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07 February 2014

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It occurred to me that these violent incidents against alleged sorcerers has something in common with the recent destruction of the carvings in the National Parliament and now the crazy idea to do away with the Nokondi symbol in the Eastern Highlands.

The repeal of the 1971 Sorcery Act was made because it was construed that by using sorcery as a defence in assault and murder trials the Act inadvertently recognised the existence of sorcery.

The repeal of the Act was a clear statement by the government that sorcery did not exist.

The destruction of the carvings took this a step further into the realms of culture and spirituality.

Ironically, the moves to destroy Nokondi and the carvings reverses the government's belief that spirituality, including evils like bad sorcery, exist.

By destroying the carvings and removing the Nokondi symbol the perpetrators are acknowledging their belief that these things are real.

You can't have it both ways.

The confused government needs to make it clear what it actually believes.

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