Russia – International Religious Freedom Report 2008
Now a few days ago, buddy Ingvar post on his blog a material “НОВЫЙ КРЕСТОВЫЙ ПОХОД” which, I believe, refer an issue that deserves a look.
I then say that such tendencies and actions have existed in Romania. Without too great achievement. Because existing laws do not allow proselytizing. Also, probably because the Romanian Orthodox Church is in first place among the institutions who trust granted them Romanians. But that does not really seem to accommodate some. Today find Newsline Agency Mediafax that:
“U.S. denounces restrictions imposed on religious minorities in Romania
Religious freedom is generally respected in Romania, it is guaranteed by law and implemented by the Government, but there are some restrictions that prevent minority religious groups to benefit from this right, shown in the 2008 report of the U.S. Department of State.
Stressing that there are no major changes in Romania during the completion of this report, the U.S. Department of State notes that religious minority groups continue to defendants, are credible, government officials that they hinder efforts to convert and interfering with other religious activities. They argue that public schools refuse to provide hours of religion”.
They means Old Rite Russian Christian (Orthodox) Church, Protestant Reformed Church, Christian Evangelical Church, Romanian Evangelical Church, Evangelical Augustinian Church, Lutheran Evangelical Church, Unitarian Church of Romania, Baptist Church, Apostolic Church of God (Pentecostal Church), Seventh-day Adventist Church, Armenian Church, Judaism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Baha’i Faith, the Family (God’s Children), the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Unification Church, the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, Transcendental Meditation, Hare Krishna, and Zen Buddhism or about 2% of the Romanian population.
Obviously, this is a side of the famous phrase “Divide et Impera.” Only that if in Romania things are quite clear (over 90% of the population is Christian, Orthodox and Greek Catholic), imagine you how important is such an approach in Russia, where religious composition are entirely different dimension.
According to the same Department of State U.S., “The country has an area of 6,592,769 square miles and a population of 142 million. In practice, only a minority of citizens actively participated in any religion. Many who identified themselves as members of a religious group participated in religious life rarely or not at all. There is no one set of reliable statistics that breaks down the population by denomination, and the statistics below are compiled from government, polling, and religious group sources”.
Here, Raport of the Russia: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf2008/108468.htm
To be well understood, I not want to limit religious rights. Each is free to believe what he wants. And turtles, so if it urges its soul. Only that freedoms everyone should take into account and freedoms of others. Also, I know that the greatness and power of a nation, whatever her, sometimes depend on the unity of faith. It’s one thing that history proved and we to still have to learn.