As a citizen of Samoa and a member of EFKS who is a member of the NCC, I urge the Prime Minister of Samoa to ban the National Council of Churches by ordering it to be dismantled and de-established. I also urge that the Secretary of the NCC be the first to be prosecuted under the new legislation by using terms and suggestions that incite violence. In his infinite wisdom the Secretary has urged the ban of a religious sect or denomination. That suggestion not only disregards a fundamental human right to freedom of religion it is also ill-conceived and stupid.
With about 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the global population, Islam is the second-largest religion by number of adherents, so when you suggest we ban Islam from Samoa, you are also saying that the followers are not welcome here, which is not only divisive, discriminatory but also a quite un-Christian move on your part.
Rev Ma’auga Motu, you said “We are still wanting our own people to be prevented from this kind of influence, even though there are so many people who are good people but still there are some dangerous people among them who might come and threaten our peace.”
Dear sir, if you want to go down that route, let’s discuss the “dangerous” people within your very own denomination, let’s discuss also the various influences it has brought upon our people, the shunning of pregnant teens, the beating of youth in the EFKS, the affairs of Church Ministers with members, the continuous financial burden placed by the Church on its poor members, the burning of houses as a result of Church disputes, the marginalization of the poor who can’t afford contributions, the entrenched misogynistic hierarchy within the Church and so so so so many more incidences of negative influences as a result of your Church. So, if you want to ban Islam on the basis of negative influences, then let’s ban EFKS as well.
Sadly, I understand your ignorance. You don’t know any better, you were indoctrinated without choice, you don’t know about Freedom of Religion, you believe solely in your own and none-other. Thank God you are not the Prime Minister. We would be utterly fucked if you were.