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Speaker of Papua New Guinea’s Parliament Destroys ‘Evil’ Pagan Carvings

Papua New Guinea’s speaker of parliament causes outrage after destroying intricate carvings in the parliament as part of an evangelical Christian ‘purge’ of pagan idols

By Jonathan Pearlman

The speaker of parliament in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea has caused outrage after destroying intricate wooden panels and artefacts around the parliament, which he says represent “evil” non-Christian gods of witchcraft and idolatry.

In an evangelical Christian “purge” likened to the Taliban destruction of the statues of Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Theo Zurenuoc has chopped up numerous carved heads and panels and is now planning the removal of a thirty-foot high, four-ton totem pole from the parliament’s Grand Hall.

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