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07 December 2013

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Your strong faith is commendable Corney. However, it is "your" faith and I don't think you or anyone else in PNG has the right to impose their faith on other people.

PNG is full of people of different faiths or no faiths at all. They have as much right to pursue their beliefs as you have to pursue yours. Unless, of course, those faiths are destructive and against the law.

I would suggest that what the Speaker is pedalling is both destructive and illegal. I would also suggest that what he is doing is comparable to the people in the Highlands who are burning and killing witches.

My impression is that the figures on the lintel represented PNG's various ancestors looking down on the people entering the Haus Tambaran in a benign and loving way.

I doubt very much that they represented anything evil or demonic. Perhaps the people who carved them should be asked. I think the Speaker has perpetuated an ill-conceived and evil attack on PNG's venerable ancestors. That is inexcusable.

On another level the carvings were simply fine works of art. As someone has mentioned elsewhere, the carvers of PNG have a world-wide reputation. Destroying their work is akin to torching the Mona Lisa. It is pure and simply a crime and refutation of the original artists' talents.

I watched an interview with Father John Glynn on Compass on the ABC last Sunday evening. Another Catholic priest in South Ameica and a nun in Africa were also interviewed.

They all spoke out against religious fundamentalism and stressed the virtues of forgiveness and regard for their fellow humans. These are Christians I can understand and respect, not stupid morons like the Speaker and his rabid friends.

"Economic and political organization has inevitably increased with the growth of industrialism, and is bound to increase still further unless industrialism collapses. The earth becomes more crowded, and our dependence upon our neighbours becomes more intimate.

"In these circumstances life cannot remain tolerable unless we learn to let each other alone in all matters that are not of immediate and obvious concern to the community. We must learn to respect each other's privacy, and not to impose our moral standards upon each other.

"The Puritan imagines that his moral standard is the moral standard; he does not realize that other ages and other countries, and even other groups in his own country, have moral standards different from his, to which they have as good a right as he has to his."

Not my words, but those of Bertrand Russell, penned in 1923. http://www.panarchy.org/russell/puritanism.html


God bless you, Corney.

If this is the start of the PNG Reformation and we start to see the members of parliament humbling themselves and starting to want to truly serve the people of PNG in a selfless manner, then this is wonderful.

But, if it is just the actions of one man and there are no changes in the hearts of the members of parliament and in the way these member of parliament act, then it is probably pointless.

Phil, I answer you and the rest who share share your views as follows.

It's an edited version of my brief response to this article earlier.

“A New Beginning for Papua New Guinea at 40”

Papua New Guinea’s highest legislative house (building) has seen a very good share of "contradictions" since it was built in 1984.

The contradictions are nothing peculiar to PNG alone. Other parliaments around the world have witnessed their fair share of sanity and insanity.

If the Head of the 9th Parliament and his team decided that the parliament building needs a makeover with "new symbols and a new atmospheric spirit" that evokes and inspires selflessness, servanthood, truthfulness, freedom and our need for a true God, then let it be

Any small change towards that goal is welcome. And for that change to start from our parliament is doubly welcome!

In the last approximately 30 years, "if those carved anthromorphic human faces that were designed to induce discipline and
respect through the psychology of fear and intimidation (as Dr Andrew Moutu calls them) have failed to inspire and achieve any semblance of positive virtues, then regardless of our sentimental affinity, they must go. Idols and graven images have been dismantled and burnt from time immortal.

Demonic symbols and images do matter to God because He is a jealous God whose curse runs through generations.

Ever wondered how culture shapes brains and brains shapes culture? Read more here from a very good lecture by one of Papua New Guinea’s rare and true friends who has a very close affinity towards our country for 40 years. http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2013/11/how-culture-shapes-brains-brains-shape-culture.html

PNG cannot afford to continue to be conformed to the symbols of bondage and blindness which is of this world but she can make a deliberate choice to be transformed by the renewing of her mind, that she may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2)

I believe the House of Parliament must now re-set its spirit to the Spirit of "love and freedom - and unfortunately not one of fear and intimidation anymore for the next 40 years”.

Our ignorant allegiance in peddling these things are also the direct cause of the menace that sorcery and witchcraft are spewing all over the country.

The act of swearing into office, by holding the Christian Holy Bible and entering into the Parliament that is screaming with symbols of idols and images placed at the entrance of the Parliament is one of those clear contradictions. They must be banished.

