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Polye Talks Church and Politics

by Jack Lapauve – EM TV, Port Moresby

Polye says, it is timely we revisit the country’s constitution by seeking guidance from the holy word.

However, Mr Polye said the government must not corrupt functions of church.

The arrival of the 401 year old King James Version bible has received widespread attention in the country.
Opposition Leader, Don Polye, welcomed the idea but says politics must not interfere with church.

Upon its arrival this week in Port Moresby, Speaker Theo Zurenuoc called on for spiritual re-connection to fundamental believes of the country.

“The bible is the only source that contains those values more than any other faith document,” said Speaker Zurenoc.

But, Opposition leader said the government must not infiltrate churches to gain power and favor.  Polye says, the church and government must operate with a better understanding and boundary drawn between them.

“The church should be kept separate from the politics. We must not mingle them. It’s a very, very important institution and it must not be corrupted by politics. The purity of the church must not be mixed with the politics of those that are secular. The church must remain separate,” said Polye.

Meanwhilem Mr Polye said the Opposition is ready to discuss with the government, speaker of parliament and churches where to keep the King James Bible.

“We will trust and support his leadership to talk to both the government and the opposition to address that issue to where we keep the bible. I think it’s not a bad idea” Polye added

The bible is said to visit other provinces in the country in the coming weeks.

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