Russian Victory Over Ukraine Would Erode Religious Freedom
We must always pray for the peaceful spread of the gospel, and it seems this article gives us yet another reason to pray for Ukraine.
From Fox News. A human rights expert has warned that a Russian victory in Ukraine would prove a “catastrophe” for religious freedom, considering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s record and the record of the pro-Putin breakaway regions in Ukraine.
“If Ukraine falls, it will be a complete religious freedom catastrophe for countless faith communities,” Tina Ramirez, president and executive director of the Richmond, Virginia, based human rights nonprofit Hardwired Global, told Fox News Digital. “For evidence, we need look no further than what is already the case in Russia itself and in the Russia-controlled Ukraine regions Luhansk and Donetsk.”
“Media sources, religious freedom activists, the OCU, Muslims, Protestant churches, and Jehovah’s Witnesses stated that Russia-backed authorities in the Russia-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (regions) continued to exert pressure on minority religious groups,” according to a 2020 State Department report on religious freedom in Ukraine….
According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, most religious groups recognized under Ukrainian law continued to be unable to reregister due to stringent legal requirements under Russian law. All but one mosque remained closed in Donetsk and Russia-led forces have used the religious buildings of minority religious groups as military facilities….
Ramirez noted that “many religious communities, such as Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Pentecostals, and Muslims, have been subjected to violence, arrested, and had their congregations raided. If Russia takes Ukraine, we can fully expect this evil to continue and spread….”
How are you praying for the persecuted Christians in Ukraine?
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