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President Iohannis: Universal human freedoms & rights are today taken by some for obsolete political correctness

Currently, the universal human freedoms and rights, tolerance and respect for the social diversity “have come to be taken by some for obsolete political correctness,” President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday in a message on the occasion of an event organised by the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession on 500 years anniversary since the Reform fathered made by Martin Luther.

As the Presidential Administration reads in a release, Klaus Iohannis sent the above-mentioned message to the participants in the round-table on “Reform Today – Reforms Today”, organised in central Sibiu City by the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession. The message was delivered by presidential counselor Sergiu Nistor.

“Unfortunately, today the universal human freedoms and rights, tolerance and respect for social diversity are taken by some for old-fashioned political correctness, a cause of withdrawal between the political class and the citizens. The Edict of Turda, as well as the history and personalities of the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession are proof that on the contrary, in order to accomplish their mission and destiny, the political, cultural or religious elites must put themselves in front of the community and if necessary even ahead of times. The elites have the role to inspire the peoples, to work for the social capitalisation of the person’s freedom and dignity, for a society marked by responsibility and ennobled through tolerance,” reads the message of Klaus Iohannis.

President Iohannis congratulated the leadership and parishioners of the Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession at the 500th anniversary since the initiation of the Reform by Martin Luther.

“The Evangelical Church of Augustan Confession used to be from the Reform’s moment for centuries the Saxons’ identity institution. It is today a bridge of spirituality between its churchgoers who have stayed in Romania and those who have emigrated, yet remaining strongly attached to their birth places and their faith’s values. All of the religious denomination in Romania claiming themselves from the Reform deserve a hearted appreciation for the way they fulfill their mission and I send a warm salute to their heads and believers,” Iohannis adds.

According to him, the jubilee of the Reform finds in Romania “a proper place and evocative framework.”

“Transylvania and Sibiu City could show how by looking for God, happiness and salvation, the people could follow peacefully different ways. At the Brukenthal Museum of Sibiu the original of the Edict of Turda is kept. In a blood-shed Europe in the name of faith, although it ignores the Romanians’ Orthodoxy of Transylvania, the Edict was ruling for the first time the religious tolerance principle, launching a new, humanist perspective upon the role of the religion in society,” the president adds.

He stresses that “by imposing mother tongue in church” as well as by spreading the book and the prints, the Reform has determined a deep change of the European society.

“In the Transylvanian area, these processes found themselves in the reformed communities of the Saxons and Hungarians, but their presence was also felt in the Orthodox Romanians communities. They encouraged the exchanges and communication with Moldova and Wallachia. Today, when preparing ourselves for the Great Union’s jubilee I can see and hail the celebration of the Reform in Romania, the recognition of the progress it brought to society, in particular through the making and development of the inter-ethnic, inter-confessional and inter-cultural dialogue. The Reform in Transylvania is reporting us over centuries a priceless legacy whose beneficiaries and responsible people are the all of us,” the head of state emphasised.

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