Fijivillage News wrote: "Ro Teimumu Kepa claimed in the SODELPA Special General Assembly that the official from the Ethics and Disciplinary Unit said that Christian prayers at Suva Grammar are unconstitutional...When questioned, the Education Minister, Filipe Bole said no such directive has been issued."
Vijay Narayan! HERE IS THE EVIDENCE. TAKE THE E-MAIL AND SHOW IT TO MASTER LIAR FILIPE BOLE, MINISTER FOR MIS-EDUCATION. DIRECTIVE WAS ISSUED TO BAN
RELIGIOUS PRAYERS AT SUVA GRAMMAR
By VICTOR LAL
Fiji's "Goebbels" journalists never fail to amaze me, especially those from Fijivillage, Fiji Sun and Fiji Broadcasting Commission. In their pathetic and disgraceful pursuit to appease the dictatorial regime, they will go to extraordinary lengths to distort facts.
Take Vijay Narayan & Rusiate Baleilevuka from Fijivillage News. As soon as Ro Teimumu Kepa delivered her leadership speech, Narayan slavishly ran to Education Minister Filipe Bole for a comment about religious education and Suva Grammar School (see story on the right page). He wrote: "Fijivillage has received confirmation that the Suva Grammar School management had only sent letters to the parents of all Grammar students asking if they want their children to allow or disallow them from attending prayers. The parents are given the option to choose this and the school management made it clear that no one will be forced to attend the prayers."
Fijileaks readers may recall that on 20 February 2014 it ran a brief story titled 'BIGOTRY! Government school heads warned not to conduct daily Christian morning prayers (religious decree breach) but Bainimarama and Khaiyum can pray with soldiers and Muslim brethren in unison'. Fijileaks story ran as follows:
According to the MoE these devotional prayers are in breach of Section 4(3) (b) & ( c ) of the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji 2013 foisted upon the pupils and parents of Fiji. Khaiyum's law states: religion and the state are separate, which means : (b)“The state and all person holding public office must not dictate any religious belief ", and ( c) “the state and all person holding public office must not prefer or advance , by any means any particular religion , religious denomination, religious belief or religious practice over others, or over any non-religious belief " The Ministry of Education also argues that employees of Government owned schools are officers of the State or public office holders. Public office holders must not advance by any means any particular religion over others, meaning that Government-owned schools can not promote or seen to be promoting, advocating, a particular religious denomination or belief. But it is perfectly legal for Bainimarama to be seen bowing his head in Christian prayers with the soldiers or Attorney-General Aiyaz Khaiyum to be praying with his Muslim brethren. WHY? For under their draconian decree they have exempted themselves as "public officers" in Fiji. BIGOTRY and double standard in play in post-coup Fiji. Oh, pity, ye our Christian children in Bainimarama-Khaiyum government owned schools. We say with Francis of Assisi to the Principals: "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
Fijileaks had withheld the original e-mail, for we knew that sooner or later the regime's Goebbels journalists will emerge to discredit those fighting to get rid of the dictatorship's lies and propaganda. We publish below the e-mail which formed Fijileaks original story, and now Ro Kepa's speech. To these Goebbelian journalists we say, HANG YOUR PENS IN SHAME. Our day will come, not for revenge but humiliation of the likes of you, beginning below with one of hundreds of documents we have in our possession. We will add all of you to our Hall of Shame - Journalists in the Service of Totalitarian Dictatorship in Fiji. And you know who you chaps are in Fiji!