Pastor Atu Vulaono was the cannon that backfired, revealing the Fiji regime at its tin-pot best. In a double-act with Esala Teleni, his brother-in-law and the Police Commissioner, the evangelist's ''Souls to Jesus'' crusade was given wings as a strategy to supplant the power of the Methodist Church - the denomination into which most indigenous Fijians are born.
Rolling his eyes to the heavens before fervent crowds at venues such as Suva's National Gymnasium, Vulaono might have been just any God-botherer. But funded by the Police Department and co-opted to spearhead a spiritual campaign against crime, the evangelist flew too close to the Fiji sun....
Now, that's interesting, Neil. by the way, this is really amusing! from the article, 'Catholic priest Father Kevin Barr dissects the traditional Methodist Church as a force of darkness that deserved the treatment dealt to it by the regime - "the message to its top people was that they should get lost".' But then Is A Catholic Christian An Oxymoron?
The Fuji dictatorship should be kicked out by the Australians and the New Zealanders. There should always be separation of Church and State, even if that Church isn't Papist. The Perils of Popery