Former Liberian Interim President Warns Against Attempts To ‘Christianize’ Liberia

Professor-Amos-sawyerThe Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has warned that any attempt to declare Liberia a Christian State through legislation will be a big mistake for the nation.

Dr. Sawyer stated the whole reform process is intended to ensure good governance for all Liberians to have access to justice, economic empowerment and inclusiveness of the governing system which over the past 40 years still remains a challenge.

The GC official made the statement Friday when he spoke on the theme “Building A Better Liberia, The Way Forward” at a forum organized by the Intellectual Discourse Committee of the Center for the Promotion of Intellectual Development (CENPID) on Carey Street in Monrovia.

He noted that to Christianize Liberia by legislation is a form of marginalization which must not be tolerated within the body politic which seeks to build a strong democratic system.

He indicated that the 1847 Constitution of Liberia had laws which created separation and marginalization among Liberians for 133 years of exclusion that led to instability with a 14-year civil conflict and it should not be repeated, noting that a law was on the book that you could not vote without property.

Dr. Sawyer emphasized that it is wrong for religions to be legislated and Liberia should not choose that path because to Christianize Liberia is not part of the recommendations from the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), but a contentious issue.

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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.