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LizaSymonenko:

Greek Church acts on crucifix ban
By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, Athens

The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled last week that the presence of crucifixes violated a child's right to freedom of religion.

Greece's Orthodox Church fears the Italian case will set a precedent.

It has called an emergency Holy Synod meeting for next week to devise an action plan.

Complete story at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8358027.stm


Alveus Lacuna:

--- Quote ---A human rights group called Helsinki Monitor is seeking to use the Italian case as a precedent.

It has demanded that Greek courts remove icons of Jesus Christ from above the judge's bench and that the gospel no longer be used for swearing oaths in the witness box.
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This is what happens when you join the EU.  You lose autonomy and pave the way to secularism.  I fear that Greece is going to lose its Orthodox identity before this century is over.

Ortho_cat:

--- Quote from: LizaSymonenko on November 13, 2009, 01:48:15 PM ---
Greek Church acts on crucifix ban
By Malcolm Brabant
BBC News, Athens

The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled last week that the presence of crucifixes violated a child's right to freedom of religion.

Greece's Orthodox Church fears the Italian case will set a precedent.

It has called an emergency Holy Synod meeting for next week to devise an action plan.

Complete story at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8358027.stm




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This is the type of reaction that we need to see more of from the Church! <thumbs_up>

Super Apostolic Bros.:

--- Quote ---The socialist government here is also considering imposing new taxes on the Church's vast fortune, but at the same time is urging it to do more to help immigrants and poor Greeks.
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Silly, the Greek Church would never let an outside force swing its weight around in terms of its policy in the name of some other good oh wait...

Somehow, I can see some Greeks prefer Turkocratia over Eurocratia, but I say this out of ignorance.

GammaRay:

--- Quote from: Super Apostolic Bros. on November 13, 2009, 04:28:52 PM ---Somehow, I can see some Greeks prefer Turkocratia over Eurocratia, but I say this out of ignorance.
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You're a clever psychologist, aren't you? The truth is that all Greek traditions (which includes Christian Orthodoxy) are slowly fading into the background, as a part of Europe's wall of history. There's no zeal to keep up with the "old, conservative puritans". Boiled frogs...


--- Quote from: Alveus Lacuna on November 13, 2009, 02:34:13 PM ---
--- Quote ---[...]the gospel no longer be used for swearing oaths in the witness box.
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This is what happens when you join the EU.  You lose autonomy and pave the way to secularism.
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I loved the oath part. Looks like the state's Church couldn't do anything about this heresy, but we had to wait for secularists to point out that taking oaths is a sin...

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