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28 April 2015

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What role has the church got to play in this death penalty issue? The laws of the land complement the laws of nature.

The death penalty is justified as far a natural law is concerned. The roles of the churches are to visit the prisoners while they are behind bars and pray with and for them to go to to heaven.

The death penalty must be introduced for criminals or murderers who willfully take someone's life away.

I feel it is a punishment to those heartless people without any respect for public order and individual lives.

Why do not the silly churches talk about West Papua? This is the worst genocide exercise by Indonesia on Melanesia.

Stop playing politics within whilst we face the worst by the lack of respect of each other's dignity of existence.

Sometimes the only response is poetry.

“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.”

John Donne

The second last line is also the title of a pretty good book by Ernest Hemingway and it was turned into one of Gary Cooper's best films.

Out of the 66 books in the Bible, there is only one book in the New Statement called the "Letter of James" - written approximately around A.D 48.

That James unfortunately is not that King James of England but he was Jesus' brother.

King James of England only provided the leadership for the "translation of the Bible into the English language".

The 66 Books were the works of many authors,over many years apart but were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote.

The executions of the two Australians were done by an heartless Javanese government - not by a Melanesian government from West Papua.

Melanesians including Papua New Guinea are a separate crop, equally from a separate root.

There is no way the government of PNG will execute any of our convicts on the death row. We have the souls to forgive and let live.

The policy is only a deterrent to instill fear on would be offenders.

So, please don't tie unrelated events from completely different settings to air your grievance.

Anyone who has endured the media circus around the executions of Australian's Chan and Sukumaran cannot surely entertain any other opinion than that capital punishment is a sick, unnatural and evil thing. Along with six other convicted drug traffickers they were executed yesterday morning.

Indonesia's Attorney General stated "The result of the second execution was better, more orderly and more perfect than the last," he said, referring to executions carried out in January and noting the bodies were treated more "humanely" this time.

Well that's a relief. It was a perfect execution, unlike the less-than-perfect killings of thousands of West Papuans by the so-called civilised society of Indonesia.

And Papua New Guinea leaders want to start carrying out the death penalty in PNG? What does your King James' Bible say about that Mr. Zurenuoc? Perhaps it's too early an edition to include the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" or has that bit been conveniently edited out?

This is the same King James by the way that presided over witch trials, had an obsession with witchcraft and supervised the torture of accused women.

"James's visit to Denmark, a country familiar with witch-hunts, may have encouraged an interest in the study of witchcraft, which he considered a branch of theology.

After his return to Scotland, he attended the North Berwick witch trials, the first major persecution of witches in Scotland under the Witchcraft Act 1563. Several people, most notably Agnes Sampson, were convicted of using witchcraft to send storms against James's ship.

James became obsessed with the threat posed by witches and, inspired by his personal involvement, in 1597 wrote the Daemonologie, a tract which opposed the practice of witchcraft and which provided background material for Shakespeare's Tragedy of Macbeth.

James personally supervised the torture of women accused of being witches."

Seems appropriate for certain PNG leaders to venerate a book authorised by such a King.

Twitter feed from "CatholicReporter PNG ‏@CathRepPNG at 11:01 PM - 25 Apr 2015 read " #PNG Catholic Bishops not ready for Statement on Peace for West Papua, need further consultation and understanding - CBC General Secretary".

Now, let us ask: Further consultation and understanding for how much longer?

Wait till one of the Bishops & Priests gets a Nobel Peace Prize?

53 Years of genocide is way too long.
Coupled with transmigration,it has the potential to wipe out the entire ethnic Melanesians of West Papua.

Why is there no such an outcry and urgency accorded to such, by especially the main Christian churches in PNG?

Their misplaced fear and complicity is a stain on the Ministry we're called to serve.

We need to and must take a leaf from Retired Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and be the voice of conscience and reason in our turf.

Nobody has ever died yet in PNG in the hands of the Government because of the Capital Punishment Law.

There is no urgency to waste conference time on a non-issue and disregard genuine cases affecting the Melanesian people when West Papua is applying for MSG membership this year and 500,000 Melanesians of West Papua are already dead?

Excellent argument Bishop Arnold Orowae on behalf of the Catholic Church in PNG and Solomon Islands.

I look forward to reading your second argument to the International Community for self-determination and freedom for the people of West Papua.

The Melanesian people of West Papua have and are suffering atrocities and murder of more than 500,000 innocent people (since the 1960s) in their native land by the illegal occupier - Indonesia.

Fifty three (53 years) is too long a time.

One would hope, there is no need for further research and silence on this anymore.

On the 27th February 2015, Retired Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, of South Africa renewed his support for freedom and self-determination in West Papua.

http://freewestpapua.org/2015/03/16/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-renews-call-for-un-review-of-west-papuan-self-determination/

He is not a Melanesian but a respected church leader and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. In his views, genocide and torture anywhere on anyone and matters of peace deserve no territorial leadership to draw attention to.

The Yale Report, http://www.law.yale.edu/documents/pdf/Intellectual_Life/West_Papua_final_report.pdf and many other reports like this are pointedly clear, that genocide is happening next door.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201232172539145809.html.

Are we still waiting for a Nobel Peace Prize to make a call to the leaders of the free world and the UN for self-determination and freedom in West Papua?

Do we still need another body of research and wait another decade to make a stand?

Have we read not read Dr.Rev Martin Luther King Jr's letter from Birmingham Jail?

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

The sin of silence in complicity in this decade and - fifteen years into the 21st century is as much a sin as it was in the 1960's in Dr King's time and all the way to the slave trade in the early centuries.

Death by torturous government sponsored military and police in West Papua is a major blot and shame to the free and peaceful Pacific/Melanesia.

We cannot and must not tolerate silence any more. It's madly repugnant to continue to do so.

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