There were reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. As defined by local authorities, there was one sacrilege case reported and investigated this year. Thieves vandalized a Hindu temple on November 17 and desecrated the prayer hall and worship ornaments.
There were isolated problems for religious groups viewed as outside the mainstream that sought to establish congregations in villages and on outer islands. Most indigenous Fijians are Methodists or members of the Assemblies of God denomination. New Pentecostal denominations sometimes faced difficulties in proselytizing and establishing congregations in villages and on outer islands.
During the constitutional reform process this year, some political organizations and individuals called for Fiji to declare Christianity the state religion. Several other groups opposed this idea and promoted a secular state in which religion and government were kept distinct. The draft constitution the Constitution Commission released in December--and which may still be amended--provided for freedom of religion and separation of church and state. The government promoted religious freedom as a non-negotiable principle.
Numerous Christian missionary organizations were nationally and regionally active in social welfare, health, and education. Many major Christian denominations had missionaries in the country. The Adventist, Anglican, Catholic, Hindu, Methodist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), Muslim, and other communities operated numerous schools, including colleges, which the government did not subsidize. Hindu and Muslim communities maintained a number of active religious and cultural organizations