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Patriarchate against removing Christian symbols from emblem

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.12.06 Interfax: Patriarchate against removing Christian symbols from emblem Moscow, December 6, Interfax - The calls to remove Christianity-related
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      2005.12.06 Interfax:

      Patriarchate against removing Christian symbols from emblem

      Moscow, December 6, Interfax - The calls to remove Christianity-related
      symbols from the Russian state emblem might benefit those aiming to provoke
      an inter-religious conflict, said Moscow Patriarchate spokesman archpriest
      Vsevolod Chaplin.

      A number of Muslim leaders earlier suggested the move and criticized the
      Russian government and its law enforcement and security agencies for
      abandoning the principle of secularity.

      Fr. Vsevolod, however, said, "Nobody would benefit from a conflict, and
      least of all the Muslims, who are already suffering from unfair Islamic
      phobia."

      "It would be beneficial only to those who receives money from abroad in
      order to sow hostility in Russia, radicalize the Islamic ummah, and
      simultaneously get rid of its traditional leadership and so come to the
      foreground," he said.

      "These people are in the shade so far, but we know them well. They should
      be stopped," Fr. Vsevolod said.

      In addition, "the calls to de-Christianize Russia, its symbols and history,
      its present and its future, certainly cannot but draw a negative response
      from Orthodox believers," he said. "This is what the organizers of this
      publication are probably seeking," a priest said.

      He emphasized that he respects Russian Muslims and the fact that Islam is
      the core religion in many regions of Russia.
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