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Ask Panayote 1 — Greece and Freethought

August 9, 2019

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewees: Panayote Dimitras

Numbering: Issue 3: Mathematics, Counselling Psychology, and More

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: Question Time

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: August 9, 2019

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 358

Keywords: Greece, Panayote Dimitras, Scott Douglas Jacobsen.

Panayote Dimitras is the Co-Founder and Spokesperson of the Humanist Union of Greece, and a Board Member of the European Humanist Federation.

Here we talk about Greek culture and freethought, and more.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What has been the historical acceptance of atheism and theism in Greece? How do these impact political, social, and family life?

Panayote Dimitras: Greece is a country where theism is a near-universal value and atheism is broadly perceived as an anti-Hellenic value or “heresy” or “insult.”

As the President of the Republic, the Government, the Parliament are sworn in not only invoking God etc but also in the presence of priest, bishops, and often the Archbishop; as in all birth, religious but also civil marriage, and cohabitation partnership certificates it is mandatory to declare one’s religion; and so on; it is asphyxiating to be an “out-atheist” in Greece.

It is indicative that the former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the former Mayor of Athens George Kaminis once stated that they were atheists but this was not evident at all in the day toi day functioning of the Government and the City of Athens.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Panayote.

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