10 Nov 2003

Fiji gay stoning call criticised

4:31 pm on 10 November 2003

A call by the President of Fiji's Methodist Church for all homosexuals to be stoned to death has been strongly criticised by a former church leader.

The Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca made his comments condemning gays after the ordination of the first practising homosexual Bishop in the Anglican Church.

But the Reverend Josateki Koroi, who was deposed as president in a church coup in 1987 soon after the Rabuka military coups, has condemned the stoning statement, describing it as unchristian.

Mr Koroi has told the Sunday Sun that homosexuals do not deserve to be stoned to death but to be respected and treated equally.

He says Christianity does not teach discrimination.

Mr Koroi says church ministers who are ready to judge homosexuals must take a close look at themselves because some of them drink alcohol and commit adultery, yet hold on to their church posts.