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Old November 21st, 2014, 05:35 PM   #21
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Ugh! How do I brew my coffee now...dip into the toilet first??? Yucko!!!! Thanks fer nuthin'........
The "God-approved leader and government" concept ain't nothing new, 16th-century European stuff.

Presently, Christian Russia is challenging the Christian West. Damn, that christian vs. christian dynamic I'd always hoped I wouldn't see again. Here it is, again.

Russia has a de facto national church. Religious freedom along with other (US) 1st Amendment rights are on the block in Russia, The majority of the Russian electorate evidently prefers security over Western-style personal freedoms.

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RUSSIA 2012 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

Executive Summary


The constitution provides for freedom of religion; however, other laws and policies restrict religious freedom. In practice the government generally respected religious freedom, but imposed restrictions that affected members of minority religious groups. These included the use of extremism charges to ban religious materials and restrict groups’ right to assemble, detentions, raids, denial of official registration with the Ministry of Justice, denial of official building registration, and denial of visas to religious workers. There is no state religion, but the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and other “traditional” religious communities received preferential consideration. The trend in the government’s respect for religious freedom did not change significantly during the year.

There were reports of societal abuses and discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. Members of minority religious groups continued to experience harassment and occasional physical attacks. Violent extremism in the North Caucasus region and an influx of Central Asian migrant workers led to negative attitudes in many regions toward traditionally Muslim ethnic groups.


RUSSIA 2012 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT
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