Mosques, imams, burqas, all of it has to be stopped right at the beginning. Once they turn churches into mosques and the muezzin calls from the bell-towers its too late:
Samoa’s council of churches has welcomed the prime minister’s call to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution.
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi recently said the country’s supreme law may be changed to recognise Christian principles and teachings, not just in the preamble.
However the Secretary General of the Samoa Council of Churches, Reverend Ma’auga Motu, said he would go a step further and ban the religion of Islam.
He said even though most Samoans are Christian, Islam poses a future threat to the country.
“We are not going too far, no,” Reverend Motu 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.”
The constitution protects the right to practice any religion but doesn’t rule out the establishment of an official state religion.
But Tuila’epa said Samoa is a Christianity-based country and that goes together with Samoan cultures and traditions.
There is a small muslim population in Samoa that gathers at a mosque and there is the Samoa Muslim League based near Apia.
Imam in Samoa says Christians should be more open
Funny that he didn’t call on his Muslim brothers to “be more open”, don’t ya think?
Its like… Muslims would never discriminate against unbelievers, right?
Dr Mohammed Bin Yahya was responding to comments by the National Council of Churches that Islam should be banned in Samoa.
The Secretary General of the council, Reverend Ma’auga Motu, described Islam as a threat, calling on the Prime Minister to review the religious freedom provisions of the constitution.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said Article 11 of the constitution on freedom of religion would not be part of the amendments but he added that any amendments would focus on making it clearer that Samoa is a Christian country.
Imam, Dr Mohammed Bin Yahya, said he does not have a problem with that because the constitution would say that the government should be run to Christian principles.
But Dr Yahya said those Christian principles be defined.
“We have all kinds of Christianity in Samoa, let us not play with it, the truth is Catholics are different, Methodists are different, Congregational churches are different, they are all different, so we need to define what principles they are talking about.”
“Just like Islam, there are some other sects in Islam, when you talk about Sunni or Shiite, we need to define, are we talking about this Islam or that Islam,” he said.
Islamic leader, Dr Mohammed Bin Yahya, who was raised as a Catholic, said the only Christian church to invite him to talk about Islam was the Methodist Theological college.