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State Secretary for Political Affairs Radulović: There are no superior religious communities, Montenegro is pluralistic society

State Secretary for Political Affairs Radulović: There are no superior religious communities, Montenegro is pluralistic society
Published date: 18.01.2020 15:07 | Author: PR SERVICE

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State Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vladimir Radulović assessed the fact that the Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief defines and constitutes Montenegro as free, open and pluralistic society in terms of the rights and obligations of religious communities and believers, as its most important dimension.

Pluralistic, in the sense that, in addition to appreciation and respecting the most important and largest traditional religious communities, the Law opens room for those lasting less, for those who have recently been formed, and for those who are yet to be formed. Thus, the room of religious freedom, profession of religion and expression of one's beliefs is unlimited, Ambassador Radulović stated.

The State Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that "there are no superior religions and religious communities".

It is the cornerstone on which this Law rests, continuing on what is the heritage of all civil revolutions of France to the Americas and which can most fundamentally be placed in principle - as many churches as believers. The Law fully and consistently affirms the principle of the modern secular state. It is the most valuable range of this law and should not be reduced to just a few of its members, of which there may, of course, be differing opinions, stated Radulović.

The approval of the international community, above all the Venice Commission was essential in the preparation of the law and its final version, he recalled.

The room for its disputes from this angle, which I spoke about, is almost non-existent, and the dialogue continues with everyone who is interested, stated the State Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He noted that the Law on Freedom of Religion or Beliefs was emancipatory and modernising in nature, recalling that it replaced the old 1977 Law of the communism and the bipolar world period.

He recalled that the preparation for the adoption of this law, took a full six years and involved almost all social actors - representatives of all major religious communities in Montenegro and their religious leaders, representatives of the Parliament, the Government, political parties, non – professional and professional public and the media.
In fact, adopting this Law, Montenegro has institutionally and symbolically stepped out of a time of authoritarianism and freedom to the time of democracy and the European, stated Ambassador Radulović.