29 Oct 2002

Samoan PM defends banning of new religions in Samamea village

11:10 am on 29 October 2002

A Samoan MP has defended the decision of a local village to ban the establishment of any new religion.

Leao Dr Tuitama said the decision by the council of chiefs at Samamea village in his district of Va'a O Fonoti did not amount to a ban on freedom of religion.

He says that in a village of 200 people, having several religions isn't sensible and would disrupt village harmony.

He said having one religion promotes village unity in all aspects.

Leao says the chief's decision was based on the need to preserve order in the community.