By Paul Gifford

This research examines the position of Christianity in Liberia less than the corrupt regime of Samuel ok. Doe (1980-1990). Paul Gifford exhibits that, generally, Liberian Christianity--far from being a strength for justice and human advancement--diverted cognizance from the reason for Liberia's ills, left swap to God's amazing intervention, inspired obedience and attractiveness of the established order, and hence served to entrench Doe's energy. This Christianity, devised in and regulated from the U.S., hence furthered local American fiscal and political pursuits, which have been designed to aid Doe's rule.

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Liberia's year's grace was due to expire in 72 73 74 Cited in Dunn and Tarr, Liberia, p. 200. The same views are expressed in Lawyer's, Promise Betrayed, pp. 5 and 21-5. It may be noted that until Doe occasioned it after 1985, tribalism was not a feature of Liberian society. See Tarr, 'Founding', p. 44; Africa Watch, 'Liberia: Flight from Terror', p. 161; Africa Watch, Liberia: A Human Rights Disaster, 26 Oct. 1990, pp. 2-3; Zinnah Tamia Porte, 'The Deaths of Simple Men', Guardian (24 Sept. 1990), p.

See Daily Observer, 25 April 1989, p . 7 for Scott's bland reply to Archbishop Michael Francis w h o h a d called o n the government to abolish its ' s u b h u m a n ' prisons. Daily Observer, 30 J u n e 1989, p . 8. See editorial in Daily Observer, 22 J u n e 1989, p . 4. 28 Christianity and politics in Doe's Liberia because a photograph showed the state of Liberia's roads. The Daily Observer had its electricity disconnected because it carried a photograph of Doe performing a public function and one of a convicted murderer on the same page.

There has been a similar change in tolerating opposition parties; many dictators have learnt that openly opting for a one-party state just closes up many avenues of aid. The same results can be achieved by tolerating opposition parties, but ensuring through occasional arrests, intimidation, restrictions and harassment that they can never mount a real threat. Liberia was not in law a one-party state; but Doe ensured by every means at his disposal that in fact it was. The parties of the 1986 Grand Coalition (LAP, UP and UPP) announced in 1989 that they would meet to discuss the political situation.

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