A friend of mine and organizer of the 1st Greek Mythicist Conference asked me today to translate the following article from their blog concerning a censorship attempt by the greek far right Golden Dawn party. The attempt was of course doomed to fail, as the Greek Constitution does not permit such interventions in private events, and it is more likely that the attempt was made at all just to placate the fundamentalist Orthodox base of the party, but it is still an unpalatable and troublesome development. Keep reading for the Greek Mythicists announcement.
Golden Dawn attempted to shut down
the Conference on Mythicism
On May 18th the Golden Dawn party attempted a brazen intervention on the democratically founded right of Greek Citizens to express their opinions in public (in this case the fruits of their scholarly endeavours) just 4 days before the 1st Panhellenic Conference on Mythicism was to take place at the Community Centre of the Municipality of Athens. Ilias Panagiotaros, MP of the far right party, sent a letter to the Ministry of Education requesting that the Conference be canceled, since -as he put it- it aims to “destroy the faith of Greeks” (!).
We’d rather not comment on the fact that Mr. Panagiotaros is ignorant on the nature of the scholarly field of Mythicism, which is neither a religion nor a philosophical path, but a field of study open to anyone, believer and non-believer alike, nor on the fact that he confused the city of Milwaukee (and the local mythicist organization) with… Oklahoma. It appears that Golden Dawn has yet another reason to dislike Milwaukee, other than the participation of the successful Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo in the local NBA team.
On our part, we ask the friends and visitors of our website to consider the fate of all our free-thinking peers who publicly express their opinions and ideas in case these people ever get any real power. Since, for the time being, that scenario is science fiction, let’s take a moment to appreciate the democratic rights we enjoy as a society…
Greek Mythicists – 25/5/2016
The following is the letter of the Golden Dawn MP, Ilias Panagiotaros.
TO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
SUBJECT: “Panhellenic Conference of Mythicists in Athens”
The Mayor of Athens, G. Kaminis, granted the use of the “Antonis Tritsis” hall of the Municipality of Athens Community Centre to the organization of Mythicists, so they can organize their first panhellenic conference, with international participation and Mr. Stratos Theodosiou as the keynote speaker (President of the Union of Greek Physicists and Deputy Professor of the University of Athens). This conference will support the idea that Christ is a mythological figure and never existed historically. Participation is free of charge and will take place on May 22nd, 2016.
The competent minister is being asked:
1) Does the Ministry have knowledge of this panhellenic greek mythicist conference (in collaboration with the relevant Oklahoma USA mythicist department) with the topic that Christ never existed historically and is a mythological figure alone?
2) The Greek Constitution stated that the Orthodox Christian Faith is the dominant religion of our homeland. How can the ministry protect protect the holies of 2000 years of our homeland, if it does not intervene and allows the conference to take place, which is potentially heretical and aims to destroy the faith of Greeks?
The inquiring MP
MP of 2nd Athens District
POPULAR ASSOCIATION – GOLDEN DAWN