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Tuesday, 17 August 2004

More Intolerance

Having already caused offence to the gay community (see previous post), it seems that intolerance in Greece extends to religion as well.

The Olympics village house over 10000 athletes, plus entourage. They come from far and wide, and not surprisingly have different religious beliefs. In order to tend to their beliefs, many athletes have brought their own priests, spiritual advisers etc.

However, Greece has a few rules with regard to religion. It seems that they only allow certain Christian churches from countries with which they have good relations.

There are ongoing discussions between the Athens Olympic Committee (ATHOC) and religious leaders, as to what the church representatives can and can't do; and where they can do it.

I believe that issues regarding non Christian religions are even more "complex".

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