Posted by: becketfund | November 17, 2006

Russia: Amendment for Compulsory Religious Education Introduced in Duma

Kommersant reports that on November 16, the Rodina (“Motherland”) party submitted a proposed amendment to Russia’s Freedom of Conscience Act at the State Duma, asking for compulsory religious education in schools.  Though the amendment does not mention a particular religion, it aims to make the study of Orthodox culture a required school subject.  Already, the class is taught in varying forms in nearly half of Russia.  Alexander Krutov, the deputy of Rodina, emphasized the importance of the class in light of what he described as a need to “be aware of spiritual values on which the state had been established”.

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