Christian State Constitutional Proposition Vanishes At Legislature
Monrovia – A constitutional proposition pushing for Liberia to become a Christian State has accordingly vanished from the recommendations currently before the House of Representatives for legislative action.
Proposition 24 drawn up after nationwide consultations which concluded with a conference in Gbarnga, Bong County is pushing for Liberia to become a Christian state and amid widespread public criticisms of the proposal, FrontPageAfrica has gathered that the preposition has been removed by the House of Representatives Committee on Good Governance.
FrontPage Africa has learned that the House of Representative Committee in his final committee report to Speaker Alex Tyler has removed the proposition.
According to sources close to the committee, the final recommendations submitted to the Speaker for onward submission to plenary for deliberation does not contain the propositions in an attempt to avoid the proposition going for referendum.
Recently the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), a parent body of churches in Liberia announced that its does not support, in any form or manner, proposition #24 of the Constitution Review Committee to make Liberia a Christian Nation.
“Consequently, we, the Liberia Council of Churches, wish to announce to the government and people of Liberia, ecumenical partners, the international Community and friends, that we do not support in any form or manner proposition #24 of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to make Liberia a Christian Nation,” said Episcopal Bishop, Jonathan B. B. Hart at a recent press conference.
Given the sensitivity of the proposition and considering its implication on the nation’s security, Bishop Hart said the council elected to get involved into the debates and discussions surrounding the issue in order to inform Liberians where the church stands on the matter.
“Instead, we strongly believe that furthering our collaboration and interfaith dialogue with all those united with us by faith and humanity will strengthen our harmonious relationship and create a peaceful society for mutual coexistence irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity or religion”, the religious Cleric declared.
The decision by the LCC is being resisted by a group called the Liberia Restoration to Christian Heritage committee (LRCHC), a group that also believes that the Christian Nation campaign is epistemologically constitutional; and not a religious matter.
In their petition statement presented to the legislature, the group claimed that the campaign to restore Liberia to Christian nation constitutionally is a constitutional endeavor, and that no group ungodly and belly driven ignorant of the provisions of constitution Bishops have the constitutional right to change the rights provided by the constitution.
In the past months the Muslims Community has condemned the decision to vote in a referendum for a provision to return Liberia to a Christian state. They have criticized people behind the crafting of 24 provisions and described them as troublemakers.
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