Not the Chaplain of Ethnic Cleansing
The Orthodox Church in Serbia
by Jim Forest
Since NATO missiles and bombs began raining down on what’s left of Yugoslavia the night of March 25, every newspaper has published sidebar background summaries about the region and its ethnographic makeup in which the reader is informed that the Serbs are Orthodox Christians while the ethnic Albanians of the province of Kosovo are Muslim. In the main news columns and via editorial cartoons, we are reminded day after day that Serbs are a people innately devoted to ethnic cleansing, an activity for which they are assured of heaven’s blessing by their Church.
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