11 Nov 2005

Fiji methodists warn of storm in response to ban on anti-gay rally

9:36 am on 11 November 2005

The Methodist Church of Fiji has warned that a catastrophe similar to the disastrous Hurricane Katrina in the United States could strike the country if the church is continuously denied a permit to protest publicly against gays.

The church's general secretary, the Reverend Ame Tugawe, has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that as their proposed march has been cancelled because a permit has been refused, Fiji should prepare for nature's wrath at any time.

He says if they don't march against gays, Fiji should be careful because what happened in New Orleans could happen in the country.

The Reverend Tugawe says the church's social services department would meet this week to discuss other options to show its opposition to homosexuality.

The Fiji government had handed over US$30,000 to the US ambassador in Suva, Larry Dinger, to help with relief work for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Mr Dinger said the American government and people had been deeply touched by Fiji's gesture.