we leave you this news piece to chew on during the weekend. Has the Sleeping Giant finally awaken? The churches are after all the conscious of the Nation. Remember the Catholic Church and their fights against tyranny in East Timor, the Philipines under Marcos, and in Poland against the Communist.
Are we seeing the begining of the final count down? Blog on Ragone and remember to pray for our country and our childrens future this weekend. Blog on Ragone!
By MARGARET WISE and SERAFINA SILATOGA
Friday, September 12, 2008THE Methodist Church and the interim Government are heading on a collision course over the People’s Charter.
The proposed draft document has so far been the main bone of contention between the interim Government and the all-powerful church which wields a lot of influence among the indigenous community.
The church has made its view of the charter clear from the beginning. Now it is telling members not to sign any form relating to the charter except the one provided by them which rejects the charter.
And the interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has told the villagers of Navosa not to listen to the advice of chiefs, church leaders and politicians. He identified the group as power-hungry opportunists whose self-serving political ranting only contributed to the declining standards of the indigenous community.
Cmdr Bainimarama’s scathing attack on the group at Nabuyanitu Village was part of an impromptu speech, explaining the reasons for the military takeover and the basis of the proposed charter.
At the end of his contribution, he exalted the regime by reiterating it was being driven by a higher authority.
Cmdr Bainimarama said the response to the charter should be made individually and free from influence.
He encouraged the villagers to contribute to the charter by adding their thoughts on how the document could be improved.
He said deposed PM Laisenia Qarase and his government had to be removed because they proposed racist policies that were unchristian and contrary to the convictions of the indigenous community.
Methodist Church general secretary elect Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu said the response so far from church members was overwhelming.
“The members have until the end of this month to give in all the forms which are to be signed expressing the church’s stand in not supporting the charter,” he said.
Cakaudrove church divisional head Reverend Peceli Tubelili said they had distributed forms to their members through pastors at sector levels and the feedback had been overwhelming.
For the church circuit in Dreketi, Macuata, members of the Methodist Church as well as other denominations, including sugar cane farmers, signed the forms and returned them