be standards to regulate such occurrences to promote decorum in religious practices in this country. There should be an obligation that requires anyone that alleges or asserts anything in this country, either in the form of prophecies, voodoo pronouncement or what have you to provide the basis under which those assertions are made and attach reasonable remedies–not a solution that coerces victims to be part of the prophet’s church, cult or pay ransom amounts for redemption.

Define the standards and let them respect it.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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Martin Amidu’s ‘Perception’ and the Game of Politics

The game of politics

Assuming your claim that, “former President Mahama was wrongly accused of corruption” is right which implies that he was actually a victim of ‘Perception’ and a deliberate plot to defame, why didn’t he or any other concerned member of the party sue for substantiation knowing well that the law requires he who alleges/asserts to prove (Affirmati Non Neganti Incumbit Probato).

The big question you should be asking is, who in politics cares if that claim is right? The game of politics is a dirty one that features the smart not a child’s play nor that of the “innocent” and the weak. If you’re allergic to dirt, you don’t wrestle with a pig. If you hate fire, you have no business in the kitchen. Same way if you’re not smart, you should fall out of politics and get yourself a job that best suits your personality.

Political game is about how loud you can project your image to the masses by tarnishing that of your opponent. It is about the magnitude of denigration you can ‘shoot’ to the camp of your opposition with all the arsenals at your disposal. It is about how strong your propaganda machinery is.

I can without fear of any myopic political tag say that, the 2016 propaganda machinery of the New Patriotic Party was one of the best any political party has ever had. It was well organized with youthful exuberance throwing political career damaging jabs from all angles whilst ‘yaanom’ were “power-drunk” and exchanging pleasantries with arrogance.

“Otashi Otwa tea” now you’re here crying over spilt milk that Martin Amidu said his corruption allegations were based on perception.

What was your propaganda machinery doing when others were busily drafting strong worded campaign statements? Where was your damage control when the damage was being caused? Where was your defense when the attacks were mounted to ‘assassinate’ John Mahama’s political character as you’ve claimed?

Y’all harboring sentiments and unfounded emotional bombs lurking to spot a blame game and explode should hold your chill and rather advise your people to correct their flaws. Channeling your energy towards an unproductive social media rant is a complete waste of time. Nobody really cares. We seriously don’t.

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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What Exactly Is Pushing the Police Force to Package Its Grievances and Surrender Them to God in Prayers?

Ghana Police

When I first read the news feed that “Ghana Police set February 4th, 2018 to pray for safety and divine protection for all police officers against attacks by criminals”, I was tempted to consult my grammatical oracles, build some vocabulary muscles and do my usual opinion columnist stuff by venting my anger on them for denigrating the 21st century essence of our nation, projecting Ghana with a theologically stagnant image, imposing archaic theocratic tenets on the nation and as well remind them of the good news version of Proverbs 19:3 that “Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord” BUT a second analysis of that particular decision revealed a game changing question which is worth addressing.

The response to that is very obvious–one does not require a PhD in theology to comprehend the basis or factors that predisposes typical religious people to seek God’s intervention on issues of concern. When the human systems put in place to deal with a particular need fails to deliver, the people are forced to go beyond human capacity in pursuit of a God redress.

The police system need to be resourced to be in a better position to function to expectation. Take some time off and read about the mode of operation of high ranking police forces in the world. If you juxtapose the Ghanaian policing system to that of the Japanese, the Americans, the French, the Canadians and many others, you’ll discover a vast difference factored around resources and management.

Subject the human resource of Ghana Police to a litmus test and see the rather unfortunate results it will produce. The outcome of that test will smell of nepotism if not favoritism. You will see a set of unqualified party favorites riding on the political powers of some bigwigs who risk national security for selfish personal and party interests.

Take the operational autonomy of the force yet again—I mean the very freedom of the police to execute their duties without fear or favor. They cannot brag of that professional right. Their internal structures have been begrimed with politics and inhumane job security threats forcing majority of them to compromise on professionalism. Do we blame the police for it? Certainly not. It’s way beyond their control.

