Saying that the Methodist church was out for confrontation is way out of line. This claim would have been believable if you had documented evidence, but if this is your opinion, democratically, you are entitled to it.
There was researched evidence printed on Raw Fiji News about how the Methodist Church had condemned all the coups.
The Lasaro Koroi incident in 1989, 2 years after the first coup had nothing to do with supporting Rabuka, the march was in opposition to the lifting of the Sunday ban.
In 2000 Rev. Tuwere and some Methodost ministers did go into the Parliment grounds where Speight had held captive Chaudary and his Labour party.
In his letter afterwards, he explained that there was a neccessity for spiritual strengthening, to the captives, and the coupsters needed to be addressed biblically to judge their own actions.
This was done because it was their duty to which they are ordained for, it had nothing to do with supporting anyone, especially if it is wrong lawfully morally or spiritually.
Now, Bainimarama in this coup has tried to label the Methodist Church as the fuel or spark to start the fire, which I gather to be your opinion.
We may never know what the Standing commitee discussed in their meeting, so we can assume many things.
This part though we know to be true. The Lotu had decided that the AGM would go ahead.
The Gone Marama Bale was notified traditionally, and she in turn summoned the people of Rewa in accordance
The Methodist Church has to hold this AGM as required by its Constitution, failing to do this could see the Lotu Wesele in breach and can be deemed an illegal religious body.
The Methodist Church which derives its name from its methodical way of worship and structural implementation has not missed a Bose o Viti since 1838, I don’t think the current leaders would like to be found guilty as the the first to abandon or cancel the Bose o Viti.
So, if confrontation does happen, Budhau, it’s not because they went out specifically looking for it, there are much deeper or more important reasons behind it.
We all don’t want to come to this conclusion, but the Methodist Church could be the only legal body still standing and that might be why the Talatalas are prepared to go to jail, degraded and humiliated for it.
The head of all Christian Churches went through it, why shouldn’t they ?