By Paul Gifford

ISBN-10: 052152010X

ISBN-13: 9780521520102

This examine examines the position of Christianity in Liberia below the corrupt regime of Samuel okay. Doe (1980-1990). Paul Gifford indicates that, generally, Liberian Christianity--far from being a strength for justice and human advancement--diverted recognition from the reason for Liberia's ills, left swap to God's mind-blowing intervention, inspired obedience and recognition of the established order, and hence served to entrench Doe's energy. This Christianity, devised in and regulated from the us, hence furthered local American fiscal and political targets, that have been designed to aid Doe's rule.

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The first exercise in returning the country to civilian rule was the writing of a new constitution. This was entrusted to a Constitution Commission, headed by Dr Amos Sawyer, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Liberia. To delay having to act on their product, and to modify provisions which he did not like, Doe created a more pliant Constitutional Advisory Assembly to review the work24 — and to incorporate his desired modifications. The 'improved' constitution was duly approved by referendum on 3 July 1984.

It begins, 'The third quarter of 1988 has seen extensive deterioration in the 75 76 77 78 About the same time, West Germany stopped its loans because of Liberia's failure to repay {Daily Observer, 26 April 1989, p. 12). Doe took this idea of a rally from the 'Rally Time' Tolbert introduced in April 1972 to fund national development. See Boley, Liberia, pp. 82-5; Wilton Sankawulo, Tolbert of Liberia (London, Ardon Press, 1979), PP- 120-3. It is worth recording that Doe, like Tolbert before him, sold Liberian diplomatic passports to 'honorary consuls' round the world.

The Press Union refused to associate with it on the grounds that it was against the provisions safeguarding freedom of speech in the constitution (Daily Observer, 4 Sept. 1989, p. 1). The Herald attacked the commission as being 'in flagrant violation of the Liberian Constitution' (7-13 Sept. 1989, p. 5). There were frequent announcements of more direct means of intimidation; journalists were beaten up by police (News, 2 June 1989, p. 6); the offices of the Daily Observer were again burnt down 'by men wearing soldiers' uniforms' on the night of 18 Mar.

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