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08 December 2013


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Phil Fitzpatrick, since the first day that I became involved with Attitude you have been like an uncle to me.

Hat long toktik. Pasin yu gat.

Mi sori tru long ol dispela trabol nau bagarapim bel bilong yu.

Bai mi mekim wanem nau?

Yumi man bilong graun.

Phil, I feel the first mistake was made back in the 1980s when the people building the House of Parliament decided to make the building in the shape of a Haus Tamberan, a spirt house, in the Maprik District, complete with the string of masks outside the front door.

This was not appropriate for a Parliament House for a country made up of many tribes and many cultures. It was tying in their ancient spiritual beliefs too closely with the future running of the country.

Later, Somare has seen the problem that they had created and has tried to correct it. But he once again has mixed up religion with government.

He has forgotten that religion is a private personal concern. He should have left the Church and State separate. The Church leaders should lead the Church and the politicians, judges, police etc have to lead the State.

If the politicians, judges, police and so on are Christians by faith then this is the correct way for their religion to have some impact on the way the country is to be run politically.

I think it would solve the problem if they decided to eventually build a new Parliament House without any connections to the people's spiritual beliefs.

I strongly suspect that this business of destroying ancestral heirlooms housed in the National Parliament has irreparably damaged Papua New Guinea's international reputation.

It has done much more damage than all the claims of corruption and the hideous witch killings put together.

Papua New Guinea has now become the laughing stock of the world.

It is being lumped in with the worst fundamentalist countries in the poxiest parts of the world.

It has severely embarassed her allies and, worst still, has turned away many of her supporters throughout the world.

Peter O'Neill must have initially welcomed the whole silly affair as a useful political diversion (I wonder what he's been up to while everyone has been looking the other way) but he must now be realising what the Speaker and his mad cohorts have achieved.

I mourn for Papua New Guinea but I'm afraid I don't care any more.

Giorgio Licini, you got it all wrong. Was Jesus Christ not a 'fundamentalist' in the eyes of the Pharisees? He turned upside down tables in the table, & preached against complacency & compromise. You now term Christians who are so sold out for Christ as fundamentalists. That's okay. May the Lord God Almighty judge them wrong for being fundamentalists. Otherwise your views are no different to Pharisees of the Bible.

If you are a true Christian, then you would not get jealous of those who are so passionate about Christ Jesus. It is utter hypocrisy for you claim to be a Christian & yet turn around & persecute Christians who do the right thing.

You know full well that carvings were used in sprit houses (Haus Tambrans in Tok Pisin) for worship of ancestral sprits during traditional PNG. Carvings in the Parliament, therefore, represent ancestral sprits. Do you want PNG Parliament to give prominence to carvings which represent ancestral sprits? Further, do you want prayers to be offered to God Almighty for guidance & wisdom before Parliament session in a hall surrounded with symbols of foreign gods & ancestral sprits? Is that not compromise?

If you are truly a follower of Christ,,,then you would be teaming up with the Speaker in removing the carvings from the Parliament. However, your words clearly show that you are not speaking for Christ or the Christian fundamentalists (as you call) but you are speaking for the world. Therefore, the world will listen to you but not the true followers of Christ Jesus whom you brand them as 'Christian fundamentalists'.

Theo: God: The end.

The real issue that the Speaker has neither addressed nor taken good control over is the ever eroding nature of parliamentary standards and decorum to ensure Parliament, in all of its endeavors, achieves nothing less than the very best for the men, women and children of PNG as one people, to gradually grow stronger as a nation among the global community; the big picture!

He can do that with faith, discipline, and certainly without resorting to petty issues that distract even his own attention from the big picture.  

Removal of artifacts is but just a facade to distract attention from another major coup recently by parliamentarians in hijacking Parliament to award new pay and allowance increases for themselves, a decision that is biased; for how can any servants of the people decide for themselves how much they should be paid?

Call it conflict of interest, vested interest, or whatever but this, in itself, is  corruption at its best...and if Parliament practices this starkly clear act of abuse of authority, supervised by the Speaker, how on earth can our Parliament expect to weed out corruption under its mandate anywhere in PNG?

Without effective guidance and discipline by the Speaker, it seems that Parliament is deliberately deceiving the Nation, whose interest, it is meant to be guiding onto prosperity.

I like this article very much as well as another article on the same topic that can be found at:

I appreciate that PNG Attitude used an image a little more focused on the topic itself! :-)

I agree completely that this kind of mixed up religious thinking is making our country look very foolish.

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