Pentecostalism, Media and the Politics of Homosexuality in Contemporary Ghana

Francis Benyah


This article focuses on the role of religion, specifically Pentecostal Christianity, and the media in shaping the public debate on homo-sexuality. Pentecostal leaders have generally used the media as a main platform for their politicisation of homosexuality. Using the theory of mediatisation, this article examines ways in which religion and the media play a role in sensitising, influencing, and shaping people’s perceptions and attitudes towards homosexuality in Ghana. The article argues that the increasing role of the media and the infusion of religious ideas, beliefs, and values in the debate on homosexuality has a tendency of influencing, framing, and shaping people’s minds and attitudes towards homosexuality.

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