We should be reminded that only a hand full of Methodists have a political agenda, which consequently is destroying the religious values for the remainder of the 300,000 followers.
This is not about religion its about POLITICS. The Government is NOT against the Methodists, its against the POLITICS, lets be constantly reminded of that. The SDL party has freely admitted it has a clear strategy with regards to the Methodist church and the current government.
This old posting from Isl Girl is an excellent example of the issues within the Methodist Church. Politics are still driving the agenda.
The Methodist Church have clearly demonstrated over and over where they stand with regards to the current Government.
Again the battle between state and religion continues within Fiji with no outcome except to paint the current Government as the bad guy and the religious Zealots as the goodies. This could not be further from the truth.
When the Methodists Church spoke for all of its 200,000 plus members and rejected the peoples charter, these members did NOT get a democratic say in the document, they were told to reject it outright and support the church and in doing so lend support to the SDL Party.
To put this into perspective you need only look back in history to understand the agenda of the Methodist Church in Fiji and the lack of a democratic governments and fair elections.
In 2006 during the General Election the Assembly of Christian Churches ran an advertisement in the Fiji Times advising all members to vote for the SDL party, in the advertisement it showed voters which box to tick, it said ‘It is therefore the duty of all citizens of this nation to elect a god fearing and proven prime minister’ and that Prime Minister was the staunch Methodist supporter Qarase .
Quotes were used from the bible stating that ‘Diseases, death, droughts, famines, poverty and slavery’ would befall those who did not support the SDL party and ultimately vote Qarase back into power.
Is this what our foreign neighbors want for Fiji? Doesn’t the rest of the world get it, we have never been a democracy, do Australia and New Zealand support this type of voting, bullying members of the church to vote or they will be cursed and die a horrible death.
This country should be appalled by the double standards the Methodist Church preaches, have we forgotten it was the Methodists who actively supported the 1987 coup, it which Rabuka invited Methodist Minister Raikivi to serve as one of his Ministers.
And let’s not forget that the Methodist Minister Manasa Lasoro was instrumental in convincing Rabuka to impose a decree that prohibited working on Sundays.
In the 2000 coup Methodist church leader Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi said ‘while Speights terrorist activities could not be supported, the Methodist church supported the interim government because Speight’s objectives had been met’.
However only today the Methodist Church has contradicted itself by saying ‘that the proposed People’s Charter will always be an evil document because it was born out of an illegal government’. Mr Waqairatu has said in the media that the charter was the child of the coup. “The coup was illegal and so the charter is illegitimate.” BUT didn’t the Methodists support past illegal coups, the difference being that the current government are supporters of all religions and all races, they have not been bought by the Methodist Church.
Are we heading towards a Christian state? Ratu Soqosoqo a Kadavu chief said before the 2006 election ‘if we cannot make Fiji a Christian country the we chiefs should make our territories and everyone in them Christians’
One man one vote is obviously and alien concept for the Methodist church as they are dictating to their members what they will and will not accept, democracy is long dead in Fiji. And for all other citizens of Fiji understand this, the Methodist church is blackmailing its followers and amounts to nothing short of management by fear on behalf of the leaders of the church.
The real battle in this lies between the military and removing the SDL/Methodist power base that was leading this country to ruin.
Methodist Church and the SDL party are one and the same, they do not want a democratically elected government, they do not want reforms and they most certainly do not want the one man one voting system, as this will mean the end of their power base in Fiji.