It’s about time, we placed a big tablet in front of the Parliament saying “In the God of Israel, We Trust & Serve” right where our laws are made.

Heard it somewhere that,“nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending?

If PNG has to start anew, then let this be the start of that new beginning with transforming the mind, shaped by the God of the universe and not our beloved culture paradise of Papua New Guinea.

We have been crying for change of attitudes in the blogspheres and about every other media outlets out there. Let today be your "idol-busting day -of-miracle" to change irrespective of however eloquently you may want to frown upon this episode.

If PNG has to start anew, then let this be the start of that new beginning with a transformed mind shaped by the God of the universe and not our beloved cultural attitude that refuses to change an inch.

We Papua New Guineas truly need a transformation in our mindset to not one of a limited culture driven mindset whose influences have proven to be a yoke of bondage but to one of "good and acceptable to the perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).

Or in retrospect you may make up your mind to remain confused like our beloved former Kiap friend, Mr. Phil Fitzpatrick who still hasn't figured out how an average Papua New Guineans thinks, and the nation's psyche even after his 40 years of close association with our beautiful country. Refer here to read more http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2013/11/how-culture-shapes-brains-brains-shape-culture.html

I can bet my last Kina that, experiments and scientific studies after studies will never truly and fully find out how our “God’s meticulously-designed“ brains works. You have a unique DNA code and mind that only your maker (God) knows it down to its minutest detail.

Call me with whatever name you will, but my Master is a Nazarene carpenter's son who was mad enough to turn tables at market places, a Coastguard who walks on water and a “Pharisee-condemning-King” who rules the universe – not only PNG. Refer more here http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23&version=CEV

Like the Hon. Theo Zerunuoc, the Speaker of PNG’s 9th Parliament, I have found my identity through this mad man from Galilee (Jesus Chris) and am ready to invoke God to intervene in our nation building project”.

Are you ready?

Well, if it’s a yes, then what a poignant time it is to break-free from the spiritual-bondage, double standards and contradictions by seeking forgiveness and true freedom in Jesus Christ through the renewing of your minds as we mourn the death of a great leader and a model of forgiveness - Nelson Madiba Mandela.

Yes we can change!

That decision of yours that involves your will and mind will be beneficial for humanity and Papua New Guinea for the next 40 years of our country’s stateness under the God of Israel.

History is littered with decisive leaders who built nations based on deliberate decisions and long-term destiny in mind –not short term-comfort seeking Pharisees.

It will be only foolish and insane to squander another 40 years of bowing down to abominable idols and graven images.(Deut. 7:25-26)

We must be bold enough to break-free from some of these so-called inheritances. I commend the courage of the Speaker of Parliament for doing exactly and anointing the house with oil.

However, innocent looking ornamental pieces they maybe, they were labelled by the creator of the universe as idols and stumbling blocks – inhibiting progress for generations on end.

No wonder, the Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare called them as “living spirits with fixed abodes” http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-4732-9780824831516.aspx

I urge the Speaker of 9th Parliament and the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill to be resolute and not be moved.

Thanks.

Mr. Corney Korokan ALONE
A Patriotic Citizen of PNG, TSCF Graduate
& Another Ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Speaker has destroyed public property.

It is not his private property. The House is public property. It belongs to the people of Papua New Guinea. The Speaker is only the housekeeper.

Before the images of the God of the Arabs (who call themselves Jews) were brought to our shores, our people created images of their own Gods, and creation stories to sustain themselves. Are we to deny our rich past because our Speaker gathers himself an half baked Penticostal pastor who sees a ghost or spirit behind every tree and power post?

The Speakers' own ancestors, the Zurenuocs of Finchafen are a distinguished family who purveyed the Miti throughout the Luthern world. Have they forgotten to teach their sons about the God of creation who created all men with their environment, and a past, to give them a future?

Who is this uneducated fool in our House who dares to disgrace us and our past?

Every nation has monuments and shrines to their past to remember where they came from. Where does the Prime Minister, who has approved this sacrilege and the contract to his own and Cragnolini's company (L&A Bricklayers) trying to lead us from here- a people of no past!

Remember, without a past, there is no future!

So it is really true that Peter ONeill and his ever compliant Speaker want to lead us to their Utopia called oblivion?

