Over 80% of the Georgian population approve of the Orthodox Church and its principles. This has been illustrated a couple of days ago, as Church protests were powerful enough to make civil authorities postpone a law that would allow cultivation, production, and exportation of marijuana.
On Sunday, Patriarch Ilia II talked about the issue in his homily:
“The government should take responsibility and control the situation. This industry [marijuana production] should not move into the private sector. If this happens, then we won’t be able to control the process. There is now a question about the development of legislation. This legislation should say that the government is responsible for this process.”
“We must remember that permission to use drugs is enmity towards our nation. I am certain that the people who gave this permission for drugs themselves do not agree, but the pressure was so great, and the weight upon them that they were forced to make this ruling.
He also highlighted the dangers of drug abuse:
“We must remember that it is dangerous. It is dangerous because drug addicts from other countries will come here and enjoy this freedom. Thus, drug addiction will become even more widespread in Georgia. That is why I want to ask our authorities to look at this with greater responsibility. They mustn’t look only at the economy… Why do we need such an economy if we lose our children?”
His words prompted many Orthodox to organize more protests after the Divine Liturgy.
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