19 March 2013

Liberia's Christians Demand End to Secular State, Restoration of 1847 Preamble

The Capitol, the seat of the Liberian Legislature was on Tuesday a scene of Christian worship services. Over a thousand Christians descended on the capitol to petition their lawmakers to restore Liberia to its Christian Heritage.

After a long period of worship, Chairman of the Liberia Restoration to Christian Heritage committee Rev. Jomah Woiwor read a letter petition on behalf of the many who had gathered.

"We are assembled as a physical representation of the Liberian people to present to you, the legislature, and our collective will to consider our petition of constitutionally restoring Liberia to a Christian nation as provided by chapter X11 article 91 of the 1986 revised constitution."

Article 91 states, This Constitution may be amended whenever a proposal by either

(1) two thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature or (2) a petition submitted to the Legislature, by not fewer than 10,000 citizens which receives the concurrence of two thirds of the membership of both Houses of the Legislature, is ratified by two thirds of the registered voters, voting in a referendum conducted by the Elections Commission not sooner than one year after the action of the Legislature.

Rev. Woiwor said the churches involved have gathered more than the required signatures of 10,000 to amend the constitution. "Today we make a historic petition of more than 700,000 Liberians from the 15 political subdivisions of Liberia."

After singing, dancing and prayers by the crowd of Christians, some lawmaker including Senator Jewell Howard Taylor(NPP, Bong County), Clarice Jah(Liberty Party, Margibi), Solomon George(CDC, Montserrado County and Gabriel Nyenkan(Unity Party) came out to receive the petition. The Lawmakers themselves were seen worshiping with the huge crowd as they bowed in prayer.

Standing before the members of the Legislature, the Man of God said the preamble of the founding constitution laid the foundation of Christian heritage."Africa acknowledging with devout gratitude, the goodness of God in granting to us the blessings of the Christian religion and political, religious and civil liberty, do, in order to secure these blessings for ourselves and our posterity, and to establish the justice, insure domestic peace, and promote the general welfare, hereby solemnly associate, and constitute ourselves a free, sovereign and independent state by the name the Republic of Liberia, and do ordain and establish this constitution for the governance of the same, he read.

"Moreover", he stressed, section 3 of the 1847 constitution states: "No sect of Christian shall have exclusive privileges or preferences over other sects". According to the petition this sentence was craftily changed to suit the secular agenda. However, he said the writers of the 1986 constitution cleverly removed the clause, 'no sect of Christian shall have exclusive' and replaced it with the controversial clause, 'no sect of religion shall have privileges'."

The petition emphasized that the two clauses are not the same." The concepts of sect of Christians and the sect of religion are not the same. We view this as a direct attack on our Christian Heritage. Any nation that divorces her history ceases to exist as that particular nation."

Rev. Woiwor said the Bible frowns on what the writers of the 1986 constitution did. The Bible, upon which Liberia was birthed, warns against removing the ancient landmarks, Proverb 22:28. In his conclusion the head of the Christian group said their action is a volcano that cannot be put off. 'If it goes to the referendum and the people say no then let God name be praise. But nobody should stand before it. This is a volcano, there is no fire break it that can cut it off. "

Speaking to reporters after the presentation of the petition Senator Taylor said all the Christians are trying to do is to put in place what the foundation already establishes. "You know in the days of old God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, it was based on that written document that the Israelites were held to account. So all we are trying to do is put in place what the foundation of our country was and we pray that God will touch the hearts of all Liberians to live in unity and peace."

Receiving the petition on behalf of the House of Representative, Gabriel Nyenken (Unity Party) there is nothing hard for God. "We are going to take this petition to the body. God to the angel to speak to Abraham and say, is here anything too hard for God?

For her part Senator Clarice Jah said: "God will arise and his enemies will be scattered." We ask God to rise, He will arise and his enemies will be scattered. This petition is not ending here. We are moving on it's the beginning. And this parade will lead us to the referendum, which will lead us to the constitutional act and Liberia will return."

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