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Christians And Muslims Unite Against Gay Marriage In Liberia

It’s always nice when religious groups can put aside their differences and come together to oppress another group of people, ain’t it? In Liberia, Christians and Muslims buried the hate, only to dig it up again and throw it in the face of the country’s LGBT population, as hundreds gathered Saturday to pressure the government into banning same-sex marriage.

Over 25,000 Liberians have signed a resolution to ban gay marriage, though the campaign is seeking a total of 1 million. Recently, the Liberian senate passed a bill strengthening its law against homosexuality that is currently seeking approval by the House of Representatives before being sent to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Previously, Sirleaf said that though she would not decriminalize homosexuality, she would also not sign proposed legislation banning gay marriage and attaching a 10-year sentence to committing a homosexual act. However, Sirleaf softened slightly, with a little help from the US State Department, and said her government would “guarantee people’s civil liberties.”

Rudolph Marsh of the Liberia Council of Churches expressed his disapproval of this foreign influence. The Washington Post reports:

“There are good things in America that we can copy,” he said, “we don’t have to copy the bad ones; let’s leave the bad ones with Americans.”

Marsh called on Liberian Christians and Muslims to remain united “and stand together and tell the world that Liberia is a place of civilized people and will not allow same-sex marriage.”

Muslim leader Sheikh Omaru Kamara, representing his faith at the ceremony, hailed the unity of purpose that both Christians and Muslims were showing against homosexuality.

With such a united front, Liberia’s lone LGBT rights advocate Archie Ponpon faces a difficult road ahead. He was reportedly mobbed twice and his mother’s house burned to the ground following the formation of the Movement for the Defense of Gays and Lesbians in Liberia (MODEGAL) in April. Still, Ponpon told the Post he “is trying to liberalize the minds of people about the rights of others to do what they want to do.”

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Nov 12, 2012
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  • 5 Comments
    • kayakriver
      kayakriver

      some people like the dark ages, they themselves don’t want freedom and don’t want other people to have it either.

      Nov 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2eo
      2eo

      They will always band together, they see their systems unravelling with every passing day. They strike blood with every hour, the religious murder the none religious and each other.

      World War 3 will not be “Us versus the muslims” it will be “civilisation versus religion” and it is a battle we will win.

      Nov 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN 1957
      JOHN 1957

      Reality is hitting the planet hard and without mercy. The old belief systems are crumbling to the ground with a karmic vengeance on many levels. These religious pious savages that have slaughtered millions of innocents throughout history in the name of their folklore, myths and so called religion have come to realize that their false worlds are falling apart. They don’t say let’s ban together to stop the sex slave trade of women and children throughout the world or feed the hungry nor stop the senseless wars. Our planet is turning the tables, but their obsessed with wanting to stop love between two consenting adults? They’re showing to be more savage and barbaric than we had thought in the first place. Perhaps they need a visit from hurricane camille (1969) with winds that broke the Anemometer with reported wind speeds of 223 mph finally reaching usa of steady winds of 190 gusting to 200 mph, along with Katrina and Sandy to pay them a personal visit and wake up call as to what really matters, unity and love without prejudice and bigotry. How can people be so full of hate and evil in the name of a so called God?

      Nov 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tardis
      tardis

      Lmao! This unites people?! How depressing!

      Nov 13, 2012 at 2:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ Veno
      DJ Veno

      The news as of late is heartbreaking..

      Nov 13, 2012 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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