FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKAN AFFAIRS
Kosovo 1. KFOR Bans Serb Church Bells
Some TiM Reader Reactions…
An Open Letter to President Kostunica from a
Belgrade University ProfessorJune
KFOR Bans Serb Church Bells
May 28 -
you may be interested in the enclosed correspondence with a TiM reader
Happy Memorial Day to all American TiM readers!
Subject: Re: FW: [ortho-phoenix] Kosovo - CHURCH BELLS
BANNED - Memorial Day
Thanks, Irene. And
the (Orthodox) Greeks, of all people, to impose such a ban!
Sun, 27 May 2001 21:01:02 -0400
Glas (BG) CHURCH BELLS BANNED BY KFOR
Javnosti, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
May 27, 2001
KFOR doesn't want to irritate the Albanians
Church bells banned
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA (Tanjug) - Priest Velimir Stojanovic, who lives
with his Family in the churchyard of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St.
Sava in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, told Tanjug that the
Greek soldiers protecting this shrine have forbidden the use of the church
"Representatives of KFOR introduced this ban with the
explanation that Orthodox church bells irritate the Albanians," says
Father Velimir. "The last time the bells were heard was on Easter
Sunday, April 15 of this year," he explained, adding that so far he
has not publicized this ban because he thought it was temporary.
"The church bells did not ring on Ascension Day /Spasovdan, May
25/ and I think that this is not good for either the church or the
people," said Father Velimir.
Every day, five times a day, the song of the muezzins from the
minarets of three mosques in the southern, Albanian part of the town can
be heard. A fourth mosque is open and undisturbed in the village of Zabari,
near Kosovska Mitrovica.”
Translated by S. Lazovic (May 27, 2001)
Some TiM Reader Reactions…
May 30 -
are some TiM reader reactions to the above story:
Greek-American: “I Am Outraged!”
a Greek Orthodox American, I am appalled that any Greek would go along
with preventing the bells from ringing in any Orthodox Church. I am
NEW YORK - “This Matter Is Scandalous!”
TIM, this matter is scandalous. It should be publicized worldwide. It
should be taken to the attention of the US Congress and the US State
ILLINOIS - “Bells Are Anathema in
Bob, some locio regarding bells
1992 Bosnia’s Islamists were hankering for privileged status [cf. the
Orangemen of Ireland] that Austria had conferred on the non-Christians of
Bosnia, whereas at the time of the Occupation, which was sanctioned in
1878 at the Congress of Berlin, Muslims fought like tigers against the
infidel Austrian Christians. Women
of Muslim Bosnian towns protested the ringing of church bells, Christian,
of course, as bells are anathema in Islamic-run societies, creating a din
by beating on their pots and pans. -- jpm
Peter Maher, Professor Emeritus, Chicago, IL
June 2 -
is an additional reader reaction to the TiM story about the Serb church
bells being banned in Kosovo:
NEW YORK -
“Communislam” - An Unholy Alliance
good to hear from you again. It's
been a long time… People still have not awakened to the fact that Red
China has enlisted Islam as a surrogate and ally in its upcoming world
power play and that the upcoming conflict will be fought along religious
lines of demarcation. It is important to understand this new development
and a new vocabulary will be necessary.
That is why I have coined the term "Communislam" to
describe this unholy alliance.
3. An Open Letter to President Kostunica from a Belgrade University ProfessorJune 2, 2001
For whom are you really acting?
BELGRADE, June 1 - We received the following open letter to the Yugoslav president Vojislav Kostunica from Dr. Djordje Blagojevic, professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University in Belgrade.
Honorable Mr. President,
in mind all what happen during last few months, and Your reactions to
these events, I do not expect any reaction to momentary situation at the
Serbian Parliament and to my letter. Nevertheless, I am writing to pacify
my scruples, and to ensure that my children and one day my grandchildren,
do not to criticize me for having done nothing.
moment, decisions are being made, not only regarding the destiny of Kosovo
and Metohija, but concerning the whole of Serbia and Yugoslavia. I do not
want to comment about a tepid “resolution” which was practically gives
up the sovereignty of Serbia and Yugoslavia over Kosovo and Metohija
(Metohija was not even mentioned!). I only want to draw your attention to
the mdemeanor of Your President of the Parliament which is not only
non-democratic, but also absolutistic and magisterial. It seems as if he
is afraid of every different opinion.
He is forbidding deputies to speak, switching off microphone, while
government-controlled TV network direct telecast fills in the blanks with
those (sitting in the Parliament) are our deputies, for whom we voted at
the last elections. They
are the people who think and want only the good for this country.
So nobody has the right to interrupt them, with an explanation that
they talking about the "wrong topics" (in the opinion of the
the democracy you promised us before elections?
Is that the free media you talked about? Or did you get your
education from Hitler and Goebels? Even
if it is (coming to us) from DOS - it is still too much!
are you really acting?
Dr. Djordje Blagojevic, Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University in Belgrade
TiM Ed.: Since this is Prof. Blagojevic’s first contribution to TiM, here’s his short bio… He was born in Belgrade in 1950. Prof. Blagojevic obtained his undergraduate from the Mechanical Engineering faculty of the University of Belgrade, and earned his PhD at the Military-Techical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. He is currently an active professor at the University of Belgrade.
Also, check out... Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Christianity Under Siege," "Silence Over Persecuted Christians", "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"