Russian Orthodox Church wants to criminalise “destructive ideology”


Eastern Europe


The Russian Orthodox Church thinks that "destructive ideology" should be included in the Russian Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses.

That is what the Patriarchal Commission on Family Affairs, Protection of Motherhood and Childhood called for, Ria Novosti writes. The Church proposes to make the dissemination of "destructive ideologies" punishable. Inga Yumasheva, a commission member, says that these ideologies are increasingly threatening the demographic situation in the country. Even though she does not mention it explicitly, she likely refers to the LGBT theory. According to Yumasheva, the "destructive ideologies" are not countered in the law yet.

Last month, the Russian parliament passed a law prohibiting the dissemination of information about homosexuality and bisexuality. Earlier, it was forbidden to do so in the presence of minors, but now, the law has been extended to all ages.


In addition, the Russian Orthodox Church spoke about a draft on domestic violence, which is currently in the making. In its current form, it cannot be adopted, bishop Feokist of Perslavl and Uglich said, as reported by Ria Novosti. According to the Orthodox Church, the matter is urgent to minimise the damage to victims. Yet, it wants the draft law to specify more precisely what violence constitutes. "The family is described by law as a deliberately gloomy and dangerous place. It also implies that any family should be kept under the close supervision of several government agencies, no matter what happens", the bishop said.



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