Bulgarian PM: Religious Classes Should Be Compulsory
Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, declared Saturday he supports making religious education in schools mandatory.
Borisov spoke in the Black Sea capital Varna, during a mass at the newly built St. Prokopiy Varnenski temple, saying the process of aligning religious curriculum and preparing teachers would be long and complex.
The mass was served by the Varna Bishop Kiril in the presence of guests from the Romanian and US Orthodox churches. He said the biggest threat for Bulgaria was atheism and only faith can rescue Bulgarian people.
The cabinet of the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party made a donation of BGN 15 000 for the temple. Kiril gave Borisov an icon and an honorary certificate.
A Ukrainian family donated a gold plated cross.
Borisov promised that the temple's crypt will be finished by June next year and that BGN 150 000 for it will be slated in the 2012 State budget.
"I believe that our tactics of not counting mosques, but how many new churches we have built is the only right one," the PM said.
He further commented for the media that it was very important for mayors of the country's largest cities to have good connections with the cabinet in order to benefit the local municipalities and announced that EUR 35 M have been secured from the World Bank to be invested in Varna and the Varna Region.
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Was that another EU directive?
Religion is going to save us!?
It was religion which condemned us to 500 years under Turkish rule. The 4th crusade!!!
Are they going to tech children that in Bible class too???
Are they going to teach children who really wrote the Bibles (all of them) and how they came to be in their current form???
Building churches is easy. When the time comes to repair and maintain them, were is the money for that going to come from???
In Western Europe the states have no more money for the Church and the churches. They are all being decommissioned because people don't go to church any longer.
A society not in need of a Divine Intervention to operate, is a mature society.
We are going back to the Middle Ages.
Where I’m a citizen of is none of your concern."
Snipping from the shadows. How honorable...
I don’t understand what you are trying to apply?
Because I don’t what to disclose where I come from is surely my prerogative and has now bearing on what I have to say on this forum.
I believe that I’m well qualified to have an opinion on what goes on in Bulgaria and you will see from my previous posts that I fully support the people there.
I believe that our tactics of not counting mosques, but how many new churches we have built is the only right one, the PM said.
Thank goodness Borisov is not racist and embraces all religions into Bulgarian society and does not favour any
What comes out of this man’s mouth is beyond belief and still nobody complains!!
I see a bit of a stomach in the picture for Boyko. Is he in top shape? because I was thinking of challenging him into a football match - mano a mano.
And not to discourage him but here is me with the ball: