Statement: Anti-discrimination on the basis of some personal inclination is not the same as freedom of expression of that person17. March 2009 - 14:02
Because of the different, and frequently one-sided or wrong interpretations of problems regarding the anti-discrimination Bill in some media, I am giving, in order to explain and inform impartially , following personal statement , which represents also the position of the Holy Synod of my Church and the positions of all the traditional Churches and religious communities.
Basic rights and freedom are also basic values of the legal order and society in whole. There belongs also anti-discrimination, that is a principle of equal protection of rights and freedoms. However, possible sources of discrimination are something totally different.
Communique regarding the pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija on March 17, 2004 and 10-years of the NATO bombing16. March 2009 - 16:25
This March 17 is five years since the pogrom committed upon the Serbian orthodox people and the orthodox sanctuaries in Kosovo and Metohija. This pogrom of the Albanian terrorists drove out new more than four thousand Serbs from their ages-long hearts, destroyed hundreds of homes, demolished new over thirty churches, and because of it also new innocent victims were fallen. All this happened in thepresence of international civilian and military forces, the UNMIK and the KFOR. Until today no one has been accused for this violence and public crime. And all that is just a continuation of the NATO bombing and the unequalled pogrom, violence, murders and destruction of hundreds of sanctuaries in 1999 in Kosovo and Metohija.
Welcoming showed partly understanding of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for a necessary perfection of the anti-discrimination Bill and having the understanding for political and constitutional aspects of a legislative procedure, the traditional Churches and religious communities focus their proposals on the major, and still present, defects of the new anti-discrimination Bill.
The traditional Churches and religious communities, though, believe that the Government was misled by the authors of the present Bill and some media regarding validity of the present Bill and also the intention and the content of the proposal of the traditional Churches and religious communities.
Explanation of basic positions of traditional Churches and religious communities on anti-discrimination Bill11. March 2009 - 22:38
An essence of an initiative of the traditional Churches and religious communities is that the anti-discrimination Bill adjusts to the standards of the acts of the Council of Europe, the European Union and developed democracies.
Traditional Churches and religious communities again, welcome the willingness of the Government to perfect the anti-discrimination Bill , which is not simple under the pressure of libels and disinformation about the essence of the problem.
We support every effort to restrain discrimination, so we support and help bringing the proper act as soon as possible.
Minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Serbia Vuk Jeremic met today with the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church before meetings which he is going to have at the headquarters of the UNESCO, as well as at other international forums, and which have as agoal to remind of five years of the March pogrom in Kosovo and Metohia (March 17, 2004) during which was destroyed 35 churches and monasteries.
The Synodikon of Orthodoxy
March 8, 2009
The Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference
of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
To all the Clergy and the Laity of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the Americas
We, the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, greet you with love and blessings on the Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Holy and Great Lent. This year, amidst the tumult and the insecurity that seem to pervade the globe, we exhort all of you to stand firm in your Orthodox Faith in God, the Faith that has established the world, the Faith that is the bedrock of our Holy Church, the pillar and ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15).