14 Jan 2005

PNG pastor decries inter-faith tsunami service

7:28 am on 14 January 2005

A prominent pastor in Papua New Guinea says a government-backed inter-faith service for Asian tsunami victims downgraded Christianity.

The Port Moresby Assemblies of God pastor Tom Watinga said such a service endorsed what he called "false religious organisations".

Mr Watinga said the government should have stepped in to ensure the memorial service included only Christian churches.

The service was organised to take place last night and include Christian churches as well as Bahais, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs.

Mr Watinga said he sympathised with the victims and had personally given more than US$150 to PNG's tsunami appeal.