Liberians Decry Religious Leaders Accepting Political Appointments

Flash Back: President Weah preaching at his Forky Klon Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church

The accepting of political appointments by religious leaders nowadays is drawing the attention of their respective followers with more questions than answers, while majority of those who spoke to GNN last weekend are decrying those who have secured political jobs; spending more time on governmental assignments than their respective work to win souls for Christ.

The Sampling of views from cross section of Liberians and other foreign residents in Monrovia and its environs, currently GNN survey showed that 85% respondents of those who are against religious leaders been actively involved in politics; accepting appointments, and making political decisions while their congregation walloped in isolation must be condemned.

This number also questioned the sincerity of these religious leaders who they claimed have forgotten about the spiritual needs of their respective members, and spent more time on political rallies and meeting their political leader, the presidency, “Faith and state should always be kept separate,” one of those who spoke to the GNN in a rather short statement noted.

For other in the contrary, 15% of the respondents said it is right for every citizens be it religious leader must help in the rebuilding of Liberia, making specific reference of the United States when the first Amendment which ratified in 1791 states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” However, the phrase “separation of church and state” itself does not appear in the United States Constitution. Back here in Liberia the same should be applied, one those in favor of religious leaders forming part of a political group, or wanting to be appointed in government, said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.