Ultranationalist to Head Bulgarian Delegation to Intl Orthodox Assembly
Volen Siderov, the controversial leader of Bulgaria’s ultranationalist Ataka party, has been elected to lead the Bulgarian Parliament’s delegation to the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy.
Siderov, who received a degree in theology in 2009, also headed the delegation of the previous Bulgarian Parliament (2009-2013).
Lawmakers Plamen Slavov (Bulgarian Socialist Party), Irena Uzunova and Vladimir Toshev (GERB) and Yordan Tsonev (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) have been elected as members of the delegation.
The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) is an interparliamentary body, set up upon the initiative of the Hellenic Parliament. Its mission is “the need for the presence of Orthodoxy, as a common cultural expression of a large number of European citizens, in the shaping of contemporary Europe.”
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Strange! Siderov acts against the statute of I.A.O. (Article 3):
-- "The highlighting of the role of Orthodoxy within the framework of the European Union as a political, cultural, and spiritual expression, important and necessary for the shaping of the reality of the new Europe." But he is anti-EU.
-- "Collaboration with international organizations in promoting respect for the cultural and religious map of Europe and protection from prosyletisation of any kind, and the discouragement of phenomena of confessional or religious intolerance and national and racial fanaticism in Europe." -- everyday we listen his speech of hate against ethnic and religious minorities...
And this guy is the chairman of the group on mass media...