12 May 2005

Fiji vice-president queries Christianity and rise of crime

1:12 pm on 12 May 2005

Fiji's vice president has questioned the role of Christianity in the country as the crime rate continues to soar.

The Fiji Times quotes Ratu Jone Madraiwiwi as saying that despite the number of churches in Fiji and new preaching styles, crime is increasing with indigenous Fijians the worst offenders.

There are over 1,200 registered religious bodies in Fiji.

But, Ratu Joni says the crime rate continues to increase with rape, incest and many more degrading criminal activities happening today.

He says the majority of these offenders are indigenous Fijians.

Speaking in Lau, Ratu Jone has called on religious leaders to not only go to church but live the life of a Christian, so their church members could learn from them.