House Speaker Alex J. Tyler
Speaker Tyler Wants Liberia Remain Secular State
By Calvin Brooks, LINA
MONROVIA, April 20 (LINA) - House Speaker Alex J. Tyler has reiterated his call for Liberia to remain a secular state, and cautioned against any legislation to transform Liberia into a Christian nation.
He observed that Liberians have been living peacefully together for centuries without religious conflict, and noted that the country should remain as it is, rather than seek a legislation to transform it into a Christian state.
The House Speaker made the call Sunday at the 182nd Session of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church held at the James Edward Marshall Memorial Church in the Monrovia suburb of Gardnerville.
He noted that the 1847 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia indicated that Liberia was founded on Christian principles, but did not say it was a Christian state as some people are claiming.
He explained that Liberians should continue to live together in peace to ensure that the political, social and economic development of the country moves forward, rather than create confusion among the people.
It can be recalled that at the recent Constitution Review Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County, delegates voted in favor of a proposition to make Liberia a Christian state.