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Should Georgian Orthodox Christianity become an official religion, a state religion or neither?

Wednesday, April 16

“Isn’t Georgian Orthodox Christianity an official and state religion? Oh, I’m 35, have been going to church for years and I didn’t know about it. It should be a state religion, of course.”
Sandro, artist, 35

“It must become a state religion because the majority of Georgians are of the Orthodox faith. We are tolerant towards other religions but they often abuse our tolerance.”
Daduna, actress, 22

“Of course it must be a state religion… But I wonder why our politicians bring up issues like this just before the elections? Why is this a problem which must suddenly be addressed now and not before?”
Dimitri, worker, 53

“It should be a state religion because we are independent country, we have our own language and it is necessary to confirm officially that Orthodox is the religion here.”
arina, housewife, 53

“To tell the truth, I don’t know what the difference is between an official religion and a state religion. The majority of our country’s population is Orthodox Christian so I don’t think there would be any problems.”
Giorgi, student, 19

“I don’t know, maybe it would be better for it to become the official religion. I think the Patriarch should voice his opinion on the matter.”
Tea, painter, 30

“I signed the Christian Democratic Party’s petition. This is a very important issue.”
Lali, ophthalmologist, 41

“It should be the state religion.”
Kakha, student, 22

“Whatever the Patriarch decides!”
Nino, photographer, 27