I say arrest that man for destruction of public property and jail him!

That will teach him the lesson that the Zurenuocs obviously failed in this man!

If Theo wants to purge the House of evil maybe he should start with some of the less than honourable elected members?

All fundamentalists in PNG should be banished to an island where they can practice their particular brand of Christianity. They should not impose on the rest of PNG their bigotry.

Maybe all parliamentarians can be given a copy of William Golding's Lord of the flies to read so they can understand the real nature of where evil emanates from.

Whether one believes in sorcery or not it must be a brave man to tamper with sangumas as many who in the past have tried to purge so called pagan beliefs did so at their peril.

Agree with you entirely Corney.

Get rid of all those cross things with the bloke nailed to it. Also those sexy statues of the lady with the baby. That wine to blood thing also needs looking at - downright primitive.

Knock down that phallic tower on the right as you go up the Poreporena Highway into the city too.

Whatever ever happened to tolerance and respect for others. Land of the unexpected indeed.

Idols, carved images and sacred objects are clearly labelled as an abomination and should be utterly destroyed and burnt as they bring curse and judgment on people.

They maybe seen as mere token representations appear as innocent and simple cultural decorations but they are seen by God as spiritual adultery to Him, who is a jealous God.

Fr Giorgio Licini, this is not a new religious fundamentalist's idea. This is a scripturally sound doctrine.

They are preached against from one end of Scripture to the other, i.e. Genesis to Revelation; i.e., in both the Old and New Testaments.

PNG should value its artifacts and not blame them for the corruption that occurs within government. If people don't want them to adorn their beautiful buildings, then sell them to overseas museums who would be willing to buy them for millions.

This money could then be used to help the disabled with modern aid and equipment.

What about the artifacts held by Australians in Australia and around the world. Does Theo want them destroyed as well? Sorry, I'm keeping mine.

The spiritual world is a world little understood by the human race and the actions of spirits both good and bad are no restricted by borders.

This House of Parliament has no political opposition and internal debate dynamics. I wouldn't know the reasons.

But if somebody one day moves the motion that all members climb the roof and jump to the ground it will be approved almost unanimously and implemented.

Let me start by asking, 'what sins have these beautiful carvings committed?'

The rationale behind the destruction of these wonderful work of art can't stand the test of time. I assume the fundamentalist Christians as always blame those figureheads, the shape and the name of our Haus Tambaran to be responsible for the ills we as a country are facing. What utter rubbish!

Please someone show me proof of wrongdoing by these carvings.

By removing them, have we eradicated things that cause our MPs' sin?

For goodness shake, let's point fingers in the right direction and attempt to rectify it.

Why the inanimate objects that hold historical value and which decorate our Haus Tambaran?

After years we will know if the removal of these beautiful wooden heads will change anything. For now I am certain nothing will change unless we stop electing thieves into the Haus Tambaran.

What will the artists or their heirs think of the unceremonial removal and chainsawing of their artifacts at the PNG National Parliament?

The article says the Speaker's actions were sanctioned by the Parliament. So in their endeavours to remove evil what comes next? The PNG version of the Spanish Inquisition ?

L wh

Excellent article, Fr Giorgio. Too much of cultural value has been destroyed through ignorance and bigotry. And surely the Haus Tambaran belongs to all the people of PNG, so by what right did the Speaker do this? Surely a criminal act has been committed.

Maybe our New Ireland friends can place some gorgor around the perimeter and close down Parliament for a while to to them a lesson!

I was trying to explain the significance of this to a friend and said it's like Scott Morrison (an evangelical) deciding to bulldoze the Sydney Opera house secretly one night because it "promoted evil".

God give us strength!

Sharing article to be published on monthly Catholic Reporter (Wantok niuspepa) on 12 December 2013:

Save the House of Parliament! Reject PNG religious fundamentalism!

By Fr Giorgio Licini
Catholic Reporter

PNG House Speaker Theo Zurenuoc these days is purging the House of Parliament of carvings and decorations that in his opinion are not worthy of a Christian country. According to press reports, he is doing it of his own authority and inspired by evangelical pastors. I wonder if anybody else could be allowed similar acts. What if the manager of the airport decides to shut down radar control; or the governor of Madang to remove the bulb of the Kalibobo lighthouse; or what if the CEO of PNG Power decides that modern electricity contradicts forty thousand years of traditional bonfires?

