05 April 2011, 18:16
Russian Orthodox Church fears Islamists' arrival in Arab world
Moscow, April 5, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has expressed
fears that religious extremists may seize power in North Africa and
in the Middle East.
"Changes in political regimes and a collision of interests of
different social forces may lead to uncertainty, violence and
lawlessness," Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk , the head of the
Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a delegation
of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee in Moscow on Tuesday.
Radical Islamists, notorious for their calls for violence against
Jews and Christians may come to power in these regions, he said.
"We have been observing growth in Christianophobia, which may
deteriorate into a plunder of Christian churches and killings of
Christians. The world community must rise to defend the basic human
right to freely choose a religion and to live abiding by the
religious norms and principles," he said.