In order to reinforce the notion that the values of ‘democracy and religious freedom’ in Ukraine are intact, it appears that openly promotes religious discrimination in a History textbook for Grade 11.
A photo of one of the pages of a history textbook for grade 11 was published online, paragraph 28 of which tells the story of the “struggle for the Ukrainian autocephalous church” by the Ukrainian state.
The authors of the textbook, which was published in April 2019 and was recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, are Vitaly Vlasov and Stanislav Kulchitsky.
The school curriculum of the history course in their edition says that the “struggle for autocephaly”, which began in 1992, thanks to presidents Kravchuk, Kuchma, Yushchenko and Poroshenko “ended in victory.”
The new program notes that the creation of the OCU and its receipt of the Tomos from the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople “consolidated and united the patriotic forces” of the country.
At the same time, the authors consider the main victory to be “limiting the influence of the ROC (Russian Orthodox Church) on the internal life” of Ukrainians.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the textbook is called either the UOC-MP (Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate), or the ROC.
The text is replete with the dates of the stages of the formation of the OCU and patriotic quotes from Poroshenko, the head of the Phanar – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Filaret and the head of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko.
The paragraph ends with the statement of Pyotr Alekseevich that “Tomos for us is actually another act of declaring Ukraine’s independence.”
To make sure that the students have learned the lesson well, the teacher should ask the senior pupils the following questions:
- Why did the UOC-MP obstruct the receipt of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church?
- How did they manifest themselves?
- What ideologemes did the opponents use to substantiate their position?
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