Putin says leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution

DALLAS, August 2, 2013 — Vladimir Putin said last week that he observes “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa, inter-confessional tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed, including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”

The Russian president made his comments at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow. He urged the international community to take steps towards preserving the rights of Christian people worldwide and preventing the violence that they suffer routinely in dozens of nations around the globe.

The meeting was held with the leaders of all 15 Orthodox Churches to celebrate the 1,025th anniversary of the official adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir in 988 A.D. Orthodox leaders spoke out against what they consider the growing secularist suppression of Christian freedoms in Western nations like the U.K. and France, where same-sex marriage has just been legalized, and Christian business owners have been threatened with jail time and forced to pay fines for refusing to participate in homosexual wedding ceremonies.

Getting closer: Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Alexy II (Photo: AP)

Getting closer: Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Alexy II (Photo: AP)

The Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer, Metropolitan Hilarion, warned of “secularization in disguise of democratization” and of a “powerful energy today [that] strives to finally break with Christianity, which controlled its totalitarian impulses during 17 centuries.” 

“Eventually,” Hilarion said, “it unconsciously strives to set up an absolute dictatorship that demands total control over each member of society. Don’t we move to it when ‘for the sake of security’ we agree to obligatory electronic passports, dactyloscopy [fingerprint identification] for everyone, and photo cameras occurring everywhere?” These remarks come as Russia attracts global attention for its law banning homosexual propaganda directed at minors, and continues each year to pay fines to the European Court of Human Rights for prohibiting gay pride parades in Moscow. In June 2012, Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades. 

Source : Washingtontimes

Mike Kaldas

all of you know more than me, I am a worse sinner than the whole world


Whatever further response is or is not posted by the person who implied Vladimir Pution was not a Christian I suggest that you Daniel make no further defense or explanation at all. I am glad you defended Vladimir Putin when his Christianity was brought into question but be careful in case anyone thinks you are now defending your pown posting. (I do not think this but am aware such things can be misunderstood and even misrepresented online). As for not dreaming Putin is a Christian because of his record... well who on earth would believe that either you or I am Christians with your record or my record of sins?!

P.S. The other commentators, well this one at least, did read the words about never dreaming Putin would be a Christian due to his human rights record... but then I wonder if my record were held up to scrutiny or if Daniel's were so examined or even anyone else posting here were examined and scrutinized... well would any of us be dreamed of being Christians. I know I would not.