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Party believes in Christian values

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WHAT use is a Christian state if its people act in an un-Christian manner, says One Fiji Party leader Filimoni Vosarogo.

Mr Vosarogo said he was of the firm belief that being a Christian state and a state of Christians were two different things.

"The party stands for the recognition of the sovereignty of God over the island nation of Fiji. This recognises the divine design of God in the different paths of our forefathers and his blessing on our lives until today as a multi-racial country," he said.

"This recognition was in the 1997 Constitution and is not in this one.

"Without a doubt, Christian principles and values have shaped this nation. Moral standard of service, its penal laws, its health social development policies have all been shaped and influenced by Christian principles.

"Whilst One Fiji believes that faith is personal and communal, it also believes in the absoluteness of a person's right to choose his or her choice of religion, conscious or belief. As in the 1997 Constitution, the recognition of Christian values and principles as the guiding philosophy is recognised. That was a people's constitution.

"This one isn't. Even Professor Ghai disowned it after the government put away the people's draft and wrote its own.

"We need to go back to the consensus of the people on these very important and pertinent national issues. An enforced constitution cannot be of the people."

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