Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Spread of neo-paganism brings racism and violence [Russia]
AsiaNews.it ^ | May 21, 2004 | Not listed

Posted on 05/22/2004 12:58:59 PM PDT by Salvation

21 May, 2004 RUSSIA: Spread of neo-paganism brings racism and violence

Livna (AsiaNews/ agencies)- “Neo-paganism” has gathered such a following in the former Soviet Union that organizations, seminars and books are sprouting up throughout the country, claiming adherents. According to Viktor Shnirelman, compiler of the book “Neo-paganism on the Expanses of Euroasia”, St. Petersburg has become the main center of Russian neo-paganism, though cults and organized ‘churches’ have spread throughout every part of the country.

On May 13th there was the arrests of three suspects in two incidents of arson against the church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God in the city of Orel, Western Russia. In February of this year in Orel, vandals at the Russian Orthodox church broke windows, destroyed bookstalls, and attempted to set the iconostasis, which was under restoration, on fire. They left a slogan on the walls saying, “The Jewish God will depart, praise to the gods” and a symbol resembling a nazi swastika. Later that month, in the same church, 250 boxes of devotional candles worth 30,000 rubles were set on fire in the building’s basement.

Not far away in the same province, a worker in the Sergius Church, in the city of Livna, discovered a note in the donation box containing a threat to set the church roof on fire. The incidents at the Orel church were mentioned in the note. An investigation led by the Directorate of Internal Affairs, which specializes in monitoring radical youth and occult activity, led to the arrest of 3 young people. A 23-year old unemployed graduate of the Orel Institute of Culture and Art admitted to the crimes, stating he had recently converted to paganism, and had been drunk during the incident. Another two suspects, both 19-year-old students of the same Institute, were also arrested.

“Traditional pagan beliefs have never been forgotten. Now they are being expressed more openly,” Shnirelman writes.

In Siberia’s Omsk province this month, a provincial court ordered the liquidation of three public pagan organizations. The Ancient Russian Church of Orthodox Old Believers of Inglia, the Asgard Slavic Community, and the Slavic Community of the Temple of the Wisdom of Perun were found to be in violation of federal legislation because of “ propaganda and display of the symbolism that is similar enough to Nazi symbolism as to cause confusion, propaganda of the supremacy of the white race and disparagement of national dignity.”

Russia was a pagan country until introduced to Christianity in 988AD. Now, Russian Orthodoxy is the country’s largest religion, though many of its members claim only nominal belief (J.C.)


TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; Charismatic Christian; Current Events; Eastern Religions; Ecumenism; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; History; Humor; Islam; Judaism; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian; Other Christian; Other non-Christian; Prayer; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Religion & Science; Skeptics/Seekers; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: asia; crime; cults; devilworship; idols; paganisn; russia; stpetersburg; ussr
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-50 next last
To: All
MOSCOW HAS MORE BILLIONAIRES THAN ANY CITY

"The Russian capital is home to 33 billionaires, more than any other city in the world, according to a new ranking by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. More than Riyadh, Tokyo or London. More than poor old New York, which is home to just 31 billionaires."

21 posted on 05/23/2004 12:05:34 AM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: All
Russia boosts energy production

"Russia's oil production rose last month by almost 10 percent compared with a year ago, the Russian Federal Statistics Service reported Friday."

Russia's five core sectors post growth of 7.9% in 4 mths

"Real disposable incomes increased 11.5% year-on-year. The real wage grew 15.1% and the nominal wage grew 27.3%."

Russian Oil Companies Make the Most of High Prices

"Russia is the only country which exports oil and increases its production along with increase in demand."

Anti-Semitism in Russia Lower Than in Many European Countries — Rabbi

"The level of anti-Semitism in Russia is lower than in France and many other European countries, Russia’s chief rabbi Berl Lazar was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying Wednesday."

Americans Working in Russia: Building Capitalism Or Escaping It

"Some of the charm Russia holds for expatriates is the comparatively low rent and high salaries."

" Speaking of taxes, remember that Ben Franklin quote about death and taxes? Well, the Russian employers will generally pay the Russian taxes for you, and you don’t owe the IRS a red cent if you made less than $80K while working abroad."

22 posted on 05/23/2004 12:24:33 AM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: All
Orthodox Church Prays for Car Insurance

"Public prayer was held in St. Petersburg on Thursday for motorists who had made the mandatory liability insurance payments on their cars.

The service in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral had been commissioned by Rosgosstrakh-Severo-Zapad, an insurance company. It included a memorial service for Russian Empress Catherine the Great, the founder of Russian insurance business, and a prayer for the health of all drivers and their relatives.

Marina Bogdanova, the insurance company’s press secretary, was quoted by the Izvestia newspaper as saying that this is a “joint long-term project.” “Such public prayers will be held regularly and not just in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral.” She added that each person who purchased an insurance policy would be included in a special list to be mentioned in a prayer if he or she wished.

Drivers now receive insurance policies together with a little self-adhesive icon of St.Nicholas, a candle and a booklet about the prayer mentions. The icon is easily glued to the dashboard.

