09 July 2010, 10:02
Banned Art exhibition organizers must be condemned, remain free - Church
Moscow, July 9, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has accused the organizers of the Banned Art 2006 exhibition of intolerance and deliberate provocation. The Church, however, does not insist on their imprisonment.
"There can be no condescension towards their action. I simply feel sorry for these people. I do not think they should be imprisoned, but what they have done should be given an unequivocal legal assessment," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told Interfax-Religion.
"These gentlemen are trying to insist upon establishing a worldview, whereby a human being is the only value, as a compulsory public system of values and ideas that has no alternative," he said.
"[They] have always been avoiding any mockery of repressions' victims, certain personalities or memory for the dead," he said. "They seem to agree that these values cannot be degraded," Father Vsevolod said.
They were told by believers many times since the Beware: Religion! exhibition "of the unacceptability of desecrating symbols that for believers are the dearest of all, dearer that life itself," he said. "So the organizers of Banned Art knew what they were doing," he said.
The exhibition organizers are still refusing to acknowledge their actions as "wrong and unacceptable in the future," he said.
"In reality, they are trying to establish their worldview - one of the many existing in the world - as the only and compulsory for all. This is why it is them who serve as an illustrative example of totalitarianism and intolerance," the priest said.