Talk:Illyrian Movement

From New World Encyclopedia
Unification Aspects: The Illyrian Movement was a cultural and linguistic and national revival that expressed a people's desire for freedom from imperial rule. The Divine Principle recognizes that all people have a right to be free. "When the social circumstances of an era cannot supply the desires of freedom loving people," says the Exposition, "revolutions inevitably erupt" and "revolutions will continue until true freedom has been fully restored" (76). Only a human race that is truly free, free to choose to obey and to worship God will be able to fulfill the purposes of God's creation. Thus, "the purpose of our search for freedom is to facilitate the accomplishment of our God-given responsibility, which is essential for fulfilling our purpose of creation" (75). Throughout history, people have been "desperately crying out for freedom" (76). Many freedom movements and struggles have used violence to achieve their aims but the Illyrian movement was within the culture, aiming to foster and to nurture a national consciousness from which, as the wind of freedom blew through Europe in the nineteenth century, independence would follow. The Movement was also inclusive as it aimed to embrace all those who lived in the Croatian space regardless of their religion or race. The Unification movement regards barriers between people based on color, creed, religion, gender or race as an obstacle to the creation of a single, united world of peace and justice. Both religion and culture can be used to build barriers, or to discriminate against some and to favor others. The Unification movement is opposed to such mis-use of religion and of culture. The re-emergence of Creation national consciousness represented by the Illyrian movement can be regarded as a positive example of how culture has been used to create a common home for those who occupy a particular political space. Sadly, this did not continue and during World War II Croatia was the first Nazi puppet state to declare itself "Jew-free." Serbs, Gypsies and Muslims were also among the victims.
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