A clear separation of church and state says Samoa’s Archbishop

The archbishop of Apia, Alapati Lui Mataeliga, says the constitution already recognises Samoa as a Christian country and there should be a clear separation of church and state.

The National Council of Churches has called for Christianity to be further entrenched in the constitution.

The Archbishop said his representative on the National Council of Churches did not ask him for his opinion on the question of constitutional change.

He says it’s wrong to identify Islam and terrorism, and the best way forward for all religions is peaceful dialogue.

“The Catholic Church is at the forefront of dialogue especially with non-Christian religions and I take that view too.”

“I think we should open our hearts and our minds to Islam and not really rush into condemning Islam just because of terrorists.”



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