Senator Varney Sherman Rejects ‘Christian State’

first_imgGrand Cape Mount Senator H. Varney Sherman has described Liberia as a country that has been, since its beginning, “very tolerant about individuals’ religious beliefs.  There is, therefore, no need to ignite any fire in the country by placing in the Constitution that Liberia is a Christian state,” he declared emphatically. “One thing we ought not to do is to ignite any fire in our country; one thing we ought not to do is to give a certain group of people in our country the suspicion that we are little by little creating a situation where one day we will discriminate against them; we shouldn’t do that.”Cllr. Sherman made the statement yesterday at his Capitol Building offices when he hosted Daily Observer’s Legislative reporters and Senior Staff for an exclusive interview.“I don’t know how we are thinking about that (a Christian State) in 2015, honestly; to gain what? This is one country in my mind that is very tolerant about what your beliefs are, and we need to keep it that way.”Senator Sherman, who is Christian and a practicing Episcopalian who hails from a predominantly Muslim county, wondered whether Christian state advocates believe that if it were placed in the Constitution that Liberia is a Christian state the Pope would take half of the resources of the Vatican and contribute them to Liberia; “or the United States government will say now that Liberia is a Christian state, this is what we will do for them that we haven’t done before?”The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, who spoke on the Christian state issue for the first time, said if the question did not come up during the interview with this newspaper, he would not have commented on it until it was brought before the Senate.   “Nothing,” he cautioned, “goes to referendum unless there is a law passed in this chamber. “We don’t need that—a Christian state!”Speaking about the Constitution that declared Liberia an independent state in 1847, Senator Sherman clarified that the circumstances of 1847 or before then are significantly different from now. He referenced a part of the present Constitution which provides that there should be no state religion; that the government shall not support any religion in preference to another religion.He further reflected that the 1847 Constitution did not say Liberia was a Christian state, but rather stated that “we have been endowed by certain inalienable rights, blessed by God Almighty.”Senator Sherman, who is  chairman of the ruling Unity Party, further reflected that even the framers of Liberian  Constitution of 1847 crafted it as similar to that of the United States Constitution, which guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and of religion.  It did not say that Liberia was a Christian state. “Professor Samuel Greenleaf of Harvard University who drafted the 1847 Constitution,” recalled Counselor Sherman, “did not talk about that; why are we thinking about something like that in 2015, especially given our most recent past?”Liberia, he emphasized, must never think about going back to its most recent past when certain tribes were linked with certain warring factions and religions.The Grand Cape Mount lawmaker said Liberians need to remember the past, and reflect on those things that were responsible for the more than fourteen years of conflict. He declared that it was time to do away with the negatives of the past and put on a progressive posture. “So I won’t support anything that says Liberia is a Christian state; I won’t support it if it says Liberia should be an Islamic state.”Senator Sherman recalled how during his campaigning in his Muslim-dominated Grand Cape Mount County, some people expressed fear that electing him would give the county two Christian Senators, after Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh.Today, Senator Sherman noted, the county has five Legislators—four are Christians and one is Muslim, even though the county is predominantly Muslim.Some people tried to play on the sympathy and emotions of Cape Mountainians, failing to accept the reality that there is no Cape Mountainian who does not have a Christian or Muslim relative.”He recalled that long ago, those who went to Christian mission schools in the county were fortunate to have received Christian education, hence automatically became Christians, and that many of those who did not get Christian education remained Muslims.But the two groups, Christians and Muslims, have brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins who belong to one of the religions or the other.  Yet they live in perfect harmony and have done so all of the time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Revealed! 10 most undeserving Champions League winners ever

