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Church condemns act

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE Methodist Church has called on those involved in the desecration of sacred religious items at the Nadi Arya Samaj Primary School to present themselves and seek forgiveness from the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, the management body of the learning centre.

General secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua called the act "shameful and disrespectful of the multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious society that Fiji is".

"From a Christian perspective, the covenant made between God and the Israelites included the command to respect and have compassion on the stranger," he said.

"Jesus teaches us to love our neighbours.

"Whoever did this terrible act, if they claim to be Christians, need to seriously examine their spiritual lives."

Mr Banivanua said the incident was especially distressing because it took place during Easter, a time when Christians were supposed to be reflecting on their sins and forgiveness received through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection.

"Our call to share the gospel must be done in love. This act is not an act of love for God or neighbour.

"If the perpetrators are Christians, I urge them to come forward, confess and seek the forgiveness of the community they have hurt by this barbaric act."

During the Easter weekend, an unknown number of people entered the school's prayer room and desecrated it by eating meat and throwing bones in the sacred area.


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