Friday, September 01, 2006

Orthodoxy Taught In Schools

Russian Orthodox Christianity is made a compulsory school subject in 4 of Russia's regions

What better way to begin a new academic year in Russia than to have the basics of Orthodox culture made mandatory for schools in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga and Smolensk regions and optional for a further 11 regions.

Western Europe could learn a lot from this move - along with the influx of Mohammedan immigrants as well as many secular values taking over many aspects of life, she is fast losing her status as the most cultured region on earth. As Patriarch Aleksey said, "If people practicing other religions live in our country, they should study their culture, of course, but they should also know the culture of the country they live in".

All cultured people should know their nation's history and basics of its culture.

"...all young people studying at school should know the histoy of their culture," Patriarch Aleksey II of Moscow and all Russia told journalists at the State History Museum.

Education Minister Andrei Fursenko voiced support, saying "schoolchildren must know the history of religion and religious culture".

Unsurprisingly, secular advocates (many of whom are probably bitter that state atheism has lost its hold on Holy Russia) have protested the introduction of such a course in schools.

[links via The Western Confucian]


At 2:09 PM, Blogger Willowspillow said...

Hello Constantine,

Why do you use the adjective "Mohammedan" instead of "Muslim"? This usage is actually seen as offensive by Muslims, who describe themselves as "Muslim".

At 9:37 PM, Blogger Sprezzatura said...

Because 'Mahometan' is a good old-fashioned English word. Their religion was founded by Mahomet, ergo they are Mahometans. Many of us don't use 'Muslim' because the word means 'one who submits to God' and we don't agree that they submit to God, but rather a false god.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger hilary said...

I would be happier if it were not for the fact that the Russian Orthodox are among the world's leading anti-Catholics and anti-semites.

I suppose it's better than making Islamofascism compulsory.


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