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Serbian Orthodox bishop curses government, hit with hate-speech charge

June 23, 2011

A Serbian Orthodox bishop in Montenegro faces criminal charges for hate speech, after pronouncing a curse on government officials who are planning to raze a church.

Bishop Amfilohije Radovic said that if anyone demolished the church, “may God demolish him and his heirs.” His statement was denounced by his critics as an incitement to contempt for others.


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jun. 24, 2011 10:17 AM ET USA

    He's just echoing the sentiments of the prophet David in his Psalter. I don't see what the fuss is about. I certainly hope he didn't have malice in his heart when he said it but come on, what's wrong with being a little miffed about the government destruction of churches?

  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 23, 2011 11:46 PM ET USA

    Considering the part of the world the Bishop lives in, he probably pronounced his curse during the children's homily.