No offence taken; P.M defends preacher's words

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has defended a preacher whose casual use of language during a sermon has caused a stir on social media. 

A short clip of a preacher, who has been identified as Mikaele Tuimavave, sharing a joke with an audience during pastoral seminar has been circling the internet and includes words some Samoans find surprising. 

In the joke, Padre Tuimavave makes reference to a part of the male anatomy while sharing a joke about a fugalaau (flower) and a miki (type of bird), something many Samoans consider more sensitive when said in-language. 

But the Prime Minister came to the preacher’s defence and said the use of everyday language should not leave people feeling offended during his Taimi ma le Palemia programme on Sunday evening.

“To me, there’s nothing wrong with the speech,” he said.

“The way I see it, this is one way pastors frequently use to keep the audience active and less boring. Their jokes are meant to keep them awake if they fall asleep.”

Tuilaepa said he had a good laugh while watching the clip.

“He’s using the everyday language to portray (his) message so we shouldn’t be thinking otherwise,” he said. 

“In the world of preaching, making the audience understand the message is a priority but there are some preachers who care most about the right and respectful words [...] which no one will understand.

“That means that the preacher is only thinking about his knowledge and understanding of words.”

It was not the preacher but rather those who recorded and posted the clip the P.M said.

“Those people should’ve edited the clips before they’re posted online [...] they don’t understand their job well,” he said.

On social media some agreed with the Prime Minister while others thought the language was too much for use in church. 

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