Amidst long standing bickering over Christian state preposition, tThe National Christian Council of Liberia (NCCL) through its Chairman Rudolph Marsh has warned that Liberia’s democracy is threatened by the decision of the House of Representative to remove “Proposition 24” which calls for Liberia becoming a Christian state.
Proposition 24, drawn up after nationwide consultations which concluded with a conference in Gbarnga, Bong County in April 2015, called for Liberia to become a Christian state. But surprisingly, the call for Liberia being recognized as a Christian state has vanished from among the propositions submitted by the House’s Committee on Good Governance for the pending referendum. In reaction to the Legislative anomaly, Rev. Marsh, speaking to Matrix Media last week, emphasized that the removal of the Christian Nation preposition, which was then replaced with a proposition in support of dual citizenship which was rejected by the people at the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) Gbanga conference, is a threat to Liberia’s democracy. Preposition 24, Rev. Marsh said, received the highest vote which amounts to 97 percent of the total delegates at the Gbanga conference. “This is the only preposition that is backed by over 750,000 signatures presented to the House of Representative,” he emphasized. “To put it on hold for consultations against the will of the Liberian people threatens our democracy. We called on the Liberian Senate not to concur but rather propose a conference with the lower House so that preposition 24, the heart beat of the Liberian people unconditionally forms part of the referendum”, he mentioned, adding, “We feel strongly that democracy talks about majority and the will of the people must prevail. The House should not and in no way work against the interest of the people that elected them”.