Archbishop Chong – Challenge the Constitution

The Archbishop of Suva, Fiji, Peter Loy Chong says that Christians and non-Christians should challenge the Constitution because faith is not supposed to be private.

The Constitution protects the right of every person either individually or in community with others, in private or in public, to manifest and practise their religion or belief in worship, observance, practise or teaching.( #22)

The Constitution also states that religious belief is personal and that religion and the state are separate. (#4)

However, Chong says Faith is not a private matter. “Faith is for Christians, non-Christians, even atheists — we all experience something,” Chong said. “That is why faith is something that is public and that’s why we need to challenge our Constitution that says faith is private — which is not true. The need for faith, the need for God is something that belongs to our humanity.”


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