Opinion: Religious Intolerance Reigns in Georgia

October 30, 2003

Source: Eurasianet


On October 30, 2003 Eurasianet ran an opinion piece by Daan van der Schriek in which he commented on the state of religious intolerance in Georgia: "All the troubles plaguing Georgia - breakaway republics, political hostility, and economic dependence on Russia - may obscure the extent of religious intolerance in the country. Georgia has tolerated hundreds of assaults on Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims and those outside Georgian Orthodox Christianity. One outspoken supporter of such tactics, parliamentarian Guram Sharadze, has joined pro-presidential party For A New Georgia ahead of the November 2 parliamentary elections. Sharadze’s zeal may politicize the tolerance issue in some voters’ minds."