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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.08.29 Interfax: 29 August 2005, 15:48 Sectarians defile an Orthodox church in the Crimea Simferopol, August 29, Interfax - Participants in the music
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      2005.08.29 Interfax:

      29 August 2005, 15:48

      Sectarians defile an Orthodox church in the Crimea

      Simferopol, August 29, Interfax - Participants in the music festival
      'White Nights in Tarhankut' organized by the 'Ambassadors of God'
      sect defiled the Orthodox church dedicated to the Great Martyr
      Barbara in the Olenevka sea resort on the Crimean western coast.

      In a report to Metropolitan Lazar of the Crimea, the head of village,
      Yuri Shchelok, clergy and laity of the church assert that a group of
      young people was shooting a clip in the church. During the shooting
      they covered doors and windows with wooden boards and shouted insults
      to the Orthodox Church.

      'They insulted religious sentiments by their behaviour and violated
      the current Ukrainian legislation', says the document cited by the
      Novy Region site.

      The Orthodox church parishioners said that there was no service
      celebrated in the church during the incident, as the church has no
      permanent priest. The believers reported that a group of young people
      had blocked up the doors and windows of the church building with
      wooden boards and begun tearing them off in front of the camera. The
      design of the authors was to symbolize the revival of spirituality.

      The Ukrainian Orthodox Church press service notes that the
      'Ambassadors of God' sect is a typical financial pyramid built up on
      the patter of network marketing that besides commonly used
      methodology of wringing out money, blasphemously exploits Christian
      holy objects. The sectarians declare from the church pulpit that 'God
      is the most reliable bank that never goes bankrupt. Therefore, your
      donations to Him will bring you hundredfold returns'.

      The press service of the canonical Church notes that collecting of
      donations in the sect is preceded by moving sermons about the
      importance of paying one tenth of one's income and is accompanied by
      hymns on popular melodies. The parishioners, who do not donate a
      compulsory tithe, are anathematized. As a result, many sectarians
      donate not only money, but also securities, cars, apartments, houses
      and land for the promised benefits and goods, including the eternal
      life.
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