Showing posts from December 7, 2014

UN Observer Status for Pacific Community

Department of Information, Fiji       -      11 Dec 14
10 December, 2014: The United Nations General Assembly has today adopted a resolution granting the request for observer status of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution was originally submitted by the delegation of Fiji in support of the decision taken by the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Pacific Community of which Fiji was the Chair. In his statement after the adoption of the resolution today, the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson said this was a step in the right direction for sustainable development in the Pacific region, in particular for PSIDS, as it will help synchronize their development programmes with those of the United Nations agencies and programmes. The Secretariat of the Pacific Com…

Church and State

Fiji - a Secular State
Does Religion Have a Role to Play? Fr. Kevin J. Barr
"Dear Croz, I read with interest the article of Max Wallace - interesting but also selective. I attach an article of mine published in the local press about the secular state. I enlarged upon it in my booklet called The Church and Politics. Kevin Barr."
Today, in most countries of the world, there is a recognised separation of Church (or religion) and state.  Both are autonomous and one is not subject to the control of the other.  Where this separation of religion and state is recognised we say that society is “secularised”.  Peter Berger defines secularisation as “the process by which sectors of society and culture are removed from the domination of religious institutions and symbols”.  In a secularised society institutional religion in the form of a state religion ceases to impose order on society by way of external controls.
However one of the characteristics of a secular state is that it recognises …

Putting the Cat Among the Religious Pigeons

There's the occasional minor error, a pronounced anti-religious bias, and it's a little dated but this straight talking article addresses a very important issue that needs to be answered once and for all: the legitimate —and illegimate— role of the churches in a truly democratic Fiji.  The article is published for discussion.  I do not necessarily agree with the opinions expressed.  --Croz Fiji: Now a Secular Nation Fiji has a new Constitution that makes it a secular nation, with separation of Church and State. Dr Max Wallace explains.

On 10 April 2009 all the judges in Fiji were removed from office by the military led by Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama. The Constitution was treated as if it were a mere piece of paper. This major event was a consequence of the December 2006 military coup, one of four since 1987 to shock governments, diplomats, law societies, defenders of human rights and civil liberties, and non-government organisations.

The military cou…