19 August 2015

Liberia: Ellen Rejects Christian State Proposition

Liberia's President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed opposition to the proposition calling for the Christianization of Liberia contained in the final report of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) which was submitted to her few days ago.

The President's position on the controversial proposition was contained in a communication that accompanied the CRC report she sent to the National Legislature for its review and action.

In the communication, President Sirleaf said she is against proposition because it has the potential to divide the people of Liberia who have been living together in peace and harmony and it also contradicts the constitution.

"I do not concur with this view. Liberia was established on a foundation of Christianity, nevertheless the founders of the republic did not then put into the constitution a declaration of Christianity as a religions of the nation," the communication quotes President Sirleaf.

According to her, the constitution of the country has always allowed freedom of religions and freedom of worship so as to avoid seeking to prescribe one religions as official state religion, and stressed "to make the country a Christian state now will only create what she called division among the people of the country who have been living together for a very long time now despite on religious belief."

"Liberians have lived and worked together willing with disharmony cause by our diverse religious belief and religious traditions." The Liberian leader further noted that Article 14 of the Liberian Constitution clearly separates the state from religion and furthers that the state shall establish no one religion as the state religion.

A special committee headed by former Chief Justice of Liberia Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott was set up by the President to review the constitution of Liberia. In March of this year the committee, at a conference held in Gbanga, Bong County approved series of proposition to be change within the constitution of the country among which was proposition 24 which calls for the Christianization of the state.

This proposition since it approval has sparked heated debate in every street corners and intellectual centers of the country with the Muslims feeling hugely marginalized and has threatened to even stage a civil disobedience if this proposition is voted for comes the referendum.

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