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Why Christians won’t use neutral prayer, Qarase tells Nadera group

LITIA CAVA SUVA Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says there is absolutely no way that Christians will accept the neutral prayer offered by the Government based on the Secular State.
25 Jul 2014 09:01

LITIA CAVA
SUVA
Former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says there is absolutely no way that Christians will accept the neutral prayer offered by the Government based on the Secular State.
He was speaking at a Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) campaign meeting at Nadera Methodist Church hall last night.
About 50 people attended.
Mr Qarase said: “We cannot worship a GOD we do not know.” He questioned the implications of the Secular State.
He said if a school teacher wanted to conduct a Christian prayer ‘is he doing something wrong’.
“This is what I am trying to say about this provision of the new Constitution. It brings complication and confusion.”
The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has said that people were free to practice their own religion provided they do not impose it on others. He said they could pray freely but the Government could not impose any religion on people.
Mr Qarase said the problem with the Bill of Rights was that it was too broad.
“There are more rights in this Constitution compared to the 1997 and 1970.
“However, the biggest problem is that this law provides the Government the authority to limit your rights.”
He gave the Media Decree as an example. He also cited the right to housing. He said people could go to the Government for housing assistance. But it was up to the Government.
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