10 March 2013

Liberia: Christians to Petition Lawmakers - Want Liberia Constitutionalized As a Christian Nation

Christians across the length of the breadth of the country are gearing up for a big show that will see them converged on the Capitol Building for the purpose of petitioning the National Legislature to create a new nomenclature for Liberia.

A circular issued by organizers of the "restoring Liberia to a Christian nation" campaign to all churches craved all believers to assemble on Tuesday March 19, 2013 to form part of what they term "history making moment."

The Liberian constitution of the 1986 makes Liberia a secular nation, meaning that all religions are allowed to be practiced but the organizers said it is not about silencing or ostracizing other religions, rather to restore the country to its post-1986 constitution status.

One of the organizers who refused to call his name when contacted but was interested in knowing the position of the reporter on the issue at stake said they are calling for the restoration of the provision that made Liberia a Christian nation.

Not willing to say what is giving rise to the decision, the unnamed organizer of the pending petition campaign said "the issue is not about what has given rise to the decision because no one asked those who removed the provision from the previous constitution why they moved it."

According to him, the whole idea behind the planned petition is to prevail on the lawmakers to ensure that Liberia is restored to a Christian nation status as it was in the past before the coming into fore of the 1986 constitution.

On whether the planned petition is the making of all denominations and not only charismatic churches, he responded in the negative: "everybody is involved. The pastor network of Liberia has given its backing to the exercise."

As to why they have waited for so long, considering the time the 1986 constitution came into being, he said they wanted Liberia to get completely democratized after years of civil upheaval.

"You know Liberia was in war for decades and could not do it at the time. At least, this is the time for us to act," he emphasized.

According to him, it was high time that they came together to restore the country a Christian nation.

The Christian community has been very vociferous against introduction or legalization of gay activities or homosexuality, condemning those who want to indoctrinate such practice in Liberia.

Since the eruption of the pro-gay campaign, Christian leaders have been gathering signatures of Christians and those who support their cause to present same to the national legislature. The March 19, 2013 planned petition, according to insiders, is the outcome of the months of behind-the-scene campaign initiated to stop Liberia from being taken over by homosexuals and gay activists.

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