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Communalism is ‘to love thy neighbour'

Friday, August 29, 2008

THE Methodist Church says despite its stand against the People's Charter, there was no threat from the military.

"Worship basically means service done to God and people so all matters related to the welfare of members should be discussed in the church. That was why the charter was discussed and the church took the stand it believes in to oppose it," he said.

Mr Waqairatu said the Bible contained texts applicable in situations faced by humans and needed to be applied accordingly to determine a sense of direction for the people.

He said that was why the church met annually to discuss all issues concerning its members. Mr Waqairatu added the decision made by members this week to reject the charter would be good for all because it would prevent future unrest.

"We want to move the nation forward in a legitimate manner and that is why we oppose the document," he said.

"A common name would have implications on other documents close to indigenous Fijians and this would have negative impacts, in the long run."

Mr Waqairatu said moves to call everyone Fijian was a "daylight robbery and it's a pity that only Fijians were used through the army to promote the charter".

Mr Waqairatu said the church supported communalism where people looked out for one another. "The charter promotes individualism and this leads to selfishness as people become an island of their own, failing to fulfill the greatest commandment of loving thy neighbor as you love yourself," he said.

Mr Waqairatu said the presentation by the chiefs to support the church's stand was honoured because Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu and Ratu Epenisa Cakobau represented their confederacies.

"The head of the confederacies had no where else to present their views with the absence of a Great Council of Chiefs so this was the right forum," he said.





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