Law protecting the religious feelings of believers must be passed, says Nikolai Valuev

Moscow, May 16, 2013

Nikolai Valuev, a deputy in the Russian State Duma, has declared that the bill to protect the religious feelings of believers must be passed, not only because it fixes legal liability for the violation of citizens' rights, but also because it reinforces values in society which are of equal importance to both believers and non-believers.

"I believe that a law like this should have been passed in Russia a long time ago. Our understanding of the human being and his place in the world is being shaken. The institutions of both family and religion are being destroyed. The media are actively foisting on us the ideas of consumerism and utter nihilism.

Everything and everyone is being renounced everywhere—including respect for the individual, for the family and for God. This is turning society into a disorganized rabble," said Nikolai Valuev in his interview with the Journal Foma, in reply to a question on the present need for the law against the violation of believers' feelings.

According to the deputy, for too long Russia has busied itself with absolutely anything except education, and the young, especially those born in the 1990s, have suffered most from this.

"If the words ‘patriotism’, ‘faith and "family’ once had a clear meaning, now they have simply been devalued. And in this sense the government must protect traditional values in society," stressed N. Valuev.

"Today the only clear idea that people have is what they find in faith. That's why the law against the violation of believers' feelings is important, not only because it fixes legal responsibility, but also because it is an attempt by the government to emphasize that there must be—and there are—unshakeable values in society, including faith in God. Therefore, it is important for the government to deal with this and it calls on everyone to do the same," concluded Nikolai Valuev.

16 мая 2013 г.

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