Samoan Christians March Against Scientology

Source: BBC Monitoring / Radio New Zealand International
Date: October 4, 2007

Hundreds of Christian believers in Samoa from Pentecostal churches and ministries have marched in protest against the government's support of the Scientology religion. They marched to the front of the government building in Apia where Scientology tents have been put up as the main venue for its disaster training and seminars over the next two weeks.

The protesters have called on the government to reconsider its stance to allow the Scientology members into the country as they would try to persuade many Christian believers to join the scientologists.

Early this week, the chairman of the main council of churches, the Rev Oka Fau'olo, denied the council was supporting the goodwill visit by Scientology ministers. The chairman has warned the country to be very cautious of the organization's teachings.