» 07/08/2010, 00.00
Rostov: Pentecostal Church denied building permit because of Orthodox pressure
The Christ the Saviour Pentecostal Church was planning to build a place of worship in the Cossack village of Veshenskaia. A petition with only 20 signatures (out of a population of 10,000) was enough to get the Protestant Church labelled “morally corrupt”.
Council of Religious Experts threatens religious freedom
Christians, including some Orthodox, and Muslims have slammed the council set up within the Justice Ministry. A row breaks out over the intransigent views of its chairman, Aleksandr Dvorkin, and accusations of incompetence levelled at its members.
Medvedev steers religions toward young people, but blocks Jehovah's witnesses
The Russian president is involving the traditional confessions in programs on behalf of young people. The Kremlin wants to reinforce relations with the Orthodox, make the Patriarch of Moscow a point of reference for all religions, and attribute a strong political value to his position. Jehovah's Witnesses accused of social isolation.
Attack on Christians in Russian Caucasus
Three churches in Karachayevo-Cherkessia set on fire, but Muslims are being targeted too: Imam killed in Dagestan. Attempts to "destabilize the inter-religious peace."
Saving the monastery of Mor Gabriel, to guarantee a multicultural Turkey
Muslim leaders are trying to destroy it, and have sued the monastery for alleged proselytism. A spiritual and cultural center for the Syriac Orthodox, it still uses ancient Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. During the 1960's, at least 130,000 Syriacs lived in Tur Abdin. Today, there are only 3,000. The minority community hopes that the European Union will come to its defense with an appeal to Ankara.
In Astana, parliament is approving a law for "religious unfreedom"
The lower chamber has approved the text, which will soon go to the senate for final review. The authors of the law refuse to release the text. But human rights activists say that it contains restrictive measures to wipe out many religious groups that today are permitted. No interest in observations from the OSCE.
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