Moldova rally demands Orthodox religion back at schools

The Moldovan church has petitioned to include a class on the foundations of the Eastern Orthodox religion in the school's curriculum since the country gained independence in 1991.

Moldova rally demands Orthodox religion back at schools

About 15,000 people rallied in Moldova on Saturday demanding that schools add religion to the curriculum, in the biggest demonstration in the former Soviet republic since 2009.

As they marched through Moldova's capital Chisinau, many said religion remained a key part of the country's identity.

"We want to bring religion back to school after it was excluded by the totalitarian Soviet regime," Metropolitan Vladimir, head of the Moldovan Orthodox Church, told supporters.

The Moldovan church has petitioned to include a class on the foundations of the Eastern Orthodox religion in the school's curriculum since the country gained independence in 1991.

It was the largest demonstration since 2009 when protesters stormed parliament after the April 2009 victory of the governing Communist Party.

At the demonstration, participants and speakers thanked Valery Pasat, the country's defence minister in late 1990s, for his involvement.

An outspoken critic of the Communist Party, Pasat has initiated a movement to conduct a public referendum on teaching foundations of the Eastern Orthodoxy at schools.

In Moldova, more than 95 percent of believers are Eastern Orthodox. The Moldovan Orthodox Church, an autonomous church under the Church of Russia, is the country's main church with around 1,300 parishes.


Reuters

Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2010, 12:53
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