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Moala Trust for Christian state

By FONUA TALEI The Moala Island Holdings Trust from Lau has recommended to the Constitution Commission that Christianity be proclaimed the state religion of Fiji. Presenting the submission on behalf
20 Oct 2012 09:38

By FONUA TALEI

The Moala Island Holdings Trust from Lau has recommended to the Constitution Commission that Christianity be proclaimed the state religion of Fiji.
Presenting the submission on behalf of the Trust, chairman Isireli Koyamaibole submitted that a state religion was neither a state-sanctioned nor state-subsidised denomination.
He said Christianity was a religion understood in its broadest sense.
“It is religion as an ethos, a system of values and guiding principles to be confessed and adhered to. Similar to the United Kingdom, the bible has helped to shape the values which define our country,” Mr Koyamaibole said.
Mr Koyamaibole proposed on behalf of the Moala Trust that Fiji should be established as a Christian state.
“In saying this we are incredibly proud that Fiji is home to many different faith communities who do so much to make our country stronger.”
On the issue of the national language, Mr Koyamaibole suggested that the iTaukei language should be made the national language for Fiji.
He said this would be a major step towards nation-building and the creation of a national identity.
“Provided every citizen of Fiji is able to converse and communicate in the iTaukei language it is likely that its impact on inter-personal relation, multiracialism, and national cohesion would be far reaching. This is crucial in our national endeavour to forge a cohesive multi-racial Fiji,” he said.
He opposed dual citizenship in Fiji because he felt that the loyalty of people with dual citizenship would always be questionable.
He said provisions of the 1997 Constitution should be retained.
The Moala Trust submits that the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (BLV) should be established under the Constitution and not under the Fijian Affairs Act.
They proposed that the BLV Act should be passed by parliament, setting out the role, functions, powers, membership, and finance of the BLV.




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