OP: you need to adopt a new law on freedom of conscience and religious associations

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotobanka meeting with members of the Public chamber. Archival photoOP: you need to adopt a new law on freedom of conscience and religious associations© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

The head of the Commission of Public chamber of the Russian Federation on harmonization of interethnic and interfaith relations, Iosif Diskin on Thursday proposed to adopt a new Federal law «On freedom of conscience and religious organizations» instead of the current since 1997.

«We need a new edition of the Federal law «On freedom of conscience and religious organizations», emanating from 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 accepted international obligations,» said Diskin at the round table in the Public chamber of the Russian Federation «the Secular state and the spiritual and moral development.»

The proposal immediately sparked heated debate and criticism from representatives of religious organizations of the Russian Federation.

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