Raicevic said it’s completely normal that a priest Backovic, as a citizen of Montenegro, is enjoy all the rights provided by the Constitution.
“Backovic is from Katunska Nahija. He is fatefully bound for Montenegro, where he lives with his family and is completely normal to be active in decision-making related to one of the critical questions for his future and the future of his family and the nation he belongs to,” Raicevic said.
He added that Backovic’s decision is in accordance with the Church and Amfilohije’s statements.
Amfilohije criticized NATO several times. He said that the alliance was currently doing the same thing as Turkish sultans used to do when they occupied this area and that NATO is a national fascist pact which continues the work of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. He also said that NATO serves the gods of violence and tyranny, Hermes and Moloch.
It is interesting that the priest used to be a soldier.
“As a soldier in the Yugoslav army, Backovic was in an elite paratrooper forces unit and had a chance to feel ‘benefits’ of NATO. So he very consciously made the decision to contribute to the cause of Montenegro’s neutrality”, Raicevic explained.
Professor of sociology of religion at the University of Novi Sad Zorica Kuburic told CdM that the involvement of the clergy in politics reflects the powerlessness, not power.
“In some religious communities believers are forbidden to be politically engaged, while in others it implies in itself. However, it is difficult to separate the religious, social and political areas. It is also difficult to separate the private and public sphere – all those aspects exist in one person. However, it still seems to me that the mere fact that the clergy are organised and involved in the public debate, separately from the official policy, shows it is powerlessness rather than power and that the religious sphere is separated from political sphere but not from the social one”, she said.
Kuburic also explained that religion is the other side of politics.
She explained it does not deal exclusively with spiritual matters, but also with real problems.
“According to all studies, religious leaders are more trusted than politicians, so they significantly influence people regardless if they influence believers directly or secretly”, she told CdM.