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Some LGBT residents critical of Utah’s new anti-discrimination law

Some LGBT residents critical of Utah’s new anti-discrimination law | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it
A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT people and religious rights took effect Tuesday amid skepticism from some LGBT residents over whether it lives up to its promises.

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Associated Press: May 13, 2015 - Some LGBT's in Utah leery of new Mormon-backed anti-discrimination law

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Don’t underestimate importance of religion for understanding Russia’s actions in Crimea

Don’t underestimate importance of religion for understanding Russia’s actions in Crimea | Gender, Religion, & Politics | Scoop.it

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By Mara Kozelsky

 

As analysts debate Russia’s interests in Crimea, they must not underestimate the role of religion.  Orthodox Christian nationalism has been on the rise in Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The close relationship between Russian church and state is everywhere evident, from the persistent refusal to allow the pope onto Russian soil, the ejection of the Salvation Army from Moscow in 2001 and the subsequent restrictions placed on Protestant missions. Patriarch Kirill has inserted himself more visibly in Russian politics than his predecessor, Patriarch Aleksei. The prosecution of Pussy Riot for performing in an Orthodox church as well as dismaying anti-homosexual legislation reflects a new stage in the evolution of Russia’s deeply conservative Orthodox identity.  As the so-called “Cradle of Russian Christianity,” Crimea fits into this trajectory too.


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