Liberia: Sirleaf Plays 'Pontuis Pilate' on Gay Issue -Will Sign No "Extremist Legislation"
When the Jews wanted Jesus Christ executed on heresy charges, the Roman occupation governor, Pontius Pilate, chose to let them have their will, without sharing the blame. While President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Pilate might live in different times and cultures and command different authorities, their actions seem similar in one fundamental way – fence sitting. Pilate, a Roman legalist, will not throw out a case concerning religious heresy for fear of jeopardizing Jewish cooperation. Similarly, President Sirleaf, a former rights activist but also a traditionalist, will not sanction any law restricting individual liberty nor that violating the sanctity of Liberia's traditional values. The question many are therefore is, "What becomes of the legal status of the burgeoning gay elements in Liberia as the President chooses to sit on the fence as the anti- and pro-gay debate flare and threats of extra-judicial action become palpable?" The Analyst has been finding out.
Perhaps the Nobel Peace Prize should not be awarded every single cycle. They can decide on no award during a cello competition if standards are not met, I don't see why not the same with something far more important.
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