Eter­nal rest

Rev­erend Dr Cliff Bird, Suva

Fiji Sun - - Comments - Note: Rev­erend Dr Cliff Bird will be re­ceiv­ing a Pen from Fiji Sun this week.

“Eter­nal Rest?” The words at­trib­uted by the other media (Sun­day, March 20) to the pas­tor who con­ducted the burial of the young girl who was bru­tally and in­hu­manly raped and mur­dered need some se­ri­ous un­pack­ing. The words were/are “death was an in­te­gral part of life as every­one would even­tu­ally die.” That death was/is an in­te­gral part of life, is not the is­sue, and that, every­one would even­tu­ally die is also not the is­sue.

There is no de­bate about these facts of life. The is­sue is the cause and man­ner of death of the young girl - that she was caused to die pre­ma­turely through rape and as­sault.

This IS the is­sue! Ev­ery church in Fiji and ev­ery right-think­ing per­son of what­ever creed should join in a com­bined voice to pub­licly de­nounce, and to proac­tively and ac­tively work to erad­i­cate, such evil be­hav­iour and acts.

The state­ment at­trib­uted to the presider at the fu­neral lends a clear lack of se­ri­ous­ness to­ward mag­ni­tude and evil of the crime com­mit­ted, and this is in­deed very sad!

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