Uproar after gay activists told to leave Tonga because they are immoral and evil

Uproar after gay activists told to leave Tonga because they are immoral and evil
PHOTO: The banner with writing that says  “Go back to your country with your immorality, Tonga do not want you evil people.” Photo/Supplied

A protest by a church group who told gay activists attending a conference in Tonga they were evil has been strongly criticised.

The church members have hung a banner on the Nuku’alofa waterfront saying “Go back to your country with your immorality, Tonga do not want you evil people.”

The banner is a few metres away from the Fa’onelua Convention Centre where the conference is being held.

A dozen members of the Tokaikolo Church have been protesting since Monday 11 against a conference on sexual orientation and gay rights.

The theme of the conference is “Our Voices, Our Communities, Our Rights: Advancing Human Rights related to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression in the Pacific.”

About 50 people are attending the conference, which is being hosted by the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network.

Tonga’s Leiti Association and its supporters blasted the church protesters as “hypocrites.”

Leiti association’s President Joey Mataele told Kaniva News that when he read the banner he felt like an outsider in his own society.

He said he respected the church leaders in Tonga and he loved the people who protested against the conference.

“What does Friendly Islands mean?” Mataele said.

“We are fed up with saying Tonga is a Christian nation.”

He said it may have been better if the protesters had said a prayer for the gays during the conference.

Mataele said the protesters were trying to tell the public that gay people were evil and that everyone else, including the protesters, had not yet committed any sins.

Mataele said conference delegates had discussed public abuse they had suffered because of their sexual orientation, suicidal cases, HIV/AIDS/STI, NCD and bullying at school.

Questions under discussion included what was working well in the Pacific and what could be done to help those who had been physically abused in other Pacific Islands because of their gender. Delegates also talked about people who had been murdered because they were Leitis.

Gay supporter Pilinisesi ‘Ohaikula said the conference was about human rights and said  gay rights were only a fraction of it.

He said there were a number of issues the church should protest against such as rape, incest, murder and inter-colleges fights.

“Everybody is sinful, so who are they pointing a finger at?” ‘Ohaikula said.

“What harm do we bring that scares them?

“We only bring entertainment and cleanliness and civilization to our island.”

He called the protesters “ignorant, uneducated, heartless evil.”

He criticised the members of the Tokaikolo church saying it had caused a lot of trouble among its members.

Kaniva News was unable to reach any of the church members organising the protest for comment.

However, some commentators on social media said the church had a constitutional right to protest and express their opinions.

“Tonga is a very religious country,” one commentator said.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean it is a Godly country, there is a huuuge [sic] difference between the two. Religious people like to judge and condemn others, refusing to look at their own iniquity they are drowning in.”

The Tokaikolo church came under the spotlight in 2013 when more than half its congregation broke away in 2013 and established the Mo’ui Fo’ou ‘Ia Kalaisi church.  The break-away members claimed Tokaikolo church leader Rev Liufau Saulala was not accountable to church members and complained that they could not find out how church funds were being managed.

Fakaleitī

The Tongan word fakaleitī refers to gay men. Leitī comes from lady in English and fakaleitī refers to a man who is gay. Although there are gay women in Tonga there has been never any organisation organized to recognise gay woman. The conference in Tonga was organised and only attended by the fakaleitī or leitī.

The main points

  • A protest by a church group who told gay activists attending a conference in Tonga they were evil has been strongly criticised.
  • The church members have hung a banner on the Nuku’alofa waterfront saying “Go back to your country with your immorality, Tonga do not want you evil people.”
  • The banner is a few metres away from the Fa’onelua Convention Centre where the conference is being held.
  • A dozen members of the Tokaikolo Church have been protesting since Monday 11 against a conference on sexual orientation and gay rights.

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Pacific Sexual Diversity Network

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  1. Ongoongo Faka-Tonga  14/05/2015 at 00:02

    Hoko ha vālau hili ia hono fekau e kau poupou keí pe fakaleitií ke mavahe leva mei Tonga koeʻuhi oku nau kovi mo moʻui taʻe taau.

    Kuo fakaangaʻi lahi ha fakafepaki ʻa ha kulupu fakasiasi ne nau fakahā ki he kau poupou ʻo e kau keí ʻoku nau lolotonga konifelenisi ʻi Tonga ʻo pehē ʻoku nau kovi.

    Ne tau ʻe he kāinga lotu ni ha pena ʻi he matāfanga ʻo Nukuʻalofa ne fakalea ʻo pehē: Mou foki ki homou fonuá mo hoʻomou anga taʻe tāú, ʻoku ʻikai fie maʻu ʻe Tonga e kakai kovi ko kimoutolu.

