Religion and Politics

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The Complexity and Duplicity of Deciphering the New Ukrainian Law on Religion
Religion and Politics

The Complexity and Duplicity of Deciphering the New Ukrainian Law on Religion

The problem of conversions between religious communities has existed in Ukraine  since the late 1980s and early 1990s,  when the country was struggling for independence and its religious map was being formed. The rise from the underground of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) raised questions about the restitution of property lost as a result of…

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On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?
Religion and Politics

On Religious Freedom, Is Russia the Next Saudi Arabia?

As Donald Trump’s newly-minted administration struggles to adhere to a concise foreign policy, an independent commission has thrown yet another cog in its long-lost dream of a productive relationship with the “very smart” Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a recently released annual report issued by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)—an independent…

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For God’s Sake, Hands Off!
Religion and Politics

For God’s Sake, Hands Off!

In fourth-century Constantinople, an archbishop named Gregory contemplated why God was so silent before the immorality and corruption in politics. Why, he wondered, did God resemble a sleeping lion? But of course a sleeping lion can be awakened and antagonized. We have waited and watched as presidential executive orders and congressional actions, such as those…

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ROCOR Commentary on the February Revolution: Blame the West and Link Putin to the Tsars
Religion and Politics

ROCOR Commentary on the February Revolution: Blame the West and Link Putin to the Tsars

It is sad, if understandable, that the Russian state and society remained almost mute on the anniversary of the February/March 1917 Revolution. There is no consensus on those events. It should therefore be welcome that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which has existed independently outside the Soviet state, professed anti-communism, glorified the New…

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The Russian Church: Profiting by Silence
Religion and Politics

The Russian Church: Profiting by Silence

Last Sunday Russia saw a wave of protests against corruption in the upper echelons of power. Masses took to the streets ignited by the investigation of the Anti-Corruption Foundation titled “He is Not Dimon for You,” which focused on the alleged corrupt affairs of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The outcome of these events surprised…

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A Time for U.S.-Russian Repentance?
Religion and Politics

A Time for U.S.-Russian Repentance?

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Orthodox churches throughout Russia on Sunday, February 26th. In the church that I attended, the priest spoke of a God who invites humans to confess their sins and make a new start. As dozens of flickering candles cast gentle shadows into the darkened room, he bowed his head…

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