Liberia Council of Churches does not support Christian state proposition

The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) does not support the proposition to make Liberia a Christian state, Episcopal Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart has announced.

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Last month, Bishop Hart explained that the LCC has not yet taken a stand in the Christian state proposition for Liberia. He said the proposition to declare Liberia a Christian state was made during the Gbarnga Constitutional Review Conference, and not by the council itself. He added that the LCC established a committee to look into the proposition, Global News Network reported last month.

During a press conference held in Monrovia on Monday, Bishop Hart finally announced that the LCC does not support in any way the proposition #24, which seeks to make Liberia a Christian state. The announcement was released amid the numerous debates on the issue, All Africa reports.

"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," Bishop Hart said on Monday.

Hart explained that the LCC's decision was made in consideration of the country's security and the sensitivity of the issue. He said they believe that peace in the nation can be attained through interfaith collaboration and mutual respect for each other regardless of race, religion, creed, or ethnicity.

Bishop Hart emphasized that conflicts all over the world have resulted from religious intolerance. It has also led to several clashes between Christian and Muslim groups, and proposition #24 has divided Liberia in the last year.

The decision to oppose the Christian state proposition for Liberia came after long discussions with religious leaders. Bishop Hart said they finally agreed that the Church should come together to make disciples and not legitimize God's teachings.