Ziarele noastre văd numai lucruri bune. Realitatea este totuși alta. România este un loc foarte interesant atunci când vine vorba de libertatea religioasă. Pe de o parte avem legi care o protejează iar pe de altă parte avem cazuri în care nu ni se permite să construim locașuri de închinare, nu ni se permite să ne îngropăm morții, etc. Deși sunt ziare care remarcă tonul aparent optimist al raportului am evidențiat câteva exemple de încălcare a libertății religioase.
Some minority religious groups continued to report that local authorities for unjustified reasons opposed granting them construction permits for places of worship. The Greek Catholic Church continued to complain that the local authorities consistently opposed granting them a construction permit for a new church in Sapinta (Maramures County), where the local parish bought land in 2003. The Baptist and Adventist churches reported similar cases in Bucharest and Bursuceni (Suceava County) respectively.
The Baptist Church continued to allege that the Bucharest city hall wanted to expropriate a piece of land owned by the church for the construction of a shopping center. The Bucharest city hall repeatedly refused the Baptist Church’s request for a construction permit for a place of worship on the land.
The Greek Catholic, Adventist, and Baptist churches continued to report that Orthodox priests allowed the burial of non-Orthodox believers in confessional or even public cemeteries (often treated as confessional by Orthodox priests in rural areas) only when certain conditions were met; they allowed burials only in isolated sections of the cemetery if non-Orthodox religious services were not used.
The Baptist Church reported that, although it received land for a cemetery in Starchiojd, Prahova County, the local Orthodox parish occupied approximately one third of the land. In Potcoava, Olt County, the Baptist Church filed a lawsuit against the Orthodox Church because an Orthodox priest did not allow the burial of Baptist believers in a public cemetery. It also asked the mayor’s office to allocate land in the cemetery for the burial of Baptist believers. The lawsuit was in progress at the end of the reporting period. In May 2010 the Orthodox priest in Potcoava, supported by his bishop, did not allow the burial of a Baptist believer on the basis that he could not be buried in the same grave with Orthodox believers (the Baptist believer’s parents belonged to the Orthodox faith). A similar case was reported by the Baptist Church in Milailesti, Giurgiu County, where in December 2009 the Baptist congregation had to end the religious service for a deceased believer at the gate of the cemetery because the Orthodox priest denied them access to the cemetery. Over the years Orthodox priests have denied the Baptist Church access to the public cemeteries in Tufeni, Bacea, and Movileni (Olt County).
Anul acesta au fost mai puține plângeri din partea coreligionarilor. Asta fie pentru că nu au mai fost abuzuri fie pentru că oamenii nu au mai sesizat autoritățile. Între noi fie vorba, cred că a doua variantă este mai plauzibilă.
Remaintesc faptul că am selectat doar cazurile n care au fost implicați credincioși baptiști. Pentru cei care doresc să vadă și alte situații similare, Raportul se află AICI