Archbishop Christodoulos Blesses the Hellenic Genocide Petition
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 19:38:16 +0200
To: Hellenic Genocide Petition Committee (www.greece.org/genocide)
Electronic Center (www.greece.org)
Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Fellow Hellenes Worldwide,
I am writing in response to the thousands of e-mail messages addressed to our national political leaders, copies of which I received.
These messages are nearly unanimous in urging that our political leaders
not violate Law 2675/98 by deleting the term "genocide" when explaining the destruction of Hellenism in Asia Minor.
Not only does this denial reflect disregard for the law, but also a retreat in the face of pressures by a regime founded on the genocides of
the Christian peoples of Asia Minor, and which continues to have a heinous human rights record.
In a few days we will be celebrating the Annunciation of the Theotokos, the message of the upcoming birth of the God-man. At the same time we
will be honoring the memory of those who fought for the rebirth of our ethnos. This struggle began outside of our enslaved land, by the
Hellenes of the periphery and the Diaspora.
Today you, the Hellenes of the Diaspora, our brothers and sisters in
far-flung lands, supported by many Philhellenes, utilizing the most
advanced communication technology, are reminding all of us not to deny
the suffering and the martyrdom endured by the Greeks of Asia
Hundreds of thousands were exterminated, over a million were expelled
from this ancient land, part of our heritage for millennia, rather than
betray their Christian Orthodox faith and Hellenic identity.
Nor should we forget the other peoples of Asia Minor, the Armenians, the
Assyrians and many others whose presence in their ancestral lands was violently terminated by the criminal acts of genocide. Thankfully, the
civilized nations of the world are going on record, one by one, in recognition of these tragic events.
By circulating this Petition against the denial of genocide, you,
Hellenes of the Diaspora, are taking the lead to awaken our conscience.
Thank you resisting efforts to distort our history and to deny our
God Bless you All.
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece