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Monday, November 23, 2015

Russian courts stifle religious ‘extremists’

Nazi persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses   (Photo by Coreyjo)
Most mainline religious doctrine includes a certain amount of “exclusivity and supremacy” ideation.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are no different in that respect.  Nevertheless, they were banned in Taganrog, Russia in 2009 for “propagating the exclusivity and supremacy” of their own religion.

This has been part of a regional movement by local Russian courts to clamp down on what they deem to be religious extremism.  Sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita have come under attack to the extent that the Kremlin has had to push back.

Just recently, Putin granted “immunity” from such rulings to these four texts:  “the Christian Bible, Muslim Koran, Jewish Tanakh and Buddhist Kangyur.”

Religious groups that lack such protection fear being treated as though the Soviet Union were once again calling the shots.


Copyright November 23, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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