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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, October 1) – The Fiji Methodist Church will make a submission to the Government to stop any developments on the proposed gay resort in the Yasawa Group.

Church general secretary Reverend Ame Tugaue said the church always made its stand clear on gay issues and nothing would change that.

"It is against the teaching of God and nothing will ever change our stand to allow the gay people have their own resort because it is wrong in the eyes of God," Mr Tugaue said. "If this group of people have their own resort, more problems will arise such as drugs, rape as a result of drunkenness, marriage of the same sex and stealing."

Earlier this week, the media highlighted how two New Zealand developers were working on a resort in the Yasawas, targeted for homosexuals only.

Mr Tugaue said the church's standing committee, which included all senior pastors, had their meeting on Friday and agreed that a submission be made to the Government.

Mr Tugaue said those behind the proposal of the gay resort should be careful because God had his eyes on them.

"They should know that they are not fighting against human beings but against the Almighty and His teachings and that is why I ask them to be careful," he said.

"If this type of resort is allowed, the Christian values will quickly vanish and God's teachings will no longer be considered and that is dangerous," he said.

Meanwhile, the Rakiraki Tourism Association has also called on the Government to stop all developments on the proposed gay resort.

They have also called on the churches to stand firm in fighting gay rights or gay marriages in Fiji. Association president Uraia Waqa said Fijian landowners should not be fooled by such foreign investors.

"The two men highlighted in the email conversation should be questioned and if they come to Fiji or are already in Fiji then they should be take in for questioning," Mr Waqa said.

He said foreigners interested in developing business in Fiji should have respect for the indigenous community.

Ministry of Tourism chief executive, Vuetasau Buatoka said they would need to look at the papers first, which included working with the Fiji Trades and Investment Board.

"Once we get to see the documents then we will move to the island and talk with the landowners. The Native Land Trust Board is also looking at the type of land lease and talking to the landowners," Mr Buatoka said.

October 2, 2006

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