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Bulgaria: Orthodox Church Says ‘Don’t Let Muslims In’

Patriarch Maxim of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church participates in an Orthodox Easter service in the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia on April 15, 2012.  The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrated Easter, according to the Julian calendar.   AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Patriarch Maxim of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church participates in an Orthodox Easter service in the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia on April 15, 2012. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrated Easter, according to the Julian calendar. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV (Photo credit should read NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

This exemplifies the issue with leaders in an institutionalized religion that is wedded to a certain narrative of xenophobic nationalism. It is not limited to the Orthodox Church but can be seen coming from the voices of far too many religio-political figures. Clearly, these people are out of touch with the original and deep teachings of their faiths.


Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an “invasion”.

The Balkan EU member has largely been bypassed by the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and poverty, many of whom set off from Greece through neighbouring Macedonia and Serbia towards northern Europe.

But Bulgaria has still seen Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis cross its southeastern border from Turkey.

“We help refugees who have already arrived in our motherland, but the government must absolutely not let more refugees in,” the church, which claims 80 percent of the population as its followers, said late Friday on its website.

“This is a wave that looks like an invasion.”

It added that the problems in the refugees’ countries of origin “must be resolved by those who created them and the Bulgarian people must not pay the price by disappearing”.

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  • Reynardine

    I suspect it has more to do with the feeling that 1875 never went away.

    As a twenty-four-year-old, I was walking down one of the thoroughfares of Yambol with my aunt and great-aunt when I was approached by a personable young man, who began to speak to me in English. I had no sooner started to reply when my kinswomen came up, grabbed me each by an elbow, and frogmarched me away. “He’s a Trrrk! He’ll carry you off!” they explained. Never mind that it was mid-Twentieth Century, midsummer, and midday, that the city was quite firmly in the grip of the Bulgarian authorities, or that my passport was issued by a formidable sovereign to whom Turkey itself looked for protection. He was a Trrrk, and that’s what all Trrrrks did to all girls, always, everywhere.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    I do hope you realise my comment was in jest.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    A person does not choose to be transgender, Homedawg, they are born it. Derp.

  • Jekyll

    No coherence is a part of cis pride!

  • HSkol


  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Please try to be coherent.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Didn’t want to go to your bar mitzvah anyway.

  • Jekyll

    Are you really dumb? Why don’t you go there and find out?

  • Jekyll

    Ok son you ain’t going to my bar mitzvah

  • Ilisha

    No, they aren’t “migrants.” That is a misleading term meant to diminish sympathy. They are refugees fleeing a war zone, more women than men overall:

    Among the 4.05 million Syrians who have fled their country and then registered with UNHCR (the United Nation’s refugee agency), there are actually slightly more women than men. Again, these are the people driven out of their homes in Syria who entered a second country or the border region near one.

    Anyway, you aren’t welcome here and you know that. I don’t know what’s at the heart of you obsession, but it really seems unhealthy. Why don’t you go out and enjoy the sunshine or something?

    If you post comments here, I plan to delete them. All of them, without bothering to read them.

    Take care.

  • Ilisha

    America should have STAYED OUT to begin with.

  • Ilisha

    What would they be besides refugees? Men can be refugees too.

  • Ilisha

    I’ll “blame” whoever is accountable, and American most definitely shares some responsibility for this mess–obviously.

  • Ilisha

    I agree everyone group has some. Lately I’ve seen an upsurge in comments regarding Muslims thinking they’re better than everyone else. Of course as you said, there are always some individuals.

    But I’d like to highlight that in Islam, a person is ultimately ‘better’ than another only through doing good deeds.

    From the Quran:

    “….Unto every one of you have We appointed a [different] law and way of life. And if God had so willed, He could surely have made you all one single community: but [He willed it otherwise] in order to test you by means of what He has vouchsafed unto, you.Vie, then, with one another in doing good works! Unto God you all must return; and then He will make you truly understand all that on which you were wont to differ. Qur’an 5:48

    From the hadith:

    “All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent.”

    So if you do good deeds, you are among the best, and if you make mistakes but repent, you are among the best. It doesn’t say MUSLIMS who do good deeds or repent. All of us. :)

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Shut up, Homedawg.

  • Ilisha

    There is no easy way to explain it. Read your initial comment then my reply.

    Either you get it or you don’t.

  • Ilisha

    Okay. Agree to disagree. Turkey is to some degree part of the same club anyway.

  • George Carty

    I disagree – if there was no Western invasion of Iraq but the Southeastern Anatolia Project had still gone ahead, then Syria would have still collapsed into civil war. There would have been no border-spanning IS entity, but Saddam Hussein (or his successor) may well have perpetrated genocide against the Kurds and/or Shias to free up land for Sunni Arabs displaced by the drought.

    This would probably have triggered a military response by the West, the Iranians or even both together (as no early-2000s invasion of Iraq implies no neocon dominance of the US, which means US/Iranian relations would have been a lot better).

  • HSkol

    [2.21] Mike, leave HSkol alone in these regards.

    It’s now on the internet so it must be true!

  • Jekyll

    that your little atheist sermon was bollocks.

  • Jekyll

    Perhaps, but I dare say he is a reprobate even when he is sober.

  • Jekyll

    Brother is a social construct, I could just be your Psyche.

  • Just Saying

    [2.1] Alif Lam Mim.
    [2.2] This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil).
    [2.3] Those who believe in the unseen and keep up prayer and spend out of what We have given them.
    [2.4] And who believe in that which has been revealed to you and that which was revealed before you and they are sure of the hereafter.
    [2.5] These are on a right course from their Lord and these it is that shall be successful.
    [2.6] Surely those who disbelieve, it being alike to them whether you warn them, or do not warn them, will not believe.
    [2.7] Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them.
    [2.8] And there are some people who say: We believe in Allah and the last day; and they are not at all believers.
    [2.9] They desire to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive.
    [2.10] There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied.
    [2.11] And when it is said to them, Do not make mischief in the land, they say: We are but peace-makers.
    [2.12] Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive.
    [2.13] And when it is said to them: Believe as the people believe they say: Shall we believe as the fools believe? Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.
    [2.14] And when they meet those who believe, they say: We believe; and when they are alone with their Shaitans, they say: Surely we are with you, we were only mocking.
    [2.15] Allah shall pay them back their mockery, and He leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.
    [2.16] These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction.
    [2.17] Their parable is like the parable of one who kindled a fire but when it had illumined all around him, Allah took away their light, and left them in utter darkness– they do not see.
    [2.18] Deaf, dumb (and) blind, so they will not turn back.
    [2.19] Or like abundant rain from the cloud in which is utter darkness and thunder and lightning; they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder peal, for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers.
    [2.20] The lightning almost takes away their sight; whenever it shines on them they walk in it, and when it becomes dark to them they stand still; and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have taken away their hearing and their sight; surely Allah has power over all things.

  • HSkol

    In part, I think arrogance resides within certain individuals within any world-view, within all world-views. Really, to put it softly, none of us are all that special, not special enough that any group arrogance be justified over another’s group arrogance – for none of us can adequately provide Truth to others that might just not see the world as we do. We are all, however, interrelated via our human structure; and, this is precisely the beauty and ugliness of the human structure. The human mind is vast and wonderful in that it is imaginative, good, evil, neutral, kind and caring, self-absorbed, holier than thou, right and wrong – yet, hopefully (here especially) capable of understanding of others.

  • HSkol

    Thank you my brother. You are always certain to warm my heart.

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