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Saakashvili is not afraid of God2011-07-25 20:41
A conflict between the Georgian authorities and the Church that has sprung from the law on the status of religious organizations in Sakartvelo is close to its peak. The Labourites assert that, according to their information, Saakashvili is preparing openly anti-Orthodox actions, while priests and their parish will be arrested. Has the president who is calling himself St. David the Builder's successor has ganged up against the sacred and is he going to take up the path of notorious theomachists?
The tension between the Church and the state, which started at the beginning of June when the president and parliament of Sakartvelo adopted a law about the status of religious organizations in Georgia out of the blue, is likely to enter a qualitatively different stage. In all appearances, the country's authorities did not expect such a large-scale protest action from the religious. After a feast service on Sunday, ten thousand Orthodox Georgians held a meeting in support of the Church. Patriarch Iliya II had warned beforehand about the turn the events would take - it was when the president's signature was not even dry yet on the crude document.
"In the nearest time, this decision will entail negative consequences, for which the government will be responsible", - the patriarch said then and so it happened. The only point is that the government does not want to assume any responsibility and it appears that it is going to use its favourite method of quashing the protesters. And it won't be in the least embarrassed that this time, special forces will have to deal not with the rebellious oppositionists but with priests and the parish.
So many times Saakashvili has made an avowal of his love for the Church, calling himself a successor of St. David the Builder! What beautiful words he said about respect for religion! But now that the interests of the government and the Georgian Orthodoxy have crossed, it became clear that Mishiko least of all cares for spiritual aspects. Any minute he is ready to cast the mask of a harmless overage hamster and show his teeth to the Church.
Political Secretary of the Labourites Georgy Gugava confessed that a real anti-Church plot is prepared behind the governmental scenes. "Saakashvili's anti-Orthodox officers are going to rush into churches and hold crackdowns. It is planned to arrest and discredit the priests, which will definitely cause disturbances and large-scale actions among the parish", - Gugava reported, referring to his source in the Georgian security agencies.