On Tuesday, the Serbian Orthodox (SPC) Diocese of Raška-Prizren opposed the removal of an unfinished church in Priština. The diocese also opposed its turning into a memorial museum of Kosovo Albanians, underlining that this constituted an open call for discrimination and continued destruction of Serb heritage in Kosovo. The diocese voiced concern over “the relentless campaign by Kosovo hard-line media aimed at turning the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour into a memorial museum of Kosovo Albanians or removing it completely”. The diocese strongly condemned the ideas that one could hear at a recent meeting of the Senate of the Kosovo University in Priština, as an attempt to infringe not only on the property rights of the SPC, which in the early 1990s obtained a building permit for this church in centre of Priština in keeping with the law, but most importantly on religious rights and freedoms of the Serb Orthodox population in Kosovo.
It said in a statement, “At a time, when in the centre of Priština, in the vicinity of the Church, a huge Roman Catholic Cathedral was built, and work on one of the largest mosque in the Balkans are being planned, the intention to destroy or desecrate the unfinished Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in the vicinity of the University building constitutes an open call for discrimination, and continuation of the process of destruction of the Serb spiritual heritage in Kosovo and Metohija. The idea that the church should be turned into a memorial museum of Kosovo Albanians is particularly cynical and immoral, taking into account that almost the entire Serb population was forced to leave Priština, so, now, only around 50 elderly people remain out of 40,000 Serbs. The calls coming from the circles of the University of Priština for the destruction of a Christian church in the centre, which for years now was used as a landfill and public toilet, send a message to the world about open intolerance and religious hatred which after the armed conflict in Kosovo and Metohija led to systematic destruction of 150 Serb Orthodox churches and sacrilege of hundreds of Christian graveyards”.
3 October 2012
Simply observe this… as much as the Democrats support Kosovo, the neocon Republicans are twice as rabid. That is, if you vote for Willard Romney, you spit on the courageous stand of Christian Serbia. There are no two ways about it.