Oldest Orthodox church in Balkans defaced
Sandak: Oldest Orthodox church in Balkans defaced
7 April 2008 | 12:12 | Source: B92, Beta
NOVI PAZAR -- A 9th century Serb Orthodox Church
in Novi Pazar was last night sprayed with offensive graffiti.
The priests at the St. Peter church reported this
to the police and then informed the media. It is
unclear from Beta news agency's report if ethnic
or religious intolerance was behind the incident.
The church walls were sprayed with offensive and
vulgar messages, the priests said, and asked the
police to urgently apprehend the perpetrator or
perpetrators, which remain unknown.
Meantime the Riaset, the seat of the Islamic
Community of Serbia, led by Adem Zilkic',
condemned this incident in the strongest terms, it was reported.
The Riaset added that a desecration of any
religious structure "sows the seeds of unrest",
and that, "according to the Koran", it is "worse sin than murder".
The Riaset also stressed it has good relations
with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), and
condemned the incident that took place in the
multi-ethnic Sandak, saying that "those who did
it do not mean well to their people".
"Bosniaks and Serbs have for years shared this
common space by living in peace and tolerance,
successfully resisting all temptations so far," the Islamic organization said.
The St. Peter (Svetog Petra) church in Novi Pazar
was built in the 9th century, and is the oldest Orthodox church in the Balkans.