Four collaborating political parties here have issued a stinking attack against Archbishop Isaac Samuel Winker, Founder of the Isaac Winker’s Global Dominion Christian Fellowship Church for condemning Liberians who criticize the administration of President George Manneh Weah.
The opposition Unity Party (UP)
, Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) in a joint statement here note as President Weah and his officials celebrated one year in office last week, the President listened as one of his religious advisors hurled insults at those who disagree with the way the government has wrongly conducted the affairs of the State so far.
The stamen read by the Chairman of the former ruling Unity Party Wilmot Paye, recalls that the event was held in a church founded, owned and operated by Archbishop Isaac Winker, a close relative of the President who also serves on the Board of the government-owned John F. Kennedy Medical Center.
According to the statement, Archbishop Winker’s insults and pronounced “curses” were not simply directed at the President’s critics and political opponents. Instead, it was also an assault on Freedom.
Paye notes that religion leaders mission have always been to give people hope in times of difficulties and pains, adding; the Islamic Community has been outspoken against evil and ills in the society.
“They expose ills and help to direct the nation and its people toward a morality that recognizes their plight and identifies with them in their sufferings. Liberians of all walks of life value their contributions,” he notes.
He says while the government was celebrating the ‘looting’ of Liberia in disregard for the sufferings Liberians have endured under the President’s watch, the man of God and one of the spiritual advisors of the President chose to insult Liberian’s intelligence and abuse the moral sanctity of the nation.
He adds that there are many genuine Christian preachers, saying “They are on bended knees praying for Liberia. The Liberian clergy has always spoken out against societal ills. We value their courage to stand for the truth and with the suffering masses, as the Bible demands of them.”
Paye points out that the Constitution of Liberia prohibits the establishment of any State religion, and that’s why the opposition condemn the President’s decision to establish what, evidently, looks like a desperate move to regiment the entire machinery of Government toward his [President Weah’s] unclear religious beliefs, warning that “Sooner or later public officials and civil servants will be intimidated and their true ‘loyalty’ questioned if they do not subscribe to the President’s religious beliefs.
“Any theology that encourages the president to establish his own religion (whether church or mosque) while he is yet in office violates the Liberian constitution. His message failed to address this grave matter. In fact, he owes the religious community and the entire citizenry apologies for undermining the principle of separation of religion and state,” Paye argues.
The parties in their joint statement further reminded the Liberian people, “They will continue to celebrate a further dismemberment of the economy. They have nothing to offer you. They do not care if your children drop out of school because you cannot afford to pay their fees. They do not care if hospitals and clinics are empty of medicines and have therefore become temporary funeral homes rather than being treatment centers. They just do not and will not care.”
-for prophetic declaration
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor –Editing by Jonathan Browne