What’s happening to the Parliament building is really ridiculous if true that behind the move are fundamentalist Christians who cannot distinguish between the novelty of the Gospel and what of the past needs to be preserved and treasured as least for collective and historical memory.

These people seem to act regardless of the opinion of scholars and anthropologists. They are probably the same who run against the times (all the times) by trying to ban other religious practices by law, thus criminalizing people for their beliefs. But Christians have enough of this unfair treatment in China and North Korea, in many parts of the Middle East and even India, and elsewhere. Why retaliate in PNG?

PNG citizens should be aware of the rising religious fundamentalism. It sprouts from a mix of arrogance and insecurity, ignorance and cargo cult. Politicians should not court these movements. Listen rater to traditional educated and well grounded pastors, priests and bishops of the mainstream churches. They will criticize you from time to time. But they will do it for the good of the country. And your good!

That highest legislative house has seen a very good share of "contradictions" since it was built in 1984.
The contradictions are nothing peculiar to PNG alone. Other parliaments around the world have witnessed their fair share of sanity and insanity.

If the Head of the 9th Parliament and his team decided that the parliament building needs a makeover with "new symbols and a new atmospheric spirit" that evokes and inspires selflessness, servant hood, truthfulness, freedom and our need for a true God, then let it be.

Any small change towards that goal is welcome. And for that change to start from our parliament is doubly welcome!

In the last approximately last 30 years, "if those carved anthromorphic human faces that were designed to induce discipline and respect through the psychology of fear and intimidation had failed to inspire and achieve any semblance of positive virtues, then regardless of our sentimental affinity, they must go . Idols and graven images have been dismantled and burnt from time immortal.

The House of Parliament must now re-set its spirit to one of "love and freedom - and unfortunately not of fear and intimidation anymore for the next 40 years.

Thank you!

Why burn the carvings, why not sell them?

Sensless decisions and actions! It would be interesting to know if the advice really came "from a cabal of Christian pastors" and to know who they are.

If true they just discredit all Christians besides tampering with national heritage and cultural traditions. Be aware of religious fanatism and stupidity based on ignorance, insecurity and arrogance.

Politicians, don't court these guys for votes! Listen rather to educated pastors, priests and bishops of traditional mainstream churces even if at times they criticise you. They do it for the good of the country!

Zurenuoc seems to be striving to become a PNG Savonarola.

More from the Post Courier.
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The work to remove the intricately carved traditional decorations in the parliament, which Zurenuoc described as heathen, will continue despite the criticism and objection by the National Museum and Art Gallery.

“This week we will continue, work is in progress to pull down more ungodly images and idols in parliament. There must be no traces of elements of cult and demonic worship in the national parliament of PNG.”

http://www.islandsbusiness.com/news/papua-new-guinea/3931/png-speaker-rids-parliament-of-ungodly-carvings/

The removal of the lintel and its cutting up with a chainsaw was apparently done following the advice from a cabal of Christian pastors.

They reckon the images are evil and inspired by Satan and are responsible for all of PNG's problems. (As Elvina P Ogil points out, the evil is really in the live occupants of the haus tambaran.)

The whereabouts of the chopped up lintel is currently unknown. The museum declined to take the pieces.

Hacking at the columns inside the building is likely to cause structural damage. The image of pastors wielding chainsaws disappearing under a collapsing haus tambaran is captivating.

The whole thing is reminiscent of the cardinals running around the Vatican painting strategic fig leaves on oil paintings and chiselling off offending bits on statues (which are now stored somewhere apparently).

It all confirms the absurdity of established religion.

I think the Speaker and Clerk are what used to be called "wowsers" of the highest order.

This is vexing. PNG's is probably the coolest looking parliament in the world, I wouldn't like to see it changed.

I'm a bit confused though. Are the so-called evil structures included on that huge relief on the outside front wall? If it's possible to get a more precise image of said structures, and the totems inside, it'd be useful.

The members of the Sepik Region Development Discussion Forum on Facebook are very upset by the actions of the Speaker Theo Zurenouc and Parliamentary Clerk Vela Konivara.

They are all reminding them that you cannot remove the "evil" from the parliament by removing these carvings. The evil is in the hearts of the members of parliament who are corrupt.

Until this evil is removed the people of PNG will continue to suffer.

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