Two Women Wearing Burqas
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has proposed what many consider to be at least one anti-Islamic item while increasingly pushing part of the agenda of the Russian Orthodox Church:
24 October 2012
Last Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly spoke out in favor of a ban on headscarves in Russian schools. To this end he intends to introduce legislation laying down guidelines for school uniforms.
Putin’s announcement came after a months-long official campaign promoting nationalism and orthodox Christianity aimed at diverting attention away from the increasing social tensions in the country. About 20 million of the 143 million people living in Russia are Muslims. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/oct2012/head-o24.shtml
23 October 2012…
“Putin has tapped the aspects of conservatism that seem to be prevalent in society – a certain kind of nationalism, militarism and xenophobia, a kind of macho culture.”
Mr Putin has championed this agenda since coming to office again, with speeches about Orthodox values as the bedrock of a society. He also supported the prison terms handed down to Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock group jailed for “religiously motivated hatred” after performing a protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Mr Putin’s United Russia party is pushing legislation through parliament that would prohibit blasphemy. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/487f0600-1cf5-11e2-a17f-00144feabdc0.html
Of course, it is not just the Russian President that has taken steps to ban parts of Muslim influence including female garb. Several European countries have taken steps to reduce Islamic influence; see for example, France Begins Burqa Ban, Burqa Banning in Belgium, Italy, France, and Australia, Anti-Islamic PVV Gaining in the Netherlands, Netherlands: Wilders Not Guilty of Islamic Defamation, Germany’s Merkel: Multiculturalism a Total Failure, and Switzerland Votes to Ban Minarets. Probably because of European steps, Vladimir Putin feels that his proposals will not cause much in the way of international outrage.
The divide between Islam and the nominally-Christian Europe and Russia is going to become more and more real. Though there will be apparent cooperation between Islam and Europe (cf. Psalm 83; Daniel 11:27) and possibly Europe and Russia, they will turn on each other. First with a Muslim force in a failed attempt against Europe (Daniel 11:40-43) and later an apparently Russian-led Asia force will be more successful against Europe (Daniel 11:44, etc.).
But soon thereafter, Jesus will return and these types of problems will be over.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Some Similarities and Differences Between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Genuine Church of God Both groups claim to be the original church, but both groups have differing ways to claim it. Both groups have some amazing similarities and some major differences. Do you know what they are?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What role might non-Arab Iran play?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? What is ahead for Europe?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about?