It is time to start unraveling the confusion we find amongst us. Our change of direction was put in motion in 1990. The time has come to take a scrutinizing look at all external and internal influencing factors involved. Post and evoke discussion. Прийшов час почати розплутувати плутанину в які ми знаходимо серед нас. Наша зміна напрямку, зрушила з мертвої точки в 1990 році. Настав час взяти допитливий погляд на всі зовнішні і внутрішні фактори, що впливають на всіх. Викликайте дискусії.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Ukraine-Russia conflict doesn’t stop at the church door
Canada's religious freedom ambassador blasts Putin on eve of Ukraine
Andrew Bennett heads to Kyiv to meet religious
leaders, government officials
By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian PressPosted:
Oct 06, 2014 7:32 AM ETLast
Updated: Oct 06, 2014 7:55 AM ET
Andrew Bennett, Canada's
religious freedom ambassador, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is
orchestrating the persecution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Muslim
Tatars. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Canada's religious freedom ambassador
is bound for Ukraine
and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is orchestrating the persecution of
Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Muslim Tatars.
Bennett's one-week, fact-finding mission begins Monday in Kyiv, where he meets
religious leaders and government officials, among others.
also expected to announce a package of Canadian government assistance aimed at
promoting religious freedom, democratic development and inter-faith tolerance.
says the measures will be aimed at mitigating the negative effect of Putin,
whom he accused of systematically targeting Christian groups in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias are active,
as well as Muslim Tatars in Crimea, which Russia unilaterally annexed in
forces have kidnapped priests, detained nuns, firebombed churches and
intimidated worshippers, he says.
Russian forces are targeting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan
Patriarchate, which Bennett sees as part of a plan by Putin to prop up the
Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
definitely part of a calculated plan," Bennett said in an exclusive
interview with The Canadian Press.
a narrative drawn from the 19th century, not the Soviet period. This is a
narrative building upon Russian nationalism that is rooted in Orthodoxy.
we're seeing again the using of these older constructs within Russian political
society and Russian history to advance Russian aims."
said he's hearing reports that Russians want all religious communities in
Crimea to re-register as religious communities, as they do in Russia.
that would target Muslim Tartars in Crimea, Bennett said it could be used
against Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox groups, particularly the Kyivan
Patriarchate in eastern Ukraine.
has been used in the past as an administrative form of persecution."
Moscow Patriarchate views its Kyivan counterpart as a breakaway sect, said
it has happened through a lot of its history, the Russian Orthodox Church is
allowing itself to be co-opted and is being co-opted by the state, the
Russians, to advance Russia's
office has a modest annual budget of $4.25 million for projects that support
won't say how much of that budget he plans to earmark to Ukraine, when
he announces some specific projects in the coming days.
he wants to meet some of the people who will benefit from the Canadian support
before making his announcement.
projects will be aimed at "broadening religious dialogue between the
different religious communities in the country, working with youth to make the
links around religious freedom, democratic development, the role of religion
and religious communities within society."
'We all need to speak out'
been a historic lack of dialogue within Ukraine
communities, so Canada
wants to help address that, he said.
said he won't travel to Crimea or eastern Ukraine because it is too
Harper government has particularly vocal in its criticism of Putin as being
personally responsible for provoking unrest on Ukrainian soil.
also took Putin to task for positioning himself as a defender of religious
Middle East, Putin sees himself and Russia
as defenders of Orthodox Christians in Syria
and has spoken out loudly against their persecution, said Bennett.
all need to speak out," he said.
it's very disingenuous when he does it on one hand in the Middle East and
through his proxies they're persecuting their fellow Christians in Ukraine."
some 1.2 million Canadians of Ukraine descent living here, Ukraine is a
top foreign policy priority for the Harper government.
recently welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said
the two peoples are like "family" and that their bond transcends
simple foreign policy interests.