I Was Taken Out Of Context…Says Preacher On “Christian State” Proposal

This year’s preacher of the Independence Day intercessory service, Rev. FodayKarpeh has refuted comments attributed to him last week that the Christian Churches are against the proposal for Liberia to be declared a “Christian State.”

Last Friday, this paper in a front page banner headline, captioned:” Churches Reject Christian State” Proposal,” quoted the young pastor in his sermon as saying that Liberia was never founded on Christian principle. It was further reported that it was that of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) which acronym was erroneously reported as LACC.

But Rev. Karpeh who walked to the offices of this paper after the publication, said his comments were taken out of context and therefore demanded a correction on what he said.

He maintained that he could never say such a thing when he is part of a committee holding “consultations” on the matter.

He added that he never spoke on behalf of the LCC as the reporter insinuated. He said the issue of selecting speaker or clergyman for such an occasion was “purely the prerogative of the government” and not an institution or group, as he spoke as a member of the clergy and not on behalf of the LCC, as stated by this paper.

Also, the acting president of the LCC, Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, who read the story, informed this paper that the Council has not reached any decision on the matter. For the sake of the readers, we hereby print verbatim the portion of the sermon from which the story was written:”

For the sake of the readers, we hereby print verbatim the portion of the sermon from which the story was written:” In Liberia case, we must be bold and honest; this country was not founded to exclude anyone, neither politically, socially, religiously or even the opposite. No country can develop when it excludes others politically, socially, economically or religiously.

‘In the same vein, no country can go far when it forget its history. Liberia was founded to be the home of freed people, for the civilization and Christianization of Africa, it does not mean, it should never be interpreted to mean the superiority of Christianity over other religion. I will say that again, it should not mean or it should never be interpreted to mean the superiority of Christianity over other religion.”

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