The least said about infrastructural facilities of the Ghanaian police the better. They adopt all sorts of deceptive mechanisms ranging from the wearing of synthetic resins with thermoplastic features to deceive the public to believe it’s a bulletproof, hold guns with no bullets and many others to project a professional image that never really existed.

The major thing that beats my understanding and makes me shed tears for the average policeman is that, the nation they pledge allegiance to protect in all matters turns out to betray and gamble with their lives. This same nation failed to resource the force to enhance their work but continuously produces hard-core criminals.

Ghanaian leaders have successfully produced criminals out of the numerous disgruntled certified unemployed graduates and as well promoted insurgency. There were people who were recruited by politicians into the force, trained to handle diverse weapons but later relieved off post into their respective communities on grounds of qualification. What do you expect the ripple effect to be? A crime ridden society is what is being created. Who do you expect to control these criminals? The ill-resourced police force? With what capacity?

All these constitute the factors that seem to be making the police uniform look more like a suicide jacket. The average police officer is gradually losing that professional energy and the courage with which to wear his uniform just for the fear of the hard-core “shoot-to-kill” criminals out there which on the real shouldn’t be the case. The criminals must fear and give due respect to the police like they do to the military not the other way round.

Amidst all these leadership neglects, time bombs and death threats looming towards the police force, it will be very disheartening of anyone to rank himself a moral police and question that decision of the force to seek redress from God. The human system they so believed in has failed them miserably and it makes absolute sense to seek external support. Don’t blame the police, blame the system.

Richard Kwame Krah

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The Gitmo 2 Saga: A Game of Politics and Slander

GITMO 2 IN GHANA

In 2016, when the then ruling government (NDC) decided to accommodate Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, the two ex- Guantanamo Bay detainees, the minority then (NPP) disputed that decision with all aversions.

They’ve stated reasons ranging from threat to the Ghanaian security as well as speculated allegations of some alleged underground transaction between the Obama administration and that of John Dramani Mahama.

I could remember how it was successfully articulated as one of the New Patriotic Party’s 2016 campaign strategy to incite the common voter against their political rivals.

I equally remembered how the Catholic Bishops Conference consistently pressured the government calling for the repatriation of the two detainees to the United States.

Now the NPP in power, minister for foreign affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, is telling Ghanaians that the supposedly dangerous GITMO 2 have been granted refugee status premised on a clause of “possible integration” hence there isn’t a need for repatriation.

I wish I could equally advance the numerous “threat to security” arguments but it’s not worth the time–what is important is the slanderous image this act of contradictory political unfaithfulness seem to be painting  of the highest court of our land.

The Supreme Court ruled out the legality of the GITMO 2 agreement with a strong argument of a breach of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution by the then President John Dramani Mahama.

The court went forth as accurate as I could remember to give a three month ultimatum to parliament to either ratify the final majority decision or the court will be compelled to repatriate.

If the Supreme Court concluded that, whoever signed this agreement goofed big time, why are there so many political powers at play that seem to be overshadowing the court’s decision?

The mere fact that the minority now–I mean the very people who accepted this offer when they were in power are seeking clarity on reasons for their stay after the stipulated time has elapsed and the majority who use to avert this decision deciding to defend it now is actually rendering this whole thing very dilemmic and fishier than we ever perceived it.

What actually is the game changing factor? Is there anything juicy surrounding this whole GITMO 2 saga that the lay voter doesn’t have a clue of?

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TIME WITH THE PRESIDENT…

#President Nana Addo

#KWAME

Congratulations first and foremost Mr. President for appointing the former Attorney General who happens to come from the camp of the opposition to occupy such a delicate portfolio. It is a politically correct decision, wise by all standards and a way of frustrating your opposition.

#THE PRESIDENT:

Your complement is well noted Kwame. I am equally well informed of your consistent interest in national issues. Keep the good work up. What motivates you to do this anyways?

#KWAME:

The Rot in the system Mr. President. A mere sight of fat bellied super rich hypocritical politicians with insatiable greed amidst a poverty stricken citizenry, substandard leadership full of managerial incompetence, consistent friends and family governance amidst high rates of unemployment, disheartening acts of injustice perpetuated against the layman as well as the proliferation of abominable Corruption. I am allergic to them.

