Magazine article The Christian Century

Russian Church Wants Faith Taught in School. (News)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Russian Church Wants Faith Taught in School. (News)

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In a flex of the Russian Orthodox Church's muscle on a highly politicized issue, nearly 1,000 believers took part in a prayer rally in Moscow recently to demand that the Russian government introduce Orthodox Christian education into schools nationwide.

The demonstrators, many of them carrying icons under a heavy snowfall, listened to speeches December 15 from Russian lawmakers and Orthodox Christian leaders who called for increased recognition of the 1,000-year-old church's contribution to the country. "Yes, all denominations are equal before the law, but not all denominations are equal in terms of Russia's history," said Kirill Frolov of the Union of Orthodox Citizens at the rally opposite the Ministry of Education building. The country's politically dominant Russian' Orthodox Church won a victory in the fall when Education Minister Vladimir Filippov came out in favor of teaching "Foundations of Orthodox Culture" throughout Russia. About 60 percent of the population are at least nominal members of the church. …

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