As a certain group of Liberians who believed that Liberia should be Christianized strives to achieve the Christian state status of the country which is very controversial, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Canada and Mexico, Jeremiah C. Sulonteh has strongly opposed call to Christianize Liberia.
A segment of the Christian community in Liberia under the banner, Liberian Christian Heritage is leading a campaign here to legislate the country as a Christian Nation, a proposition that is being vehemently rejected by Liberian Muslims.
The Liberian Churches of Council has also rejected the Christianization of Liberia. In a statement early this year, LCC President Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart said the call does not promote religious harmony and peace.
Ambassador Sulonteh, who is widely being speculated to become standard bearer of the opposition People’s Unification Party or PUP for the 2017 presidential election, told reporters recently in Kakata, Margibi County after an honoring program: “Well, we believe in coexistence. I was reared by a Muslim man; I was educated by a Muslim man, but my father is a Jorquelleh Kpelleh man; my mother is a Bassa woman, so I believe in coexistence. I don’t think that we should Christianize Liberia. I don’t think so.”
He was honored by the Friends of Sulonteh (FOS) in Margibi on July 2, 2016. The Liberian envoy, who is a member of President Sirleaf’s governing Unity Party says since 1847, Christians have lived alongside their Muslim brothers and sisters without major dispute and wonders why some Liberians now want to create a Christian Nation thru legislation.
According to him, he is not an extremist, and would not support moves that tend to bring about religious extremism in Liberia. Ambassador Sulonteh says if Christians want to dominate, they must live as Christians and allow their lights to shine instead of bringing division.
He emphasized, if Christians in Liberia live an exemplary life that portrays Jesus Christ, they could convert non-Christians, including Muslims to Christianity rather than seeking legislation.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne