I roast Ghanaian Christians a lot of times and therefore when they deserve commendation, even if it’s just for failing to punish an individual for the insane religious crime of blasphemy, I shouldn’t dare rob them of it.
As recent as the early part of our 21st century, the United Nations, the supposed liberal boardroom of countries joined the call for “defamation of religion” to be punished. Of course, the organisation later realized how their call restrains freedom of expression and opinions—a conundrum it is still battling with the ashes.
Until Ghana Jesus appeared on our screens with his contemptuous teachings which sometimes make a mockery of the mythical Rabbi, Jesus Christ, I underestimated the ability of young Ghanaian Christians to find humour in such things which would lead the creator’s head to dangle on a spike in certain countries if made of Mohammed.
Ghana Jesus, Mmebusem, is a hilarious character—a clear mixture of satire and parody for both social media and mainstream TV consumption. And I am told the colossal acceptance by Ghanaians was unexpected.
Despite the mentioned and hovering open-mindedness of the Ghanaian Christian, I have been reliably informed those currently behind the Ghana Jesus skits have imposed some sort of self-restraint, to ensure that they do not go overboard with their content—over fears that they may ignite the old flame of blasphemy in the minds of Ghanaians.
Even though blasphemy is a crime which was introduced by religion to immune itself from rigorous criticism and scrutiny, the unpunished blasphemy of Ghana Jesus has confirmed that the concept is gradually losing its significance among contemporary Ghanaian Christians. They seem to care more about laughing their hearts out than scrutinising the religious suitability or otherwise of a particular local comedy.
With the above said, I do not think this means we will see Ghana Mohammed anytime soon—without widespread fury in Ghana. The Ghanaian Muslim still remains overly sensitive.