The company declined to answer how much it had paid to the church for these prayers, the paper wrote. Reverend Aleksander Fedorov who had performed the service, did not comment either.(snip)

23 posted on 05/23/2004 12:51:28 AM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: All
Pro-Putin youth rally

"The Going Together youth movement held a rally on Sparrow Hills in Moscow on Friday to mark the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin and the organization’s fourth anniversary"

"He recalled that since the movement was established four years ago it has held numerous actions aimed at drawing attention to the situation in Chechnya and on the Russian book market, as well as in support of the Russian Orthodox Church."

"Some 15,000 people took part in the rally"


24 posted on 05/23/2004 12:57:59 AM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: MarMema
So, now outrage is called intolerance in the west? We, of course, couldn't dream of being outraged about anything in our society nowadays.We are too "civilized." Oh no, nothing outrages us unless it is from some other country -- and serves a good political purpose (like outrage over Taliban treatment of women but not of women in Saudi Arabia, or supporting a puppet government in Afghanistan at the price of tolerating the country's narcotic industry, etc.)

Better yet, we call tolerance what is really political correctness. The rights of those who are intolerant, indecent, disrespectful, even hateful of your culture, are promoted. The rights of those whose culture is being desecrated are ignored.

To put it plainly: the rights of the inconsiderate punks who blast their radios are respected, while their music is forcefully pumped into your ears, and through your walls. The fact that you would rather listen to something else or nothing else is irrelevant. In other words, in the "civilized" rights system, you have no right to be outraged over someone violating your ears. You are to submit, smile and tolerate your forced entertainment.

That logic explains a great deal of why we have problems in such quantities that we can export them to other places as something we euphamistically and proudly call "culture.".

25 posted on 05/23/2004 5:16:54 AM PDT by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: monkfan

**Maybe your time would be better spent praying for Boston instead.**

Wouldn't be a bad idea, either.


26 posted on 05/23/2004 5:36:55 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: MarMema

Is Newsweek believable?


27 posted on 05/23/2004 5:38:51 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: kosta50

Simple pistis is sufficient.


28 posted on 05/23/2004 5:41:21 AM PDT by Cvengr (;^))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Cvengr
Simple pistis is sufficient

Indeed. The West could profit from it.

29 posted on 05/23/2004 6:41:39 AM PDT by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Cvengr
As one of marMema's article says: Pistis in its simple Greek meaning: True Faith. Pure Christianity.
30 posted on 05/23/2004 6:50:27 AM PDT by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Salvation
Is Newsweek believable?

Which source is believable? Do you have a list of absolutely believeable news sources?

31 posted on 05/23/2004 6:52:49 AM PDT by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Salvation
Is Newsweek believable?

Even a stopped clock is correct twice a day.

32 posted on 05/23/2004 7:08:18 AM PDT by FormerLib (It's the 99% of Mohammedans that make the other 1% look bad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: MarMema

Man, did I just yank your chain or what? LOL.


33 posted on 05/23/2004 10:22:22 AM PDT by Conservative til I die
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: kosta50
This may be news to you: Russia has been converted to Christ 1,016 years ago and has practiced Orthodox Catholic Faith since then.

And was the first nation on earth to embrace Communist atheism; the anti-Christ state personified. Thanks, guys. Great examples of faith, there. But not to worry, the Roman Catholic west defeated it for you. Here, have your country back courtesy of our blood and efforts. Please do better this time.
34 posted on 05/23/2004 12:42:04 PM PDT by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: broadsword; kosta50; MarMema; Destro; FormerLib; RussianConservative
And was the first nation on earth to embrace Communist atheism

embrace? Is that the word? Like the way German Jews embraced Nazi fascism? Is that right?

But not to worry, the Roman Catholic west defeated it for you. Here, have your country back courtesy of our blood and efforts.

Ok, lecture us with a history lesson on how the Roman Catholic west defeated Communism in Russia. This I've got to hear. Please elaborate for us about the "blood and efforts" you mention. I heard it collapsed from internal problems, but obviously I was misinformed. By all means, set the record straight.

And don't let the sarcasm hit you on the way out, Holmes.

35 posted on 05/23/2004 3:37:40 PM PDT by monkfan (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Conservative til I die
Man, did I just yank your chain or what? LOL.

Oh no, I had a GREAT TIME reading about all the changes for the good in Russia. I thank you for sending me to find all those articles. It was uplifting beyond measure.

36 posted on 05/23/2004 3:52:36 PM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: broadsword
And was the first nation on earth to embrace Communist atheism

Kind of like your priesthood has embraced pedophilia.

37 posted on 05/23/2004 3:54:15 PM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: broadsword
But not to worry, the Roman Catholic west defeated it for you

Blasphemy.

38 posted on 05/23/2004 3:54:54 PM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: broadsword
Great examples of faith, there.

Yours are much more enduring today, of course.

39 posted on 05/23/2004 4:00:07 PM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Salvation

Is Asia news a reliable source?


40 posted on 05/23/2004 4:00:32 PM PDT by MarMema
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-50 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson