Posted by: becketfund | September 25, 2007

Russia: Schools in Western Region Enforce Orthodox-Only Religion Classes

Forum 18 reports that officials in the region of Belgorod, western Russia, have once again refused to accommodate the various faiths of the children in state schools, teaching a class on “Orthodox Culture” for the second year in a row. The class is compulsory for all students; those of different faiths who object may not be exempt from the class, and if they choose not to attend, receive a failing mark. The books for the course classify non-Orthodox religions as sects, and declare that only Orthodox Christians are true Christians.

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