Originally posted by mchill
Duchess - Putin's actions have little or nothing to do with the Russian Orthodox Church.
Putin is greedy, power hungry thug and a murderer, cloaking himself in a robe in Christian purity.
You're beginning to sound like Donald Trump.
The ethnocentric American troll Mchill spews nonsense, showing his gaping ignorance of Russia.
(I know Russian and can get information directly from Russian sources.)
"Church, state seeing eye to eye in Putin’s Orthodox Russia"
"The Orthodox Church in Russia is expanding its influence in the country and President Vladimir Putin
does not hesitate to reap the benefits. As the religious right closes art exhibitions and
opposes gay rights, the Kremlin uses Christian roots to legitimize the annexation of Crimea."
"The Russian Orthodox Church is expanding its influence in what was once an officially
godless state - and President Vladimir Putin appears eager to harness that resurgent
power of faith to promote his own agenda.
Long consigned to society’s margins in the Soviet era of “scientific atheism,” religious
activists in today’s Russia can get theater performances banned and exhibitions closed.
Their next target is to end state funding for abortion in a land where nearly half of all pregnancies end in termination."
"The moral authority of the Orthodox Church has grown steadily under Putin, who sides
with the church in promoting traditional family values and opposing gay rights ...
Analysts say Putin sees an alliance with church interests as a way to bolster nationalism
with belief. They say the approach seeks simultaneously to fill the ideological void left by
the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and to block any inroads by Western liberalism."
"Putin this summer put a more openly Christian veneer on his government by promoting
two figures who wear religion on their sleeve."
"In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower"
"Mr. Putin has also mobilized faith to expand the country’s reach and influence.
A fervent foe of homosexuality and any attempt to put individual rights above those of
family, community or nation, the Russian Orthodox Church helps project Russia as the
natural ally of all those who pine for a more secure, illiberal world free from the
tradition-crushing rush of globalization, multiculturalism and women’s and gay rights."
"Thanks to a close alliance between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin,
religion has proved a particularly powerful tool in former Soviet lands like Moldova,
where senior priests loyal to the Moscow church hierarchy have campaigned tirelessly
to block their country’s integration with the West."
"How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right
While the U.S. passed gay-rights laws, Moscow moved hard the other way."
"[Patrick] Buchanan blushed with praise for Putin’s policies, writing, “In the culture war for
the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity."
"After all, it’s not as if it’s difficult to unearth the [Christian] fundamentalists fawning over
Putin’s putative turn toward God. For instance, according to Bryan Fischer, who until 2015
was a spokesman for the American Family Association, Putin is the “lion of Christianity.”
Evangelical Franklin Graham has likewise lauded Putin as someone “protecting
traditional Christianity,” while Buchanan only continues praising Putin."
"For the time being, though, there’s a clear head of the global Christian right.
As the WCF’s Jacobs said following the 2014 enclave in Moscow, “I think Russia
is the hope for the world right now."
"Vladimir Putin praises Orthodox Church for boosting patriotism."
"Mr Putin has revived the role of the Church in Russian society, disquieting some
who fear its conservative influence on government.
In a message congratulating believers, the president said the Church played an “enormous formative
role in preserving our rich cultural and historical heritage and in reviving eternal moral values”.
It also worked “tirelessly to bring unity, to strengthen family ties and to educate the younger
generation in the spirit of patriotism”, he added."
"[Russian Orthodox] Patriarch Kirill said the same year that Mr Putin’s era of leadership
since 2000 was a “miracle of God”. "
In reality, there's a very close alliance between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church,
which strongly supports him. The Russian Orthodox Patriarch has lauded Putin's leadership
as a 'miracle of God'. In addition, Putin has become acclaimed as a spiritual leader
and hero even by many right-wing Christian fundamentalists in the West.