#THE PRESIDENT:

Great. The issue of corruption is very worrisome and of delicate concern to me particularly that of the NDC. You saw how they presided over a government that bloated a budget just to draw pictures of ex-Presidents on vehicles, and also instigated those inhumane SADA- GEEDA frauds and so many others? Martin Amidu will soon probe everything fishy by those past corrupt government officials and bring them to book.

#KWAME:

Yes I saw all that with all humility Mr. President. But I don’t think corruption is peculiar to one administration. Your infantile government is equally tagged already with corruption allegations ranging from the insignificant Ghc1,800 each fine for a first degree felony of court evasion by the delta force, the BOST and PURC saga, a hooping Ghc800,000 for a website, 100,000 for seat and many more. Will the special prosecutor deal with them too?

Secondly, what is your definition for “past corrupt government officials”? Does it start from the time of the first Democratic government till date or the focus is just on the John Dramani Mahama lead administration?

#THE PRESIDENT:

The definition of past corrupt government officials? I will leave that for the right office to determine. The Ghc800,000 for a website I was told is a “typographical error”, the BOST, PURC, and delta force cases are stories for the gods. As for the 100k for seats, “I am not aware”. A committee is looking into that so let’s leave it aside. If I seek your opinion on who to lay off in my government, who will you suggest?

#KWAME:

I will humbly suggest the person (s) who advised you to make that statement at the sod cutting for the one district one factory at Ekumfi–“it is envisioned that 51 districts will actually start the implementation of their enterprises (factories) by the end of the year (2017)”. I personally think he, she or they should have prompted you to organize a press conference or seize a good opportunity to explain to Ghanaians why you couldn’t even build a retail shop talkless of a factory before the end of 2017. That would have helped you to lay issues to bare and provide answers to all the ‘WHY’ questions to clear the doubts of the numerous hungry unemployed graduates awaiting that initiative. It equally shows a sign of respect for the intelligence of the common voter and I strongly believe the good people of Ghana will appreciate and accept you for telling them the truth than keeping mute on it.

#THE PRESIDENT:

“Wo aka Asem oo”! That was the exact thing that came to mind–to address all those issues in my end of year message but I thought they may misconstrue the idea and take me for a liar. I equally thought of the propaganda the minority will make out of it but it’s not too late anyways. Put that aside and let me ask my last question.

If an election is scheduled for next year and I ask you to persuade Ghanaians, who will you suggest they vote for?

#KWAME:

I will advise them to either vote for “a collation of the minor parties (that is if they’ll ever consider that) or find something better doing with their lives on that faithful day. The NDC and NPP are cousins who deserve to be alienated from anything politics in this country if we’re indeed serious about development.

#THE PRESIDENT:

But the current research by Dr Bossman, a lecturer from the political science department of the University of Ghana predicted a win of approximately 52 percent for the NPP. What do you say about that??

#KWAME:

Mr. President, Dr Bossman is a staunch member of the NPP lecturers’ caucus which simply implies the celebrants of that finding are only dancing to a music composed by a gentleman to adjudge his mother’s soup. A research conducted on a sample size of five thousand people out of a population of about thirty million with not even a clearly defined method is a layman’s research. Generalizing that result will be the lamest mistake to be committed by any scholar. Per my opinion, such researches only end up granting the beneficiary a false hope to put him/her in a “COMFORTABLE LEAD”. If you need further explanation on that statement, ask the NDC. They will school you on how devastating the effect of that statement can be.

#THE PRESIDENT:

“Comfortable lead” sounds familiar though. I understand exactly where you’re coming from and I will do the necessary by reminding my people to work hard and curb the dire effects of that pronouncement. Kwame, let’s call it shot. I have some ministerial reshuffling to do. I will invite you on a later date…

#KWAME:

I doff my hat for your time Mr. President. There’s no need catching feelings if my response sounds a bit “irregular”. Speaking to Presidents is typical of my dreams anytime I eat Daavi’s kenkey before sleeping on my crooked bed. I will still send a narrative of the dream to your inbox anyways. Regards!!!

 

Richard Kwame Krah

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