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Moscow Patriarchate believes the state shouldn’t be neutral in religious sphere

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5440 03 December 2008, 13:00 The Moscow Patriarchate believes the state shouldn’t be neutral in religious
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      03 December 2008, 13:00
      The Moscow Patriarchate believes the state
      shouldn’t be neutral in religious sphere

      Moscow, December 3, Interfax – The Russian
      Orthodox Church believes the state can’t keep
      neutrality in religious sphere before present-day challenges.

      “Today all CIS countries arrive at the opinion
      that the state can’t be neutral in religious
      sphere, can’t keep neutrality in front of
      ideologies disguised in religion that evidently
      threaten with interreligious conflicts,” Deputy
      Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department
      for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod
      Chaplin at a Moscow conference.

      He went on to say that at present moment, states
      of the former USSR stick to the “principle of
      selective support of one or several religious
      communities with protection of basic rights of all such communities.”

      Considering that “monopoly of secularism for
      public order has finally become the thing of the
      past,” the Church official expressed an opinion
      that today the state need to “initiate a dialogue
      with religion and even insist on it.”
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