10 January 2012

Greek orthodox high priest against Islam

This is funny. The high priest of the city of Pireaus, Greece, Mr C. Mentzelopoulos (a.k.a. Serafeim), likes to sue anyone who is against his religion. Recently, he sued the greek state because it intends to build a (the first) mosque in the city of Athens. He claims that this is against the constitution and that it will offend the morals of the people.
The establishment of a mosque in the center of Athens will not only affect public order and morality of Greek society but will also trigger a series of events which, with mathematical precision [sic],  will lead to degradation of the cohesion of the Greek Nation as Christian Orthodox People.
Some background: Greece is a theocratic state. A state where one religion is official and funded by the state: priests are civil servants, paid by tax money. Although, in theory, there is religious freedom, in practice, there is intolerance and any this is why there has never (in modern times, that is) been a mosque in Athens, a city which has a considerable number of muslims, many of them recent immigrants.

It goes without saying that the only rational behaviour of a modern democratic state is to abandon its support for any religion and let religious organizations seek support from their followers. Why should anyone be obliged, by law, to pay clerics' salaries? This is the case in Saudi Arabia. It is also the case in Greece.

Mr Mentzelopoulos fails to see that he acts exactly in the same manner that Saudis behave towards his religion. He is simply annoyed that some of the state money will go to another religion (for the first time). He wants everything for his own lot.

He is a disgusting individual, one who doesn't like anyone except those who agree with him. He is in agreement with Greek fascistoids. He doesn't like Jews either. His conspiracy theory is that Hitler was funded by Jews. 

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