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Rev Nawadra (http://www.smh.com.au/world/methodists-losing-faith-in-fiji-20120111-1pve7.html)
Church stands firm against homosexuality

in FIJI, 23/05/2012

WE love the person but we hate the sin. The comment was made yesterday by the Methodist Church as it maintained its stand against the promotion of the activities of sexual minority groups.

Church acting general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said the church was adamant that a union between a man and a woman alone was sacred and the scriptures abhorred any other kind.

"It (the promotion of sexual minority rights) is against the morals and the teachings of the church, we do not condone any such activities."

Mr Nawadra said the church respected the individual rights of the members of sexual minority groups.

"It is in their every right to stand up for what they believe in but the issue itself is not condoned by the church based on our beliefs and the principles of the Bible," he said.

The church has always maintained its opinion against the promotion of sexual minority issues over the years and Mr Nawadra maintains that the church's stance will not be swayed on the issue.

The church will, however, offer spiritual guidance to members of the group who seek their advice.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersexed and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community was yesterday dealt a blow after the police cancelled their permit for a march to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Jasmine Kaur, march organiser and founder of Oceania Pride, said the march was to highlight the stigma faced by the LGBTIQ community in the country and to help raise awareness on the issue.

"All we want is to highlight the stigma and rejection that we get from our very own communities and we want to advocate for people to just stop because we are humans too and we have rights too."

She said the cancellation was a disappointment and feared for the safety of hers and the lives of the LGBTIQ group members in the country.

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