REPORT RAPS CHURCH’S ROLE IN FIJI POLITICS

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REPORT RAPS CHURCH’S ROLE IN FIJI POLITICS

By Ana Tudrau

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Mar. 1) - The Soqosoqo Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) party says it does not agree with the Methodist Church’s close involvement in Fiji politics.

The party was reacting to a U.S. study revealing that with religious groups based along ethnic lines, the Fijian-dominated Methodist Church features prominently in Fiji’s political life.

According to the report, the church displays strong nationalist sympathies and, with allied political parties, advocates the establishment of a Christian state.

SVT spokeswoman Ema Druavesi said the report should be thoroughly examined and the views of all Methodists be sought to determine whether or not the consensus of all its members were given to the current church executives. 

Church president Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca publicly said the church stands for indigenous rights and that Fiji be declared a Christian state.

He said the church needs to partake in politics to ensure that leadership was strong.

Mrs Druavesi said this revelation by Mr Ratabacaca raised the question of the role of religions.

"The nomination to the Senate of the past president of the Methodist Church by the Prime Minister reaffirmed the current president’s statement.

March 2, 2004

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