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Waqairatu backs Christian state

Source: Radio             Australia The new President of the Methodist Church says the church backs the idea of Fiji being an officially Christian state. Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu has told Radio
07 Sep 2012 14:14

Source: Radio
            Australia

The new President of the Methodist Church says the church backs the idea of Fiji being an officially Christian state.
Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme Fiji was ceded to God by the chiefs, meaning it was and remains a Christian country.
The position puts Reverend Waqairatu’s views in dispute with those of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and his Government and other major Christian churches.
They all say Fiji should be a secular state where all religions and faiths are equal and free.
But it aligns Reverend Waqairatu with the controversial position of the party removed from power in 2006, the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua.
“Fiji was given to God,” Reverend Waqairatu told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat.
“When we say that Fiji is a Christian state…we say it was decided by our chiefs who ceded Fiji to Great Britain that Fiji be a Christian country.
“When it was given to God, it has already established its covenant relationship with God, and that covenant relationship is eternal – it cannot be withdrawn.”
Reverend Waqairatu says while Fiji says there are many non-Christian faiths in Fiji, and the church intends to have good relations with them.
“We say that this is a Christian state, and we recognise the existence of other living faiths, and we have to work out a healthy relationship with them,” he said.




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