There’s a new political party in Russia and it may sound familiar to you: The Ten Commandments Party. And it has members of all three Abrahamic religions coming together to call for laws to force moral purity on the people of that country. Interfax reports:
The inaugural congress of the Russian Ten Commandments Party took place in Moscow.
The total of 134 delegates from 45 Russian subjects, including Christians of different confessions, Muslims, and Jews, participated in the inaugural congress on February 17. The political council, the decision making body of the party, was headed by Sergey Mezentsev, Ph.D.
“I hope that your activity will help to restore moral values, God’s Ten Commandments in the everyday political life, in the life of our society. I hope that you will stay faithful to these God’s Commandments, that you’ll be able to unite a considerable number of people,” chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at the congress…“We need a real moral revolution, or counterrevolution. The moral values should return to political, economic life, to interpersonal relations,” the priest said.
Head of the Russian Muslim Department for Working with Public Organizations Ahmad Makarov said that morals were being degraded, and the Pussy Riot performance in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, which insulted not only Orthodox believers, but “all of us”, proves it.
“Unfortunately, a lot of our citizens consider civil state to be a display of militant secularism, which is unavoidably related to the destruction of the traditional cultures of our country’s people. No religion will be able to respond adequately to all these challenges on its own,” Makarov said.
Yeah, so let’s form one big party and bring all three brands of religious authoritarianism together. This rhetoric about moral values should sound familiar to you. In this country, the Ten Commandments Party is called the Republican Party — not because they actually follow them, of course, but only because they are willing to exploit them for political gain.