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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=1109 28 February 2006, 13:56 Russian Orthodox Church: The idea of human rights should not justify sin Moscow,
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      28 February 2006, 13:56
      Russian Orthodox Church: The idea of human rights should not justify sin

      Moscow, February 28, Interfax - Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and
      Kaliningrad, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church
      Relations, is convinced that the idea of human rights should not come into
      conflict with religious morality and justify sin.

      'Certain things which cannot be accepted by religious morality have been
      actively defended in the European community in recent years', Metropolitan
      Kirill stated at the Conference on Human Rights and Dignity from the Church
      and Public Perspective' taking place on Tuesday in Moscow.

      He referred to homosexuality, euthanasia and abortion, holding that it was
      wrong to institute criminal penalty for them, but 'it is even more wrong to
      impose them as a norm, equating them automatically to the law of disobedience'.

      'It should be remembered that a sin propagated through the investment of
      huge money, as is the case today, becomes very attractive', Metropolitan
      Kirill believes.

      He also strongly criticized the resolution on homophobia adopted by the
      Euro-Parliament recently. According to the metropolitan, this document
      spreads temptations for those in society who could avoid the sin and create
      normal families in the situation of a demographic crisis.

      He also criticized the pace with which gambling games are spreading to
      Russian regions, saying that gambling mania was a tragedy in Russia today.
      'The freedom of the gambling business really destroys society, bringing
      suffering to human families', he said, emphasizing the need to introduce
      legislative restrictions in this area.

      In conclusion the metropolitan urged to remember that human dignity is the
      principal motive for justifying the existence of rights and freedoms in
      society. And the human dignity of a person, he said, is an essential
      testimony of the presence of 'God's image' in him.
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