Russian Orthodox Church speaker – head of the Synodal Department for the Church’s Relations with Society and Mass Media (SINFO) Vladimir Legoida (pictured above) offers Faith to be listed in Russian ‘traditional values’ which are currently been discussed among Government and civic bodies
He quoted by TASS as saying while presenting the position of the Russian Orthodox Church during a discussion in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on the draft Principles of state policy for the preservation and strengthening of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values.
“We assume that it is very important to include a mention of Faith in God or religious faith in the list of traditional values, and also take into account the fact that religious associations are an organic part of civil society that should participate in state-supported programs and projects aimed at preserving and affirming traditional values”, Legoida said.
According to him, it does not follow from the document in its current version that religious associations are directly related to the issues of traditional values of Russian society.
“In the dialogue, we were told that this is self-evident and implied. But it seems to me that we live in an era when implied things cause items. Therefore, after all, it seems to us that what is implicitly laid down should be explicated in the final version of the document”, he insisted.
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church drew attention to the fact that religious beliefs formed the national identity, traditions and values of the peoples of Russia.
“Without stating this fact, the conversation about the preservation of traditional values practically loses its meaning. The very idea of traditional values is directly related to religious traditions, it simply has nowhere else to come from. As a cultural scientist, this thesis is absolutely obvious to me,” he added.
About the draft Principles of state Policy on the preservation of traditional values
Earlier, a version of the new Principles of state Policy for the Preservation and Strengthening of Traditional Russian Spiritual and Moral Values, developed by the D.S.Likhachev Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, was published for public discussion. The Heritage Institute stressed that the version of the document is not final and will still be discussed at the sites of the upper and lower houses of Parliament, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and other instances.
In the current iteration posted on the federal portal of draft normative legal acts refers to the traditional values of “life, dignity, human rights and freedoms, patriotism, citizenship, service to the Fatherland and responsibility for its fate, high moral ideals, strong family, creative work, priority of the spiritual over the material, humanism, mercy, justice, collectivism, mutual assistance and mutual respect, historical memory and continuity of generations, unity of the peoples of Russia“.
The threat to traditional values, according to the authors of the draft, “is carried out by the activities of extremist and terrorist organizations, the actions of the United States and its allies, transnational corporations, foreign non-profit organizations“.