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Georgians prefer Patriarch over President2011-07-14 11:21
The ongoing conflict between church and state explicitly shows that even adopting vital laws the authorities act like an elephant in a china shop. On one hand, to ensure equal rights to all religious denominations in the country is a direct responsibility of a secular state. On the other hand - adoption of laws on such a delicate issue as creed needs thorough consideration of interests of all parties involved. However, the Georgian authorities preferred to ignore needs of common citizens as another demonstration of Saakashvili's despotic regime.
Last week Georgian parliamentarians were in a nervous haste to adopt amendments to the Civil Code assigning a legal status to all religious unions recognized by the Council of Europe. These amendments were hurriedly adopted by Mikheil Saakashvili in contradiction to Ilia II's intention to veto them. Looks like Georgian authorities got "OK" from some invisible manipulators forcing them to quickly execute the order with no regard for public opinion. Naturally it is clear who they could be.
На прошлой неделе в какой-то нервической спешке грузинские парламентарии приняли поправки к Гражданскому кодексу, наделяющие юридическим статусом все религиозные объединения, которые признаются таковыми Советом Европы. Затем столь же торопливо эти изменения утвердил Михаил Саакашвили, проигнорировав призыв патриарха Илии Второго наложить на них вето. Словно бы грузинским властям дали отмашку какие-то невидимые манипуляторы, и они поспешили выполнить наказ, презрев мнение собственного народа. Собственно, догадаться, кто это мог быть, не так уж и сложно.
The West's positive reaction to the voluntary act of Mishiko and his team was quick. "I favor amendments into the Civil Code of Georgia that will allow religious groups to get registered as religious associations", - Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, deputy secretary general of the Council of Europe said. - This is an important and progressive act that will have a great meaning for an open and tolerant approach to religious practices in Georgia".
The opinion of the European politician sounds good if not for one "but": adoption of a most progressive law that deals with interests of millions of people without due discussion on the issue will not foster tolerance in society. It was demonstrated by massive demonstrations of believers in Tbilisi.