Atheists hassled increased spirituality

The intervention of church officials in the secular life of the citizens of Russia is becoming the norm, and the country's opposition to clericalism now criminalized — using the popular 282-th article of the Criminal Code.

The official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) Vsevolod Chaplin almost daily media commentary happy for purely secular reasons. His last statement for classical literature.

In an interview with "Russian news service" Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said that the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is worth serious consideration for the presence of promoting pedophilia. In this case, Chaplin said: "If illegal propaganda of extremism, if illegal propaganda of some sort of Nazi ideologies of hate, why legally promoted criminal practice contacts of adults with children and adolescents."

This is not the first application of this kind of church officials. Earlier Chaplin demanded Russians learn from Caucasian women modest manner of dress. The response to this was sharply criticized by many Russians, one of whom was punished for this criticism in criminal proceedings: the publisher of the newspaper "Fairy region" Boris The specimens had been found guilty of inciting hatred or enmity (part 1. 282 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced to pay a fine of 110 thousand rubles Leningrad District Court of Kaliningrad. Moreover, the prosecutor in the process demanded of imprisonment for a person who only gave his opinion that religious leaders should not be included for all Russian citizens, how to dress.

Sociologist Alexander Melikhov commented on the increased activity of media-ROC: "Paedophilia — is a serious problem and it is clear that the public representatives of public organizations use its presence to his speculations. Generally in the world there is no moral problem, which would not be used in their policy objectives — and the church is no exception. "

Stressing that pedophilia — is an absolute evil, the sociologist, however, surprised interpretations Vsevolod Chaplin. "Do not be a literary critic to understand that in" Lolita, "Nabokov does not promote pedophilia, but rather skillfully shows the tragedy of his characters. At the end of the novel Humbert dies of a heart attack while in prison; Lolita dies in childbirth dead girl. Yes, and the whole novel is permeated with painful feelings and fears Humbert, who buys love nymphet price of constant humiliation and fear of exposure. A normal person after reading this novel remains a heavy heart, and Chaplin said that it is the propaganda of pedophilia. This is very strange, "- said the scientist.

Runet users expressed more directly, recalling a famous anecdote about a lustful patient who at the doctor to see the pictures of all the proposed sex scenes and requires the doctor to stop the promotion of obscenity.

However, many Russians go further ridicule and ask a direct question, which today, recalling the sentence Boris Obraztsova, becomes dangerous to set free or purse: and why should the church imposes its ideology in the guise of human morality? Why between religious fanaticism and public morals equated?

"You can not replace moral piety. You can not derive moral guidance from imaginary deities and religious tales. Landmarks, built on lies, zavedut into the abyss. If we want to live in our society has become better and safer for our country no longer lag behind in development, the need to distribute in any case is not a religion, and education and values of secular humanism. But today, the movement seems to be going in the opposite direction, "- says Dr. Novikov, one of thousands of Russians involved today in the debate on church censorship in Russia.

It is noteworthy that social scientists deny distribute religious ministers of the view that the law-abiding citizens are more faithful or more moral than atheists. A famous American slogan, "The family that prays together, stays together," was humiliated — in religious families the U.S. divorce rate is much higher than that of atheists and agnostics. In Russian prisons, according to the Federal Penitentiary in 2007, to the believers identify themselves as 84.4% of respondents, while 76% consider themselves Orthodox. In U.S. prisons, almost 90% of the prisoners confess one of the Abrahamic religions and their offshoots, but the atheists there only 0.209%. Of these studies was born anecdote that vividly reflects the attitude of scientists towards religion: "When I was young, I prayed for a bicycle … Then I realized that God works differently: I stole a bike and prayed for forgiveness."

Despite the objections of many Russians and direct indication of the Constitution of the secular character of the country, religious organizations in Russia have a special status and budget support. However, they are exempt from taxes and fundamentally do not disclose their financial performance, although the same ROC is Russia's largest owner and trader. It is not surprising that with such powerful support, religious functionaries began their expansion into all areas of social life of the country. Examples of secular local officials to carry out direct orders of religious officials in Russia completely — in the Belgorod region, or in Chechnya, this has long been the norm.

Unwillingness of the legislative and judicial powers to oppose clericalism country and, indeed, the prosecution of citizens for criticizing religion and promote atheism leave Russia a chance to return to the freedom of speech. According to the law enforcement of Article 282 of the Criminal Code, in 10-15 years, no public debate on the subject, even among experts is possible. As for ordinary people, their life in such a case would be governed as it is done in Iran or North Korea. Perhaps it is even common people like — man beast, used to everything.

Eugene Zubarev,


Constitution of the Russian Federation (RF)

Article 14. Russia — a secular state.

1. Russia — a secular state. No religion may be established as a state or obligatory.

2. Religious associations are separated from the state and equal before the law.

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