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I’m against a ‘Christian State’

The head for the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building, Malcolm Joseph, has expressed opposition against Liberia being legislated a Christian Nation.

Mr. Joseph said although he is a Christian himself, but those who believe in Christianity should be able to convert non-believers rather than campaigning for a State religion. He reminded that no one can fight for God except God himself.

In an interview with reporters Monday he said there are some propositions from the Constitution Review Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County, which he does not support as a person, and has decided to write the Liberian Legislature to express his reservation. 

 Mr. Joseph was appointed recently by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as member of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country program that comprises stakeholders from various sectors of the Liberian society.

Liberia formally ascended to the APRM in January 2011, and in May 2013, President Sirleaf was elected Chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum. Upon taking office, the Liberian leader appointed the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, as member of the National APRM Focal Point, and in 2013, he assumed  Chairmanship of the Committee of APRM Focal Points, which oversees the APRM administration, and the oversight responsibility for the implementation of Liberia’s Country Program.

Speaking to this paper, Mr. Joseph said he feels good working for the Liberian people because it is the best thing he can do in serving his people, and thanked President Sirleaf for the preferment. Edited by Jonathan Browne

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