The Bulgarian Grand Mufti Proclaims its Position on the Istanbul Convention

After the Bulgarian Orthodox Church announced its position on the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and one of its members threatened that MPs in favor of the convention should be excommunicated from the Church, the Bulgarian Grand Mufti decided to express its feelings about the convention as well.

The Mufti's statement is quite lengthy but does a decent job of providing both theistic and secular arguments against the ratification of the convention. The reality of the matter is that there are some legal uncertainties. In theory, the Convention should not be allowed to change laws and acts of any state that ratifies it but since it is an international document it has higher priority than local laws. The Mufti expressed its concerns that important documents such as The Family Act, the Anti-Discrimination Act, the Young People's Act, the Internal Policies Act will have to undergo substantial change in order to fulfill the Convention's requirements. 

Naturally, the Mufti addressed the Muslim stance on the matter. Religions and scripture are conservative when it comes to gay people, gender roles, socially constructed gender and additional genders. In that sense - the Grand Mufti in Bulgaria is supportive of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in saying that what the Convention stands for goes against God. 

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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