16 Jun 2006

Legal opinion in American Samoa on Da Vinci Code movie withheld

3:14 pm on 16 June 2006

The American Samoa Government has received a legal opinion over calls to ban the movie, The Da Vinci Code.

But our correspondent in Pago Pago says the Governor, Togiola Tulafono, will withhold the decision until the scheduled release later this month.

Neighbouring Samoa banned the movie and other countries have been called on to take action, including in American Samoa.

However, no countries in the region has banned the book on which the movie is based.

Meanwhile, the Kanana Fou seminary, has turned the debate on the movie into a subject of study.

The seminary president, the Reverend Tafa Muasau, says the movie should be viewed in the context that it is a work of fiction and Christians should not be alarmed by it.

"The problem is not seeing the movie, but rather if you understand the differences between novel, fiction and a non-fiction or something which is created and the historical truth."