Christianity and Politics in Doe’s Liberia by Paul Gifford

By Paul Gifford

This research examines the position of Christianity in Liberia below the corrupt regime of Samuel ok. Doe (1980-1990). Paul Gifford indicates that, generally, Liberian Christianity--far from being a strength for justice and human advancement--diverted consciousness from the reason for Liberia's ills, left swap to God's dazzling intervention, inspired obedience and attractiveness of the established order, and therefore served to entrench Doe's strength. This Christianity, devised in and regulated from the us, hence furthered nearby American monetary and political pursuits, that have been designed to aid Doe's rule.

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The historical context 13 whose profits were largely repatriated. It is estimated that between 1926 and 1977 Firestone made a total profit of between US$410 and S415 million, though the Liberian government received only Si 10 million. So, nearly three out of every four dollars that Firestone made in Liberia were transferred to the United States. Between 1962 and 1973 the American-controlled National Iron Ore Company shipped nearly $300 million worth of ore out of the country; the Liberian share over a 16-year period around this time was $2*5 million.

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. 1990 (BBC, Focus on Africa, 19 Mar. 1990). For an account of government infringement of freedom of the press, see Lawyers', Promise Betrayed, pp.

70 1608-9. Daily Observer, 21 Sept. 1989, p. 1. Daily Observer, 28 Sept. 1989, p. 8. In October 1989 there were reports of members of opposition parties being pressurised to resign from their party and to join Doe's NDPL; the Ministry of Education in River Cess County was said to be making membership of NDPL a prerequisite for a teaching position there. The UP and UPP denounced this abuse (Daily Observer, 13 Oct. 1989, p. 1; Herald, 5—11 Oct. 1989, P. 1). 73 Liberia's GDP declined by an average of about 2*8 per cent annually in 1980-5, and continued to decline.

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