17417Kazakh Orthodox blasts Jesus cartoon in Internet publication
- Jan 23, 2013http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10233
23 January 2013, 17:19
Kazakh Orthodox blasts Jesus cartoon in Internet publication
Alma-Ata, January 23, Interfax - Bishop Gennady, manager of the Russian
Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan, believes the Jesus cartoon published in
the Internet newspaper Megapolis is unacceptable because it is aimed
against religious peace and accord.
"This article and this cartoon drew a colossal response in the Orthodox
public. […] Of course, our position is that such articles and cartoons
are unacceptable in respected publications," the bishop told a press
conference at the Interfax on Wednesday.
The article, which dealt with the Christmas celebrations at Holy
Assumption Cathedral in Astana, was published on the Megapolis website
on January 14. According to the material, officials from the local
administration came to the church to congratulate believers on Christmas.
"The officials were two women who walked by the people who were in the
church and stood on the ambo, where priests normally conduct their
services," the article, which was illustrated by the cartoon, says.
"This article and this cartoon are especially aimed against religious
peace and accord, and they destroy these values […] The cartoon is
totally unacceptable, this cartoon cannot be justified with any liberal
values," Bishop Gennady said.
Bishop Gennady said Astana Deputy Mayor Aida Balayeva, who came to the
church that day, did not stand on the ambo.
"There were absolutely no violations of the church's rules," the bishop
said, adding that he believes the authors of the article "have little
knowledge of the church's rules."
Bishop Gennady also said the Russian Orthodox Church has no intention of
filing any lawsuits against the paper, adding that he hopes the
materials in question will be removed from the Megapolis website.