OPINION

Dangerous mentality

The invasion by some 20 students of a church in Zografou, eastern Athens, which resulted in the interruption of the service negates their struggle to preserve university asylum legislation. They claim to have been acting in defense of democratic rights. But engaging in religious activities is in itself a democratic right. They cannot in the name of freedom violate the rights of other people at the time of the service. It’s not about impiety or blasphemy. It’s about abiding the laws of a democratic society. Some people believe that their demands come before those of other people and that they can infringe upon them without suffering any consequences. This is a dangerous mentality that the state and political parties must thwart. According to a recent VPRC survey published in Kathimerini, the majority of people approve of public protests but are against sit-ins, the destruction of public property and blocking off the streets. No one has the right to interrupt a religious service of any religious dogma for any reason.