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God may strike Fiji, says church

Fri 11 Nov 2005 In: International News

God may strike Fiji with natural disasters because the Methodist Church has been stopped from staging a second anti-gay hate march, says the church's general secretary. Reverend Ame Tugawe told the Fiji Sun newspaper that the country should be careful, because if the Church is not allowed to march against gays, Fiji should prepare for nature's wrath at any time. The disastrous Hurricane Katrina in the US city of New Orleans was an example Tugawe used. The Church has already staged one anti-gay march. They were refused a permit for a second on the basis that it would encourage discrimination and hatred against the gay community. Fiji's Human Rights Commission said the first march was a legitimate use of freedom of expression, but a second or third would cross the boundary into encouraging discrimination against gays under Fiji's Human Rights Act. The Church are currently campaigning to have sexual orientation removed from the Human Rights Act.    

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First published: Friday, 11th November 2005 - 12:00pm

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