Double standards - 4 things Otabil and friends get away with but not Obinim and co cannot

Double standards - 4 things Otabil and friends get away with but not Obinim and co cannot

Ghanaian Christians love their pastors. This is especially not surprising when one considers that ours is a country with a strong Christian majority.

Most church leaders are charismatic personalities who cannot be separated from the flock they lead. This makes the leaders respected sometimes even beyond the confines of their church.

But there is a ranking of respect with English-speaking church leaders perceived to have more credibility than church leaders who cannot speak good English.

As a result of this, an observer notices that English-speaking church leaders can get away with some wrongdoings and mistakes that the others may not. brings you a list of some of these things with specific examples.

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1. Mensa Otabil's role in the banking crises

The truth is that Dr Mensa Otabil is not the only popular Christian leader on the Ghanaian banking front. Rev Daniel Asiedu, formerly of Zenith Bank, also comes to mind.

Otabil had a role in the scandal that led to the collapse of Capital Bank.

But it would be unthinkable to believe Ghanaians would give the likes of Obinim or Opambour the benefit of doubt Otabil is largely enjoying now.

2. Duncan-Williams' public support for a Christian cathedral

The government of Nana Akufo-Addo is looking to provide funds and land to build a Christian Cathedral. A lot of people have found that problematic.

But in the last two or so weeks, popular preacher Nicholas Duncan-Williams has criticised Christians who are making arguments against using state funds for a religious project.

3. Dag Heward-Mills saying depression is a result of demon activity

Dag Heward-Mills is a medical doctor and by extension, a scientist. Yet the Qodesh leader alleged that depression and stress were caused by demon activity.

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This comment received next to no critical attention in Ghana. We cannot say the same if it were a popular pastor who preaches in the local language.

4. Lawrence Tetteh's insult at Ebony's memorial service

Rev. Lawrence Tetteh was the pastor who preached at the funeral of late Ghanaian artiste Ebony.

At this occasion, Tetteh took the time to unleash verbal assaults on those who had chastised the artiste while she was alive.

In fairness, we cannot say that an Opambuor or Obinim would have been forgiven easily for insulting people at a funeral service.

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