5 Dec 2008

Samoa Council of Churches calls for review of constitution on freedom of religion

4:29 pm on 5 December 2008

The chairman of Samoa's Council of Churches or NCC has revealed a move by the council to limit the number of faiths and religions entering the country.

The Reverend Elder, Oka Fau'olo, says it is urging the government to review Article 11 of the constitution relating to freedom of religion.

The call comes as mainstream churches keep losing members as they converting to small denominations and non-Christian beliefs.

Oka Fau'olo has told a symposium on Pacific futures law, Religion and Culture, that the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has received a letter from the council asking him to limit the number of religions by amending the constitution.

However, the chairman says the prime minister has told the NCC that it is not easy for the government to accept such a demand because of democratic principles plus the fundamental human rights to freedom of religion.

However, our correspondent says the Attorney General's office has been given the task of considering the NCC's plea.