Religion, Nationalism and the Culture of Remembran

Religion, Nationalism and the Culture of Remembran


“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Centre for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society presents a documentary Religion, Nationalism and Culture of Remebrance Both, Religion and State are the models of perfomativity of power, authority and controlling of community order therefore, both, religion and nationalism are sharing, as I mentioned before two ontologies however nationalism in our context is becoming a religion itself and has a religious dimension. Screenplay If we would pose the the question of the role of the religions in the context of war I would say that the their role would be between enemy lines. And if we return back and realize that there were no religious leaders between the enemy lines no parish priests between the enemy lines that, there were no responsible believing individuals… Therefore, regretfully we have to conclude that Religions in the Western Balkans failed in their role during the armed conflict. Author Two decades after the war in Former Yugoslavia Western Balkans societies are still remain in ‘frozen conflict’ full of religious and nationalist narratives about the threats of ‘others’. Though the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia were essentially of a political nature they had strong religious subtext where dominant religions played a certain role in the creation of ethnic divisions. Religion served as a constitutive element of nationalism and undoubtedly as the key discriminating marker that defined parties in the conflict. Those conflicts, as we know, are rather complex and layered. Even today there are disputes regarding the nature of conflict whether they it was civil war or aggression. But I’m sure that conflict in many ways left region in pain and deeply wounded and scarred where religion also had it’s role in creating it at that time religion was one of the mayor markers of division. Having in mind the present etnicities in the Western Balkans because, people in the former Yugoslavia shared the same language in great deal, shared culture especially, the culture that was shared during the Yugoslavia therefore dominant religions had incredibly conflict potential as means and distinction marker. Who is sent by Kohl (Helmuth)? If there is no one here? Gensher? United States and Europe? To judge Yugoslavia and Serbian people in Serbia and Serbia’s Krajinas? Who is that peacemaker who is trying to reconcile Serbs and Croats? Those ancient enemies… In that respect in the Former Yugoslavia, after the fall of communism or that particular version of Yugoslav socialism new context emerged where Religions in many ways, though it is important to mention not in every case and not always were backing up new nationalistic ideologies creating the deadly mixture which lead to tragic consequences across the Western Balkans. If you consider self for a believer you will not be silent while your neighbor is being taken therefore we didn’t have courage for such concrete actions and then, we unconsciously had compensated such direct and responsible demands for nominality and phraseology and under such excuses our neighbors were taken or killed under such excuses, in almost every place we had camps which often were death camps And now, imagine this paradox at the same place we have death camps and Sunday services totally unhindered by the war and every priest, every imam every believer was aware of it yet nothing happened. There was no mass, liturgy or service that has stopped out of protest. Soldiers weren’t banned to receive the Eucharist. Therefore, we have all lived such schizophrenia and unfortunately still continue in living it…

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