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Remarks by Founder and President of Humanists Liberia @ the Maiden Cafe Humaniste Program in Liberia

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F. Momolu Dorley

 

All Protocols Observed

There is no better time to be alive than now. Our world is experiencing unbridled free speech, freedom of thoughts and liberty. Even in a conservative place like Liberia; at least on the surface, amazing new ideas and thoughts are being nurtured. Progress, my friends, is inevitable. It is in this spirit we are able to gather here today, both religious and non-religious to discuss issue of women empowerment which if gotten right – will underpin and spur economic growth.

There can be no other time in our history than now when we should be serious about discussing issues and dogmas that affect our country. As you can see, due to our limitation to nurture and accommodate new ideas, progress has been elusive. It is time now that we be bold, to disenthrall ourselves of dogmas that are holding back our progress.

Our failure to be rational and to discuss so-called taboo issues contributed immensely to the civil war. That same culture of poverty, of timidity and not speaking out -is fueling the heightened tension in the country.

Humanists Liberia aims to promote rationality, empathy and equality and to inform and teach our people that they have the power, capacity and imagination to alter their destiny through efforts and talents. To assist them assimilate, discern, rationalize and critique information coming through. We want everyone to live a life of dignity in a nation where universal human rights are respected and protected, and where the state upholds secularism. We will work to defend human rights, particularly those of non-religious people, and promoting humanist values in Liberia.

My friends, people who are agitating with outrage indignation, who are different, or act different or think different – are not delusional. These people are having normal reaction to abnormal and excruciating life experiences. That is why in democracies, people disagree to agree without employing violence or hate messages. The true essence of democracy is not to pull us apart but to bring us together in our differences and then find common ground. Those who do not agree with you are not your enemies. It so happens we all cannot belong to the same political party, religion, tribes, or belong on the same side.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s build a Liberia that is true representative of the sixteen tribes and all those who reside in its border regardless of their leaning. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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