The Analyst (Monrovia)

14 November 2012

Liberia: We Seek Decent, Orderly Society -Sheik Kafumba F.Konneh

The Chairman of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), Sheik Kafumba Konneh said as head of the institution, he is under obligation to create a social climate of morality, decency and orderliness in the hope that Liberia will once again become a wholesome functioning state or society.

Speaking as Guest launcher during the official launch of the signature solicitation scheme of the Anti-Gay Right Campaign held over the weekend at the Mandela Sports Ground located at Point Four in Bushrod Island, Mr.Konneh said religion heeds the cadence of morality, adding that no one can be religious and immoral at the same time.

He said the council stands firmly in unity with all Muslims, Christians and followers of other faiths and all God-fearing people of the country to openly denounce and vehemently condemn the Man to Man and Woman to Woman marriage in Liberia.

Mr. Konneh noted that Liberians should condemn any attempts to destroy and corrupt both religious and traditional family value system; destroying it through blind-folding and other flattery stratagems, including monetary manipulations in the name of what is purported to be “Human Rights”.

He added that why international conventions and treaties on human rights are welcome, “we must appreciate that human creation and placement on earth have specific purpose and is not an aimless and endless objectives.

The Muslim cleric stated that the council comprises the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and the National Muslim Council (NMCL) do not see the pursuit of rights as an exercise of personified freedom that entails decent human character, dignity and respectability neither do we see anything that has the least tendency of corrupting or hindering the universally accepted tradition of procreation sanctioned by the Almighty himself.

The Anti-Gay Right Campaign was organized by the New Citizen Movement Incorporated in Conjunction with the Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Association of the Evangelicals of Liberia, Prophetic Call To Ministers, Christian Community in Liberia, Full Gospel Ministries Association of Liberia, Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, Liberian Council of Churches, National Traditional Council of Liberia and the Government of Liberia among others.

Also speaking at the occasion , the General overseer of the New Water in the Desert Pentecostal Church, Rev. Kortu K. Brown says the primary objectives of the Anti-Gay Right Campaign is to ensure that the Man to Man and Woman to Woman marriage is not legalized in Liberia.

Rev Brown said the second goal of the initiatives is to ensure that sodomy is not decriminalized because as there’s already a law in the Liberian Constitution that says if one is guilty of a sodomy; or play with man or woman, he can go to jail for one year.

Rev Brown said that the law is already here which a misdemeanor offense is and it is in our own law book or constitution; which he anticipated that they don’t want that law to be remove from in the Liberian Constitution.

He indicated that the campaign focus is to get to all of the big organizations, Christians and Muslims to converge and make their voices heard on homosexuality in Liberia.

The clergyman noted that if one should take a walk in to the various communities, they will know that people are opposing to same sex activities in Liberia.

According to Rev. Brown the New Citizen Movement is also expected to reach out to a broad spectrum of the Liberian Citizenry with the Ant-Gay Right or Same Sex Marriage campaign Messages in the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia to tell them about the effect and danger that is involved.

He thanked God for huge turnout at the events and expressed satisfaction over the number of signatories garnered at the launch.

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