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Mishiko to pass test by faith

2011-09-13 21:33

Mishiko to pass test by faith. 21939.jpegGeorgia's Orthodox Christians continue to prove (in deeds, not in words) their ability to be consistent and tough holding their ground that the authorities will have to reckon with. The Orthodox Council of Sakartvelo has submitted an address to the government enumerating demands and granting one week to meet them. Otherwise the Council will accuse Saakashvili's regime of discriminating Orthodoxy in Georgia.


Confrontation between authorities and the church is gathering pace in Georgia. The people's serious attitude to faith was evident this summer upon hurried adoption of a law on the status of religious organizations in Sakartvelo. The new law that evens up the Georgian Orthodox Church with other religious associations was not accepted by the congregation forced to launch multi-thousand protest rallies.

It seems people have finally realized what is a real force that the government must reckon with. Georgia's Orthodox Christians now understand that they can deal with the authorities by setting terms - not begging. The Orthodox Council, a public organization, submitted a statement endorsed by 30 thousand persons to the president and parliament presenting their demands.

So what are these demands? Firstly, they call for total abolishment of electronic IDs or the right of choice what documents to use. With or without a chip, biometrical or ordinary ones. Distribution of new documents began in Tbilisi and Batumi on August 1 and has been continued throughout the country since September 1.

A negative attitude to "chipped" documents that Orthodox Christians of Georgia have is well known. Usage of digital IDs is considered suspicious for a number of reasons. Some believe that introduction of such passports is a step forward in the direction predicted in St John the Evangelist's Apocalypse. Others think on a larger scale fearing that digital documents will have more information that it is declared. Thus a person is totally dependent on a passport the loss of which means impossibility to pursue a normal life in society.

The second and a rather predictable demand is to have the status and privileges of the Georgian Orthodox Church recognized abroad, and get properties historically belonging to the Church back. Otherwise, the statement goes, Georgia will have to renounce the law granting the status of a legal body of public law to religious associations.

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