    Ko e pena ne fakahāhā ko ʻení ne lau mita pe hono mamaʻó mei he Senitā Fakatahaʻanga Fāʻoneluá ʻa ia ne lolotonga lele ai ʻa e konifelenisí.

    Ne ʻi he lau tōsení pe e tokolahi ʻo ha kiʻi falukunga kakai mei he Siasi Tōkaikoló ne nau fakafepakiʻi e konifelenisi ko ʻeni ki hono fakafeangai ʻo e totonu ʻa e kau keí ki honau faʻahingá talu mei he Mōnite ʻaho 11
    Ko e kaveinga ʻo e konifelenisí ni ne pehē ko hotau ngaahi leʻo, hotau ngaahi komiunitií, ʻEtau Ngaahi Totonú, Teke e Ngaahi Totonu ʻa e Tangatá fekauʻaki mo e tuʻunga ʻokú te loto ke fakahaaʻi ai kita ko e tangata pe fefine ʻi he Pasifikí.

    Fakafuofua ki he toko 50 ne nau kau hake ki he konifelenisí ʻa ia ne fakalele ʻe he Pacific Sexual Diversity Network pea ʻe fakaʻosi ʻa pongipongí na.

    Kuo hanga ʻe he ʻAsosiesini ʻa e Kau Fakaleitī ʻa Tongá mo hono kau poupoú ʻo fakaangaʻi e kau fakafepaki mei he siasi ko ʻení ʻo taku ko e kau mālualoi.

    Kuo pehē ʻe he Palesiteni ʻo e Kau Leitií ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá kuó ne toki ʻilo ʻeni ʻi heʻene vakai ki he fakafepaki kuo hokó ta ʻoku ʻikai kau ia ʻi he sōsaieti Tongá.

    Ne pehē ʻe Joey Mataele ʻokú ne fakaʻapaʻapaʻi pe ʻa e kau taki lotu ʻi Tongá mo ʻofa ki he kakai ko ʻení ne nau fakafepakí ki he konifelenisí.

    Ka ne fehuʻi ʻe Mataele ʻo pehē pe ko e hā ko ā e ʻuhinga ʻo e ʻOtu Felenité.

    Kuo tau pāhia he lau ko e fonua Kalisitiane ʻa Tonga, ko Mataele ia.

    Naʻá ne pehē ne mei sai ange ka ne ō ange e kau fakafepakí ʻo fai haʻanau lotu mo lau ange haʻanau veesi folofola lolotonga e konifelenisí ʻe ʻaonga ange ia ʻi heʻenau tohi pena ne faí.

    Pehē foki ʻe Mataelé ʻoku feinga e kau fakafepakí ke fakamahino ko e kau fakaleitií ‘oku angataʻetaau pea oku ikai ke to e ‘i ai ha taha ia kau ai e kiʻi falukunga kakai fakafepaki ko ‘ení ‘e fai angahala.

    Pehē foki ʻe Joey ko ‘enau fakatahá ‘oku ‘ikai ke kau ai ʻa e mali tataú ia.

    Ko e me’a oku nau talanoa ki ai he konifelenisí ko e ngaahi fakaehaua kuo nau foua mai talu ‘enau tupu mai ki he mamaní mo e fonuá ni.

    ʻOku kau heni ʻa hono ta mo fakamamahi’i mo hono kapekape’i ki nautolu he feituʻu kakaí, pea pehe ki he taonakita tuʻunga ʻi he tuʻunga ʻoku nau ʻi aí, ko e kaveinga ki he HIV/AIDS/STI, NCD, mo hono fakamamahiʻi kinautolu he ngaahi akó.

    Ko e ngaahi fehuʻi ne feinga e fakatahaʻangá ni ke talí ne kau ai e fehuʻi pe ko e ha e founga ʻe lelei kiate kinautolu ʻi he Pasifikí?

    Ko e hā e meʻa te nau fai ki he niʻih ʻo kinautolu kuo fakaehauaʻi he ngaahi fonua ʻotu motu Pasifikí koeʻuhi ko e tuʻunga ʻoku ʻi ai ʻenau fefine pe tangatá? Ko e hā e meʻa ʻe fai kia kinautolu kuo fakapoongi he Pasifikí koeʻuhī pe he ʻoku nau fakaleitī pe kei?

