By REBECCA KUKU
THE Catholic Professionals Society of PNG has called for the LGBTQ (lesbian gay bisexual transgender queer) flag to be lowered, saying that it was a threat to the country’s moral standing as a Christian nation.
The society’s president Paul Harricknen said PNG was founded on the preamble of a Christian foundation and local tradition.
“We have nothing against the LGBTQ community, our forum here today (yesterday) is about foreign governments pursuing their interest in our country,” he said.
“It’s about the flag been raised, such an action makes a statement and we are against that statement because marriage is a union between a man and a woman.”
Harricknen called on the leaders to reject the protagonists and provocateurs and their intentions.
“We call on our leaders of Government, civil service, churches and people to be vigilant against any blind reception of advices and terms and conditions from foreign aid givers and funding donors which are aimed at eroding and destroying our founding values, beliefs, faith and morality.
“We believe the LGBTQ campaign is one of the hidden agendas being pushed by foreign and international organisations and governments with impunity and disrespect to our norms and beliefs.
“We have a duty to safeguard these values, beliefs and principles for the present and future generations. We hope the Government can take heed of this issue. If PNG is to pursue the dream of becoming the richest black Christian nation, then issues of moral values and principles, beliefs and faith must be vigilantly safeguarded.”
Harricknen said they were not trying to incite any hate or violence against the community but only wanted the flag to be lowered.
By REBECCA KUKU