There are two subjects that seem to dominate the Romanian public sphere (I would say blogo.ro-oaie, but that's defunct): the religion choice in schools and the New York Times Op-Ed on corruption in Romania. I’m very tempted to make a nice hot stew out of both, but I’ll try to keep each to its own article.
Let me start with religion and see if I manage to stick to this subject until done with it (“fac rahatul praf”).
I started looking into this when I noticed that my article on St Ioan Pop the Rapist was now the most accessed article of the past 7 days. Whenever my article on 1974 gets dethroned, something important happened, and looking at events, it became obvious that “religion choice” in schools is the main culprit.
So what has happened? It turns out that back in November 2014, Romania’s Constipational Court had found that an article of education law that stipulated that kids or their parents not wishing for the kids to attend religion classes must make a written request is unconstitutional, as the default should be no religion. (hn-neconstit, ET).
BOR achieved a massive victory after a well-played marketing campaign involving all kinds of starving media personalities, despite Banciu.
- Dorel Visan – The child is like a tree. He is well-known actor who oscillates between “salt of the earth” authentic peasant and smiling asshole roles. See him in Iacob (1988), The most beloved among earthlings (1993), Banciu, Senatorul Melcilor.
- Dan Berindei – oradeghedibgdgkdkfsdsa (barely intelligible - “preserves traditions”?). Historian, member of the Romanian Academy since 1992 and vicepresident since 2006. He collaborated with Securitate and informed on his own son.
- Dan Puric – mostly unrelated BS but also “orthodoxy is intrinsic to the Romanian soul”. Actor, mime, apologist.
- Sofia Vicoveanca – In everything we do we should be looking up. Sa lasam urechea sa asculte suspinul celui care are nevoie. Well-known folkloric singer born in Cernauti, like my grandmother.
- Ana Blandiana – What parent could decide for their child to not participate? It’s a compulsory intro to art, culture and Europe. Previously covered with Paul Goma.
- Vlad Mirita – recommends to all parents to file the request; guided by his priest-teacher to become a singer.
- Manuela Harabor – Truth is Jesus. 500 yrs from first Romanian school in a church, now we’re throwing away religion. Recently divorced actress, achieved notoriety in the main role as “Padureanca”.
- Liana Stanciu – I believe in the power of the soul. Congenital Dysphonia sufferer, she works in TV.
- Connect-R (Stefan Relu Mihalache) – My advice as parent is to request it for your children. How can I not fight for truth? Tolerance is within the power of love. He came out as Gypsy (sunt tigan!) while awarded best song in 2011. Combines hip-hop with an appreciation for Sarkozy’s racism and antiziganism (hn-sarko). There is something moving about him, and I nearly expect him to break out into a Bollywood dance (e.g., Benny Lava) any minute now during his interviews.
- Daniel Buzdugan – cute little poem. Known as an actor and mostly TV personality, producing farcical shows such as Gypsies in Italy, The Shepherd, Braila lover.
By the deadline yesterday over 89% of kids and their parents had expressed a written desire to be indoctrinated (hn-89%).
How did Romania get to this point?
Writing about church and religion is no easy task. Though I am not a religious person, I am not an atheist either (to my mind, atheism is a religion much like communism, hence the previous sentence is a tautology). Since I have never been religious, or force-fed religion in school, I do not hate priests or the Romanian Orthodox Church (aka BOR). After all, people like Dawkins hate it for this very reason: the lack of choice and the constant inducement of guilt that consumed their youth.
I suspect that this (the love and hate relationship people have with priests and religious figures in general: they perceive them as needed and simultaneously hate them for telling them what to do) is what may have led to the complaint against Father Ioan Pop. The other part may be the perception of “open season” on authority figures people from more oppressed parts of the world have when coming to Canada, feeling as if the more grievances they file and the more they pose in victims, the better their lives will get and the usually unrelated wrongs they suffer will be corrected.
There are some limited advantages to believing in God and going to church, but it seems to me that Romanians have gone way overboard with their religious fervour. Part of the reason is communism, which “forced” a quasi-religious indoctrination of people, with its patron saints Marx, Engels and Lenin and the supreme deity who was first Stalin, then Ceausescu. With “freedom” came a backlash against anything on the left of the political spectrum. Everything banned or discouraged during the communist era suddenly became indiscriminately cool, desirable and awesome. People fell back on the familiar default: fellating Jesus through priests who often have very little to do with Christ’s original message, which, incidentally, most people do not know and/or understand: just look at the interviews asking poor villagers what is celebrated at Christmas or Easter.
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