Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Religion: To Fight “Extremism,” Russia Bans Jehovah's Witnesses

Written by    Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Under the guise of battling “extremism,” Russian authorities decided last month to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses religious organization. The decision to prohibit the organization, seize its property, and shut down its operations came in the form of a Supreme Court ruling upholding a request from the Russian Ministry of Justice. The estimated 170,000 Russian adherents are forbidden from meeting or worshiping, and could risk jail for doing so. Some of the group's literature and publications were already banned in Russia as “extremist,” and now, all of it is. The move follows similar attacks on religious freedom by Russian authorities aimed at evangelical Christians and other Christian denominations..........

the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Many conservatives and Christians in the United States have even cited that fact as supposed evidence of Putin's Christianity and support for traditional values. However, as The New American's Senior Editor William F. Jasper explained in a cover story for this magazine, there is much more to the story than meets the eye. The first thing that must be understood, he explained, is that Putin is a creature of the Soviet KGB, “a truly diabolical organization nonpareil, which stood for murder, terror, and grand deception.”

And that extends all the way to the ROC's present-day leadership. In 2009, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyaev, known today as Metropolitan Kirill, was chosen to serve as the “Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia,” the highest position of authority in the Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Kirill took over after the death of Patriarch Alexy II, who led the ROC from 1990 and, prior to his post at the head of the ROC, was a longtime KGB agent code-named Drozdov, or “Blackbird.” In other words, Jasper explained, he was a “traitor to his Christian brethren and the God he claimed to serve.” But he was not alone.

Indeed, all three of the candidates to replace Alexy II were also reliably identified as agents of the KGB/FSB, including Metropolitan Kirill who ultimately got the job.......To Read More..... 

My Take - So then has Russia banned Islam? Just a thought since according to the article it appears they're going after any Christian religion that's not approved of by the Russia government and the Russian Orthodox Church.

              

     




 

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