Holy Saint Lazar Youth Camp Serbia
SETimes: “Serbian True Orthodox” Splinter Group Training Kids in Weaponry
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Sep 05, 2014 ? Comment(s) ? Tags: Serbia, Serbian Orthodox
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NEWS 05 AUG 14
Gun-toting Kids Camp Causes Alarm in Serbia
A summer camp where religious zealots trained children to shoot with fake rifles and taught them that democracy is evil has caused a rumpus.
Religious hardliners in Serbia are being accused of abuse of minors - and even of breaking the law - in connection with a controversial summer camp.
The 15 children attending the St Lazar’s Summer Youth Camp this July in the Ku?aj mountains of eastern Serbia were taught to wear military uniform and shoot from replica Kalashnikov rifles.
The camp was organised by a breakaway sect styling itself the Serbian True Orthodox Church, whose leader, Nemanja Stankovic, was expelled from the Serbian Orthodox Church – Serbia’s main faith group
According to the organisation’s website, the days at the camp started with prayers, the raising of the national flag and the singing of the national anthem.
Over the next ten days, the children engaged in sporting activities, camping and long walks - all regular activities in summer camps.
Shooting practice. | Photo by serbiantrueorthodox.blogspot.com
The difference is that they also wore masked uniforms and learned how to shoot from automatic rifles, using replica kalashnikovs.
The camp organisers said they aimed to “deeply root in young participants a sense of community, civility, self-sacrifice, courage, spirituality and unwavering loyalty to the Orthodox faith and fatherland.
“The latter includes military discipline… and some of the most basic forms of military training. Military dress style also aids a feeling of willingness to serve the fatherland,” writes the website of the organisation.
The camp also provided its attendees basic education about the “sublime and indispensable of the Orthodox (non-parliamentary) monarchy, while exposing the false, and for Serbian people pernicious, political directions of communism and democracy”.
Serbian True Orthodox Church, formed in the mid-1990s, fiercely opposes all contact between the Orthodox Church and other faith groups. Their slogan is “Orthodoxy or Death”. Similar organisations exist in Russia and Greece.
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