Ibsa mana Lubummaa Ortodoks tawaahidoo Oromiyaa ( Fulbaana 01, 2019)

Ibsa mana Lubummaa Ortodoks tawaahidoo Oromiyaa ( Fulbaana 01, 2019)

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  1. Great! You are absolutely right and genuinely in the right direction.

    Although I am never into religion, I believe that the establishment of Oromia Orthodox Church, in order to provide services to the people of the region in the language they speak, affaan Oromo, has been long over due. As article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Hunan Rights clearly stipulates: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, his religion or belief , and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”.i

    Unfortunately, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which played significant roles in Abyssinian expansion and maintained “Amhara” dominance has, effectively, excluded the Oromo people and other subjugated peoples of Ethiopia from enjoying their human rights. By the way, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has been disingenuously odd religion establishment that refuses to teach members of its congregation in the language they understand. While the changes in 1974 and 1991, in the Ethiopian governments, resulted in some forms of new political narratives and administrative structures, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church remained unchallenged and continied to serve as colonial institution in Oromia and other southern regions. Sadly, the great Oromo people have been denied services in their own language as well as burial places in churches established in their ancestral lands by extracting their human and material resources. Thankfully, now, Oromo religious leaders are determined to establish Oromia synod, and provide well deserved services to the great nation in their language. This will enable our people to understand religious teachings as well as exercise their rights to freedom of religion and language.

    Ironically, the anti-Oromo camps are unable to see that the Oromo people are free to exercise their inalienable rights to the freedom of religion and to use their language to practice their beliefs as it fits them. The Oromo people and other justice loving Ethiopians are behind the Oromo religious leaders working hard in order to correct the historical mishandling by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

    Freedom, justice and truth prevail!

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