16 May 2016

Liberia: Muslims Welcomes LCC Rejection of Christian State

Monrovia — The National Muslim Council of Liberia has welcomed the recent statement by the Liberia Council of Churches denouncing Proposition 24 of the Constitution Review Committee which seeks to make Liberia a Christian State.

At a special Executive Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Muslim Council said the position by the Liberia Council of Churches reinforces their collective commitment to provide national level leadership towards the promotion of peace and harmony in Liberia.

According to a release issued last Friday and signed by the Council's Secretary General Sheikh Akibu Sherif and approved its National Chairman Sheikh Omaru A. Kamara, "the Muslim Council recalls that the events surrounding Proposition 24 ignited an unfortunate stalemate between Muslim and Christian leaders, and threatened to disband the Inter Religious Council of Liberia, which had been a pillar in the search for peace in Liberia for the past 25 years.

"We see the decision of the Liberia Council of Churches as grounded in historical and humanistic discourses, and a commitment to making Liberia a bastion for peaceful coexistence irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity or religion.

"As a further manifestation of our respect for the position taken by the Council of Churches, the National Muslim Council of Liberia has immediately restored its membership with the Interreligious Council of Liberia.

"We hold that the foresight shown by the Council of Churches reveals that there remains Christian Leaders of compelling moral obligations to peace and stability in Liberia, who must be supported in their moral leadership to promote peaceful coexistence in Liberia.

"We are hopeful that making prompt decisions in these trying times will strengthen efforts at peace and limit possibilities of fundamentalists and new movements growing within religious settings.

"Considering the diversity that contributes to the historical foundation of Liberia, the National Muslim Council will remain a force to foster national unity, peace, stability and development in Liberia", the release concluded.

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