The National Christian Council of Liberia (NCCL) says the call for Liberia to be declared a Christian State will help to eliminate extreme corruption and the building of moral structures in all sectors of the country.
Speaking last Thursday at a press briefing in Sinkor, Monrovia, the president of NCCL, Bishop J. Rudolph Marsh, said because Liberia does not have a defined religion (in this case, a ‘Christian’ identity), many of its citizens have indulged in satanic acts including prostitution, same sex affairs and rampant corruption that can possibly throw the nation into chaos.
Reacting to the House of Representatives’ unanimous vote in favor of dual citizenship, and a secular state (against the call for Liberia to be declared a Christian state), he said Liberia was founded on Christian values, and to this “we must return because the only remedy to this nation’s problems is Christ’s teachings.”
The two propositions are among the 25 brought forward by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) for a referendum, which government said it did not have money to conduct considering how close it is to the legislative and presidential elections.
He cautioned the Senate not to concur with the House of Representatives in passing the dual citizenship and secular state parts of the referendum.
“There is no harm for Liberia to become a Christian nation by law once the needed number of citizens petitions the National Legislature and that petition meets the requisite approval,” Bishop Rudolph said.
He said over 750,000 mature citizens have petitioned the Legislature with 35,000 of them being signatories to the CRC document soliciting opinion polls for a possible referendum to the country’s 1986 revised constitution.
He said 97 percent of the votes in Gbarnga accepted that Liberia should be formally considered as a Christian nation because its foundation is based on Christianity. He observed that there is no harm in it as Spain, Denmark, Zambia and Costal Rica are among Christian nations that have absorbed all their citizens.
Bishop Marsh referred to countries such as Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are known as Islamic states and that has brought them no problem at any point in time because Islam is their official religion.
“Liberia must have a particular religious identity. It must not remain secular,” he noted.
The NCCL president said dual citizenship was overwhelmingly rejected at the Gbarnga Constitution Review Conference after the CRC concluded its nationwide tour while soliciting views for a possible referendum.
“Dual citizenship was rejected in Gbarnga because it is a form of modern slavery,” according to Bishop Marsh. He said that “with the majority of the Lawmakers being Christians who continue to act as they do, means they have forsaken Christ and failed to respect the tenet of democracy that says the voice of the majority of any population must be listened to.”
Also speaking, the vice president for women’s affairs, Rev. Catherine M. B. Toomey, said the women’s wing of the Christian community fully supports the Council’s decision to challenge the government on the issues under discussion.
“We are prepared to fast and pray and go out to seek the support of the entire Christian community so that our country can have its restoration to a Christian heritage,” Rev. Toomey said.
Responding to the NCCL’s statement for the country to be declared a Christian nation via mobile phone, the Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL), Imam Omaru Kamara, said “Liberia is at peace now and no group of citizens can think that they are better citizens by infringing on the rights of others.”
He promised that in the soonest possible time the NMCL will, in consultation with the Islamic community in Liberia, come up with a very detailed position statement on the matter.