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Methodists firm on Christian state

By FONUA TALEI The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma submits that the best way forward for Fiji is to have a Christian sovereign democratic state. That was sentiments expressed
14 Oct 2012 09:18

Methodist Church president-elect Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu (left) presenting a copy of the church’s submission yesterday to the ConstitutionCommission chairman Professor Yash Ghai. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By FONUA TALEI

The Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma submits that the best way forward for Fiji is to have a Christian sovereign democratic state.
That was sentiments expressed by the church’s president-elect Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu while presenting the church’s submission to the Constitution Commission in Suva yesterday.
Reverend Waqairatu submitted that their proposal for a Christian state was based on two grounds originating from biblical principles and Christianity itself.
He said the country’s history showed that Christianity was the principal founding source of the modern Fiji. He reiterated that the church proposes a Christian state as the best way forward because it is the best basis for a just and caring system.
The church also submitted that the Bose Levu Vakaturaga be reinstated.
Reverend Waqairatu argued that peace and stability could only be brought about through the protection of the rights and responsibilities of indigenous people.
The church proposed that provisions related to religious institutions take due regard of the contribution of Christianity in the country.
Reverend Waqairatu said the church was of the view that the imposition of immunity would only perpetuate Fiji’s coup culture, adding that if immunity was instilled there would be no reconciliation.
He said we should face our past, and work together in reconstructing society. He also said the new constitution should enshrine principles and rules on how Fiji should be.




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