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23 December 2013


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I see that early on in the discussion of the Speaker's actions comments were made which suggested that he was a fundamentalist Christian.

However going by his name and the fact that he is the member for Finschhafen I can only assume that he like the majority in that area is a follower of the Lutheran faith.

Is his reformation an attempt to replicate the deeds of Martin Luther the founder of that faith?

I disagree with you Frank.

I think the carvings fiasco is being seen as symbolic of all those other indicators that you mention and it is having a profound effect upon how Papua New Guinea is perceived internationally.

Perhaps you will recall the worldwide reaction to the destruction of ancient sculptures by the Taliban. That singular act galvanised public opinion worldwide against the Taliban in a manner that far outstripped the reactions to their more heinous atrocities such as the bombing of innocent civilians. The effect of that act was only topped when they shot a schoolgirl simply seeking an education.

It is curious how these things work. That is why I think of it as a catalyst that has had unimagined ramifications.

I'm sure the Speaker and his nutty friends were well aware of the symbolic nature of what they were doing. They knew it would be a statement about what PNG stands for.

And they were dead right. Unfortunately it has worked not to demonstrate that the country is a God-fearing one but to demonstrate that it is a land of hopeless screwballs.

PNG isn't the place where greedy politicians steal money and deny people social justice; neither is it the hackneyed 'land of the unexpected'.

It is the place where religious fanatics are destroying its culture.

It is a wounded animal that is eating itself.

Wow, that's quite amazing how people don't appreciate the deeply symbolic nature of removing the carvings.

Truly a symbolic gesture in every sense.

(Note to the Speaker - poles are phallic symbols. Better make it a flat plaque instead.)

I wonder how long this sad chapter lasts?

Phil you must be joking. There are more important things that affect a nations reputation (as alluded to by Robert) than removal of carving.

Political stability, economic progress, corruption in high places, health indicators and poverty are the main issues at the moment.

No, the nation's international reputation doesn't hang on just carvings, regardless of how strongly you feel about them.

With the removal of carvings from the National Parliament, I now expect great things from PNG legislators - no sorcery, posin, sanguma, witchcraft or other demonic activities. Goodbye to masalai, and all ancestral spirits.

Satan out you go!!

This is a psycho-spiritual washing in the waters of a Revivalist and Pentecostal Theology.

All jokes aside, what is the country coming to?

Phil,I disagree with you. I think you still care!

Phil, Papua New Guinea has become the laughing stock of the world not because of some destruction of ancestral heirlooms but we are embarrassed that we are one of the most corrupt nation in the world, and the top corrupt nation in the Pacific.

What is more embarrassing and damaging is that we are very rich but so poor that we cannot provide basic health care because millions of kina was mismanaged and stolen by corrupt individuals.
Friends, let us mourn for the things that has brought greater consequences, mourn for Papua New Guineans dying due to lack of basic health care.

By the way, the ancestral heirlooms in the parliament do not represent the whole of P.N.G, any way.

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