Mixed reactions have taken most street corners, entertainment centers and local airwaves on the issue of Christianizing Liberia with divert views from many who are condemning this recent proposal from the just ended Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Many of those who spoke to this outlet against Liberia becoming a Christian state have all expressed fear of future religious conflict between the Muslims and Christians, noting that since Liberia was founded over dozens of decades ago, it has always remain a secular state, and asked why now?
"Liberia is not for Christians, Liberia is not for Muslims, Liberia is for everybody. We don't want Liberia to be for only one group of people," some of those who spoke to our staff questioned.
They outlined that it will not be fair to see one group of religious to be marginalized, stressing, that Liberia has 16 tribes; some people are Muslims, while others are Bahai, Buddhist as others believed in traditional religions, “It is serious, this country is threading for religious war”, Aliou Donzo speaking further noted.
For some Christian who spoke to our staff have argued that they have the backing of the majority and that a change in Liberia’s state religion would be an exercise in democracy, reflecting the people’s will for a Christian state. "The issue here isn't about Christians and Muslims," Samuel Sumo a student of the University of Liberia speaking further said.
According to Liberia 2008 census, Christians make up about 85 percent of Liberia’s population of 4 million, with Muslims constituting 12 percent and adherents of other religions and those with indigenous beliefs constituting the remainder.
Prior to 1986, Liberia’s constitution had stipulated Christianity’s special status in the founding of the country by thanking God for granting “the blessings of the Christian religion.” The current document states that all Liberians “irrespective of history, tradition, creed, or ethnic background — are of one common body politic."
With this new development in the religious sector, many are worried of further propping up of any religious conflict, noting that Liberia may soon find itself into another senseless conflict, and warned that the CRC must see reason to avoid further conflict.