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Clergy in Liberia

The missionary zeal of the Americo-Liberians was coupled with profound disdain for African religions that they labeled paganism, heathenism, or devil worship. They were also strongly opposed to Islam. The first constitutions gave indigenous Liberians the right to vote only on the condition that they prove they had become Christians and had adopted Western manners. Today, 40 percent of the Liberian population are Christian, 40 percent follow traditional religions, and 20 percent are Muslim.

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