    Ko e taha ʻo e kau poupou ʻo e kau keí ko Pilinisesi ʻOhaikula pea ne ne pehē ko e konifelenisi ko ʻeni ʻoku fekauʻaki ia mo e ngaahi totonu ʻa e tangatá pea ko e konga pe ai ʻoku lave ki he totonu ʻa e kau keí.

    Naʻá ne pehē ʻoku lahi e ngaahi kaveinga ʻi he nofó ʻoku totonu ke fai fakafepaki peheni ai ʻa e ʻū siasí hangē ko e tohotoho, nonofo ʻa e tangata mo e fefine fāmili ofi, fakapō mo e ngaahi kē fakakolisí.

    ʻOku angahala ʻa e taha kotoa ko hai leva ia ʻoku nau toe tuhu ki aí, ko e fehuʻi ia ʻa ʻOhaikulá.
    Ko e hā ha meʻa fakatuʻutāmaki ʻoku mau ʻomi ke mou manavahē ai?

    ʻOku mau ʻomi pe ki hotau motú e meʻa ke mou fiefia ai mo moʻui fakamaʻa pehē ki he tōʻonga moʻui ʻoku mavahe mei he tōʻonga moʻui fakavaotaá.

    Naʻe ne ui e kau fakafepakí ko e kau “vale, taʻe ako mo fakaʻuliloto”.

    Naʻá ne fakaangaʻi ʻa e kau mēmipa ʻo e Siasi Tōkaikoló ʻo ne pehē ʻoku lahi ʻetau longoaʻa he siasi ko ʻení ʻo ne ʻuhinga ki he ngaahi ngāngāʻehu kuo tolonga mai ʻi hono kau mēmipá.

    Ne ʻikai lava ʻa e ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ke fai ha fetuʻutaki mo e kinautolu e kau mēmipa ʻo e siasí ni ne nau fokotuʻutuʻu ʻa e fakafepakí ni ke ʻomi haʻanau lau.

    Neongo ia, ne pehē ʻe ha niʻihi ne ʻai haʻanau lau ʻi he mītia fakasōsialé kau ki he kaveingá ni ʻoku ʻi ai pe totonu ʻa e siasí ni ke nau fakafepaki mo fakahā ʻenau fakakaukaú.

    “Ko Tonga ia ko e fonua lau lotu ʻaupito” ko e lau ia ʻa e tokotaha.

    Ne hoko atu ʻa e toko taha ni ʻo pehē, ka ʻoku ikai ʻuhinga ia ko ha fonua ʻoku moʻui fakaʻotua, ʻoku ʻi ai ʻa e fuʻu kehekehe lahi ʻi he ongo meʻa ʻe ua ko ʻení. Ko e kakai lau lotú ʻoku nau saiʻia ke faifakamaau mo fakahalaki e kakai kehé kae ʻikai ke nau sio hifo ki he angahala ʻoku nau ngotofuʻu aí.

    Ne ʻave e tokanga foki ʻa e kakaí ki he siasi Tōkaikoló ʻi he 2013 he taimi ne laka hake ai ʻi he vaeuá e tokolahi e kau mēmipa ʻo e siasí ni ne nau mavahe kinautolu ʻo fokotuʻu ʻa e siasi Moʻui Foʻou ʻIa Kalaisí.

    Ne pehē ʻe he kau mavahé ne ʻikai taliui ange e taki ʻo e siasí ia, Faifekau Liufau Saulala mo nau lāunga foki ʻi he ʻikai ke nau ʻilo ne fiha ko ā e paʻanga ʻa e siasí ʻoku fakalele ʻakí.

    Fakaleitī mo e keí:

    Ko e lea ʻe ua ʻoku ngāueʻaki ʻi he talanoa ko ʻeni ʻoku mahuʻinga ke fakatongaʻi ʻa ia ko e fakaleitī mo e kei. ʻOkú na kehekehe pe ʻi he ʻuhnga faka-Tongá mo e ʻIngilisí.

    ʻOku ʻuhinga ʻa e keí ʻi he lea ʻIngilisí ki ha taha tangata ʻoku fakafefine pe fefine ʻoku fakatangata. Ka ko e fakaleitií ʻi he ʻuhinga faka-Tongá ʻoku ʻuhinga pe ia ki he kakai tangata ʻoku fakafefiné.

    Neongo ʻoku ʻi ia pe ʻa e kakai fefine ʻi Tonga ʻoku nau fakatangata, kuo teʻeki fokotuʻu ha kautaha pe ʻasosieisini ʻa e kau fakafāfiné ʻi Tonga ke fakafofongaʻi kinautolu.

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