Russia checks religious texts for extremism
14:23, 15 October 2015

Russia checks religious texts for extremism

Bible, Quran, Tanakh, Kanjur most likely do not contain extremist materials, as suppose Russian authorities

14:23, 15 October 2015

No extremism – no holy war: Russian President Putin has submitted to the State Duma a bill banning recognition of scriptures as extremist materials, TASS. This is how real democracy works: the non-extremist nature of the Bible, the Kanjur (Buddhist canon) or the Tanakh (Buddhist scripture) must be proven by the state law.

In accordance with the law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations", those legal acts which embrace freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, must comply with this law, said in a memorandum.

One of the Russian MPs Irina Yarovaya stated that Putin’s initiative "confirmed Russia's commitment to traditional values, their preservation and protection, and aims to ensure equal respect for the traditional world religions, constituting an integral part of the historical heritage of the country".

Recalling, in August, a public outcry was caused by the suit of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk prosecutor that recognized a religious book "Prayer (du'aa) to God, its meaning and place in Islam" to be extremist.
In particular, some quotations from the Quran were identified as extremist. After that, the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov called the judge and the prosecutor "shaitans, devils and provocateurs", and appealed the court's decision.

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