A few weeks after the dissemination by Togolese students of pornographic videos, the Conference of Bishops of Togo deplores “ the moral crisis shaking the world », In a press release published at the end of an extraordinary session on July 21 and 22 in Lomé.
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In this press release signed by Father Émile Segbedji, spokesperson for the episcopal conference, the bishops condemned the attacks on morals and invite “ parents, educators, religious leaders and various civil and public institutions to take seriously the threats facing families, especially young people and children “. They urge to put “ emphasis on education, the preservation of our human, cultural and Christian values ».
Preserve fundamental values
The episcopate thanks the country’s authorities for “Their firmness in the face of pressure from international institutions which, for several years, have tended to make their aid and development projects conditional on the adoption of questionable policies of sexual orientation and the promotion of homosexuality”. It encourages to continue the “Fight for the defense of the fundamental values on which rests any society” and “To preserve this precious heritage against the assault of policies that endanger families”.
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The family crisis has been the subject of discussions within societies for some time. For the Togolese philosopher Marcel Magloire Kuakuvi, “Threats against the family are at the level of values”. According to this academic, ” the supreme value today is the money that has destabilized the family “And” unfortunately poor parents no longer have value in the eyes of their children ».
Strengthen children’s education
In the same sense, Latifou Salami, Muslim and imam, believes that the threats against the family also lie in “ the dislocation of the family, the disrespect of parents, elders and those around them, as well as the loss of modesty and morals “. To resolve this crisis, Irénée Tokanou, Catholic playwright and radio host, suggests “ strengthen the education of children and young people exposed to depravity on the streets and on social networks ». « The parents, he notes, should not be discouraged but rather redouble their efforts ».
In addition, adds Imam Salami, it is necessary that “ parents take responsibility for educating their children by recognizing that the school does not educate but rather instructs ».
« To safeguard Togolese identity values, they must be inventoried, then disseminated through the media and social networks, for example respect for elders, respect for the word given, the safeguard of the truth and of life against curettage and abortion », Suggests Kuakuvi. And Imam Salami to underline the educational role of religious, but first of all that of the State which must ” pass laws based on African values ».