The following is a statement about a speech by Sonja Biserko, the chairman of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. This issue sums what this organization and what I believe Europe in general wants for Serbia.
Biserko also criticised the role of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the society, describing it as a retrograde and nationalist institution with political ambitions.
You don’t have to take b-92’s reporters word for it.
Take the following article pulled from the HCHRS website.
A special problem in that relation is the fact that the wars and the devastation they created are to a large degree attributable to the Church itself. But, the church has failed to face this responsibility and shows no signs of readiness to engage in self-examination or look into its own doings.http://www.helsinki.org.yu/search_text.php?lang=en&idteksta=1310
I encourage everyone to read the entire article, no, the entire website of this organization to find evidence of their accusations. You’ll end in a magic circle of argument without evidence. Each allegation uses a previous allegation as proof until you finally arrive at the first allegation you were attempting to investigate.
In 2000, Ms. Biserko said, “Attitudes have changed in Montenegro in the last ten years and it is unlikely that the Serbian opposition can alter this reality by its 'democratic' promises. The authentic Montenegrin institutions which have meanwhile been established -- the Academy, the Church and the Writers' Association -- all play a very important part in shaping this new consciousness.” She supports more dissection of Yugoslavia and “recognizes” the Macedonian Orthodox Church, as if she has the authority to do so.
From the recent rhetoric of this influential organization, I think you will soon find that the accused culprit of the wars in Yugoslavia was not nationalism, but the Serbian Orthodox Church, and even the Orthodox faith in general.
I can’t emphasize enough how much influence these groups have on our ability to legally practice Orthodoxy throughout the world. Recently the HCHRS has opposed changes to Serbian law that protect priests from being persecuted on the basis of their homilies. Another writer for this organization, Bojana Oprijan Ili-ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â§, writes, “However, he failed to explain what happens if a “most reverend” mounts a pulpit to preach or incite intolerance and ethnic hatred, or to comment political moves made by state authorities. We’ve witnessed scores of such cases over the past decade.” (http://www.helsinki.org.yu/search_text.php?lang=en&idteksta=1325
) Apparently the author is not accustomed to American-style freedom of speech. Most European countries do not allow all forms of speech, but regulate it. Apparently Bojana Ilic wishes to have the state regulate what the Church can say. Sound familiar?
I hope that everyone who reads this message will go to the Helsinki.org website and see what they say about Russian Orthodoxy, Greek Orthodoxy, etc. “It bears stressing that the Greek state is perceived as "an ideal state," notably in the context of place and position of the Orthodox Church in that country.” This is in the context of saying what is wrong with Serbia.