Tuesday, May 11, 2010

St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Angels Camp looking good as it turns 100yrs Old

St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Angels Camp looking good as it turns 100 - Faith & Values - Modbee.com

Nice story in the Modesto Bee about our church in Angel's Camp, plus another story in the Ledger Dispatch. The 100th anniversary celebration is Saturday May 15th, 2010 with a Liurgy served at the church at 10AM, then a blessing of old Serbian cemetery in nearby Altaville, and a luncheon to follow at Black Bart's Restaurant in San Andreas complete with a tambura band. Be there!


Mister Jorge said...

Thank you for this very informative blog!!

I have a coworker who is a Muslim who left Serbia (with her parents) for America. She would tell me about the treatment of Muslims in Serbia.
She would make it out to see as if the Christian Serbians were monsters.
I really had no idea if she was telling the truth or not. But this blog really helps me see what the reality of the situation is.

Could you point mein the direction of some good books or other websites that address the history of this situations (albanian muslims in christian serbia).
I'm from America and am not too familiar with it.

May God bless you.

SerbBlog.com said...

Mr. Jorge,

I am an American too, Mr.Jorge, whose family roots came from the Balkans and who has studied Balkan history for many years.

Serbs have been a quiet little ethnic group in America for over 100 years, proud of what they could do to repay America for having given them a home, rather than looking for what America could do for them.

Islam came to the Balkans in the 15th century spreading the word of Allah by the sword with the Ottoman Turkish Empire. They converted many in the Balkans, including a majority of Albanians, some individuals in Serbia and many in Bosnia. It is a testimony to Serb tolerance that Serbs did not force all of the Muslims out of Serbia and Bosnia (as Western Europe once did) when Serbs finally drove the Ottoman Turks out in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Serbs are virtually the only ones (besides some Bosnian Croats) in the former Yugoslavia who endured Turkish Muslim occupation and kept their Christian Faith.

The Deliso book, the coming Balkan Caliphate listed on the right on this blog is an excellent source on the history of Islam in the Balkans, and includes the history of the Kosovo Albanians -- as well as what the current situation portends for the future.

Alija Izetbegovic, the Bosnian president of the 1990's, originally wrote a document in 1970, re-politicizing Islam. (This predated even the Iranian Revolution) It is called The Islamic Declaration and it is available online here www.scribd.com/doc/13113767/Alija-Izetbegovics-Islamic-Declaration1990 It was republished in 1990, a year before the Bosnian war began. This was their Islamic Revolution in their own words.

Other good websites on the subject include republicanriot.com, serbianna.com, balkanstudies.org and others listed bottom right on this blog under Special Links.

May God Bless you too, Mister Jorge!

Christ Is Risen!, Truly He Is Risen!