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  •  Well that was Georgia, may be even more religious (4+ / 0-)
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    than Russia. I am no expert on this part of the world, but that peaceful anti-homophobia gathering of a small number of people being attacked by a huge mob, led by priests like that is truly scary.

    Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

    by kimoconnor on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:42:17 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, Georgia is far more Orthodox, in part (4+ / 0-)

      because religion is one of the distinguishing factors used by ethnic groups in the Caucasus to draw dividing lines, so there's a much stronger link between religion and national self-identity than in Russia.

      I'm overstating a bit, but if you look at some of the conflicts and dividing lines, religious identification plays a major role in some of this border-drawing in a way that doesn't happen in Russia.

      Priests have led some of the physical violence in Russia, too - especially during the attempts at Moscow Pride parades.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 10:47:20 AM PDT

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