Putin on Religion
- MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin suggested Monday that he
opposes the teaching of religious ideology in Russian schools, but
called for public debate on how the history of religion can be taught
without blurring the constitutional barrier between church and state.
"As for [teaching] God's law, I have repeatedly discussed this
question with representatives of religious organizations and
religious faiths," Putin said at a meeting of a Kremlin science and
technology council. "We have a constitution and laws under which
religion is separate from the state. This is not changing."
However, Putin indicated that teaching religious history might be a
way to inculcate humanitarian values in Russian students.
"We must foster human values, and those are linked to religion -- and
we have four religions," Putin said, referring to dominant Russian
Orthodoxy and the other three faiths considered traditional in
Russia: Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.