Imagine that a bakery and a cheburechny stand across the street from each other. The owners of the institutions are direct competitors. But the court ruled that all bakery products are now illegal. Any use of flour is extremism. Masked riot police come to the bakery with guns and dogs, the establishment is closed, the owner is thrown into prison. Question: how should the owner of a cheburechny feel? Rejoice at the closure of the competitor or worry about the fact that tomorrow they will close it too?
Since 2010, one after another, the religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses have been closed in Russia because of the “propaganda of the superiority” of their religion over others. Now we have extremism, my friends. You can not consider your religion – for example, Orthodoxy or Islam – more true than, say, paganism. Hundreds of criminal cases across the country, the number of searches exceeded five hundred, dozens of people were thrown in jail, more than 20 convictions, including with real sentences.
“As a rule, the ban is based on the fact that their literature affirms the superiority of one religion over others,” the Memorial human rights movement website says, and then an important thought is explained: “But in general this property of any religion to consider its teaching to be true. Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Muslims have the same statement. And there are no calls for terrorism or anything like that, because Jehovah's Witnesses are a completely peaceful teaching. ”
Those wishing to better understand why SI is forbidden and for what, I refer to an excellent analysis of the SOVA center.
In this regard, I can not understand at all: why does the Russian Orthodox Church MP feel so comfortable and careless, sincerely rejoicing at the closure of the "competitor"? “No one, on the basis of dogma, will put a person in jail. It’s always about extremism, ”Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) comments on the situation around the SI.
But after all, the same “extremism” can be incriminated by the ROC MP itself, which officially teaches the superiority of its religion over others. This superiority is studied in Orthodox educational institutions, exams are passed on it. This is what the “Orthodox Anti-Sectarian Catechism” (M., 1998) says: “Of all these many religions, or faiths, only one is true Orthodox faith, and the rest are all false. They are invented by the devil and human pride … Why are sectarians imitators of the devil? Because sectarianism itself people have learned through devilish seduction. "
And here is what Hilarion himself said only in 2010: “Remember that today there are many false teachers who teach the wrong things about God, about the Church. If among your friends there are those who have evaded and gone astray, then help them. The Lord brought you to the Church not only so that you enjoy the knowledge of the truth, but also so that you bring other people along with you – people like you, who had previously deviated from certain false teachings, schisms, or sects. God grant you as soon as possible … to expel from your hearts that which was false that the false teachers could teach you. ”
Isn't Hilarion afraid to talk about extremism now? After all, if you put the bottom quote in a criminal case, then the top quote looks like a guilty plea and self-reproach. Is it not even correct, from the point of view of simple self-preservation, to testify that propaganda of the superiority of one's faith is not extremism and, therefore, no group can be prosecuted for this?
Many denominations in Russia have already expressed concern about the situation: Protestants, Catholics … They understand that tomorrow they can come for them, because completely typical, fundamental postulates of the Christian faith are declared extremism. This is pure persecution of faith – not the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses, but the faith of Christians who open the New Testament and read: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." And only one denomination seems to know for sure that she "will not be anything."
Just like in the Bible: "I am sitting as a queen, I am not a widow and I will not see sorrows."