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Cooks Bishop condemns Diwali celebration as blasphemy

Cooks Bishop condemns Diwali celebration as blasphemy

Updated 15 November 2013, 14:52 AEST

A Cook Islands church leader says holding a public celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali on Rarotonga is a blasphemy against the Christian god.

Tutai Pere, Bishop of the Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands, strongly opposed the Diwali ceremony last week on the grounds that Cook Islands is a christian country.

He says that Cook Islanders desecrated their old idols with the arrival of Christianity in 1821, and what he sees as idol worship should not be allowed to take place in the country today.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Tutai Pere, Bishop of the Apostolic Church of the Cook Islands

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