> Interesting article today in Novyj Region 2 In Russian):
> It says:
> The President of the United States George Bush forbade the American
> Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, to attend the Holy Protection
> Monastery in Kiev.
JRS: If the President of the United States can forbid an ambassador to attend a particular
church, while representing this country abroad, where is the "separation of Church and
It would appear that, as in the old Soviet Union, this is "separation" is to be a one-way street:
Sens Unique, Einfach, Odno Napravlenie.
The separation of Church and State can be invoked to forbid crosses in State emblems,
Christmas decorations in public buildings, school prayer, the display of the Ten
Commandments in a court house.
But under Maggie Albright, the State Department issued a direct order that members of the
Serbian Orthodox Church were not to be aided in entering this country, except in the case of
mixed marriages (to members of other faiths).
If the President can forbid an ambassador to attend a church of a given denomination while
abroad, presumably he could also forbid government employees to attend Russian churches
(or Serbian churches) in this country.
The idea, however, of forbidding someone to go to a given church would be unthinkable if,
instead of an Orthodox Church, the question were one of going to any other denomination
That would include Islam, the Jehovah's Witnesses (who do not recognize the government),
the Moonies, any sect one could name. All of those would be covered by "freedom of
Fr. John R. Shaw