18145Orthodox rally in Moscow condemns Scientologists
- Jul 2, 2013http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10590
01 July 2013, 10:01
Orthodox rally in Moscow condemns Scientologists
Moscow, July 1, Interfax - An Orthodox Christian rally on Saturday that
brought together about 200 people condemned the allegedly proselytizing
activities of Moscow's Scientologist community and demanded the
construction of numerous Orthodox churches in the city.
Indignation was expressed at the rally, held on 1905 Square in central
Moscow, with the fact that the "totalitarian sect" occupies a large
former mansion not far from the Pokrovsky Convent in the city's historic
Taganka area and is "intensively trying to recruit people who come [to
the convent] to venerate the relics of St. Matrona."
"In the 21st century, wars are fought with information and Web methods,
totalitarian sects are used intensively, and so anyone who cares about
the survival of Russia must join the body of the Russian Orthodox
Church," said one of the rally organizers, Valentin Lebedev, leader of
the Orthodox Citizens Union.
The leader of the Forty Times Forty group, Andrei Kormukhin, demanded a
ban on Scientologist activities in Moscow, especially near an Orthodox
place of worship.
"In what is in effect a city of 15 million, we need 1,600 new churches -
'forty times forty,' - and very soon as well, as at least minimal
compensation for the damage done to the church by the theomachists," he
The meeting issued an appeal to the mayor and the head of the city
legislature to take measures to prevent "sects" from activities that may
exercise any influence on secondary and primary schools and to help
governmental agencies whose duties include control of Scientologist and
"other destructive religious organizations."
The reason for the rally was a ruling by the Gagarinsky District Court
late in May that upheld the Justice Ministry's grievances against the
Scientologist Church of Moscow and the Management Center for the
Dissemination of Dianetics and Scientology.