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Faith groups accept condom use

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, December 15, 2012

DESPITE sharing the same platform in terms of not encouraging sex before marriage, some religious organisations have finally accepted the promotion of condoms.

Interfaith Search Fiji chairman, Jalal Ud Dean said condoms were not mentioned in any religious scripture.

"We found that 19 faith groups have commonality as they share the same platform in terms of not encouraging sexual activities out of wedlock," Mr Dean said. "There is a commandment in the 10 Commandments of not committing adultery."

Interfaith Search is an organisation comprising 16 different religious groups that aims to find commonalities for the national good.

Mr Dean said this was mentioned in different holy books.

He said the faith groups had agreed that the condom was more preventative in terms of the diseases but was not supported by the scriptures.

"The scripture doesn't mention condom because it was not invented in those days when the scriptures were written but it is more of a prevention in terms of modern science over the last 40 years."

Mr Dean said there were certain groups, particularly among the Christian denomination, who discouraged the use of artificial contraceptive devices.

"The other faiths may not see it from the same perception but see it as prevention against diseases.

"Even among people within marriage they see it as preventative measures.

"That is the mixed feeling that we have and people accepted it, they don't have a problem."

Mr Dean said the use of condom was widely accepted by churches in Fiji in terms of preventing the spread of the diseases.

"Even though some faith groups discouraged the use of artificial contraceptives but in terms of the sickness it is a different story."

He said this was a debatable topic in their monthly meetings as it was a very sensitive issue.


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