In the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ummah did not support the call to revise the law on freedom of conscience

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva in fotobounce at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Spasskaya tower of the Kazan Kremlin (center) and the Kul Sharif mosque from the helipad of the hotel Grand Hotel KazanIn the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ummah did not support the call to revise the law on freedom of conscience© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Bogodeeva the image Bank

The need to adopt a new law on freedom of conscience and religious associations in Russia, the current law if necessary, amendments are made and it is open to additions. This opinion was expressed on Thursday in the debate in the Public chamber of the Russian Federation representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Muslim community.

Speaking at a round table in the OP of the Russian Federation «the Secular state and the spiritual and moral development», head of the Commission for harmonization of interethnic and interfaith relations, Iosif Diskin proposed to adopt a new version of the Federal law «On freedom of conscience and religious organizations», in force since 1997. In his opinion, this has to be done on the basis of «a clear understanding of the new challenges of social development, the role of religious communities and organizations in the spiritual and moral development, protection of the rights and freedoms of the individual, the adopted international obligations.»

«As an official representative of the Russian Church, I can say that at the current stage I do not think the number one priority the issue of revision in the near future the law on freedom of conscience. Let’s not forget that the law has introduced additions and amendments. Accordingly, the way of amendments there he opened, it has not been canceled, it exists,» — said in response to the offer Diskin, the Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

According to him, the adoption of a fundamentally new law is a «debatable issue». «If there is a claim — let’s see, they may be removed through amendments. Why, then, immediately to talk about the necessity of writing a new law?» — said Legoyda.

In turn, those present at the meeting, the Chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Russian Muslims mufti of Moscow Albir Krganov also told RIA Novosti that the current law «is good, it has been a few changes, and it is open to them.» According to Krganov, if there are «some concerns» associated «with the letter of the law», that «this issue can be solved, and the legislator in the face of the profile Committee of the state Duma with the understanding attitude».

«We have to understand that the current model of the Russian law is very correct. And here we should not, in any case, accept the explanation of «secularism», «clericalism» and other such terms that are accepted in Europe because they have a different society, different mentality, a different history and understanding. In Russia, secularism does not imply the atheistic fight against religion. Yes, we have a secular part of society, there is the religious part, and here our society not to artificially split,» — said the mufti.

«I think these laws touch it large complaints about it not» — he added.

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