first_imgCAN YOU BELIEVE THE PLAYERS ABOVE HAVE ‘WON’ THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? BUT ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HASN’T? TAKE A LOOK AT 11 OF THE BEST PLAYERS NEVER TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – CLICK HERENot everyone is blessed with footballing ability to win the Champions League – we can’t all be Lionel Messi.Only the best in the business can help their teams to glory in Europe’s elite competition and lift Ol’ Big Ears aloft, right?Wrong. It might not surprise you too much that there have been some less talented players (we’re looking at you, Igor Biscan) to win the trophy but, not only that, there are also men who are seemingly completely undeserving of a winner’s medal.Some players have extremely miniscule parts in their team’s triumph but somehow find themselves adorned with a winners medal.So who are the most undeserving Champions League winners ever? Click the right arrow above to find out a selection of contenders. 8. Jamal Blackman (Chelsea – 2012) – We can accept Ross Turnbull’s role as back up to Petr Cech as the Blues triumphed in Munich but Blackman’s medal for being a squad member seems a bit generous to us. 10 9. Oier Olazabal (Barcelona – 2011) – The goalkeeper made only one La Liga appearance for the Catalan giants in seven seasons with the club and not a single minute of Champions League action. But, thanks to Jose Manuel Pinto’s red card in their semi-final first leg, he made the bench for the return match and the final against Manchester United at Wembley. 10 4. Valdo (Real Madrid – 2002) – The Cape Verde international joined the club’s reserves at the start of the 2001/02 season and made three appearances for the senior side the same year. Two were off the bench in Champions League clashes Lokomotiv Moscow and Panathinaikos, which got him his medal. Squad mates Ruben and Carlos Sanchez run him close too. 10 1. Carlos Aranda (Real Madrid – 2000 and 2002) – Striker Aranda didn’t play a single La Liga match for Real’s first-team but a start against Molde in 1999 and an appearance off the bench against Lokomotiv Moscow in 2001 saw him land TWO winners medals. After winning the second he joined Numancia and spent the rest of his career moving from club to club in Spain. 10 10 10 10 5. Scott Carson (Liverpool – 2005) – Bought in January 2005 to rival Jerzy Dudek for the No.1 shirt at Anfield as injury problems blighted Chris Kirkland’s career, the £750,000 signing made nine appearances in total for the Reds but his role on the bench for six games and one start against Juventus – when he boobed to let Cannavaro score – saw him pick up a medal ,as the Reds went on to miraculously beat AC Milan in the final. 7. Marko Arnautovic (Inter Milan – 2010) – Now starring at Stoke, the Austrian once had an unsuccessful spell with Inter Milan where he made just three substitute appearances in Serie A. He didn’t make a single Champions League appearance but got a medal after appearing on the bench against CSKA Moscow and Barcelona. He even wore a pair of boots embroidered with ‘CL winner 2010’. 10 10. Rene Krhin (Inter Milan – 2010) – click the arrow above, right, to see who else can claim to be a Champions League winner – The Slovenian youngster made the bench for one group match with Rubin Kazan and wasn’t in the 18-man team for the final, which they won by beating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Bernabeu. He’s still got a medal to polish though, while he now struts his stuff at Granada in La Liga. 10 6. Valerio Fiori (AC Milan – 2003 and 2007) – Think Richard Wright is the ultimate third choice goalkeeper? Think again! Fiori joined Milan at the age of 30 and spent eight seasons barely even warming the bench. He made two appearances across his time with the club, but in 2003 he was on the bench on five occasions – enough to bag a Champions League winner’s medal – and, 90 minutes on the bench for a group stage match with Lille in 2006 earned him his second UCL gong, when his team-mates went on to win that season’s trophy. No wonder he had the time to get a law degree in 2007. 3. Jonathan Greening (Manchester United – 1999) – In the treble winning season, academy product Greening made seven appearances in total but not one was in the Champions League, despite sitting on the bench in the final – not that he will give a damn. 2. Vladimir But (Borussia Dortmund – 1997) – But became the second Russian ever to win the Champions League when Dortmund beat Juventus 3-1. It will always remain on his honours list but in the run to the triumph in Munich he only made the pitch for a total of four minutes in a substitute appearance against Steaua Bucharest. 10last_img read more