Vital Rymasheuski: Metropolitan Pavel doesn't know Belarusian reality
14:48, — Society
The opinion of the new head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church that “Lukashenka lives according to Christian values” is a mistake.
Vital Rymasheuski, the co-chair of the organising committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party, spoke to charter97.org about the statement by the new head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, who said the Belarusian dictator lived according to Christian values.
“It's sad that Metropolitan Pavel said those words. I think he said so because he doesn't know the Belarusian reality and life. Neither Lukashenka nor the state under his rule live according to Christian values. They use the principles contrary to Christian ones. Let me give just one example. Among all post-Soviet countries, we have the worst legislation concerning abortions,” the politician said.
According to the BCD co-chair, “it almost hasn't changed since the Soviet Union. The 'house of representatives' refused to adopt the amendments to abortion laws that had been adopted in Russian and other countries long ago.”
“For example, the Belarusian authorities refused to set a 'silence hour' forbidding abortions on the day a women refers to a doctor to give her and her family time to think. I'd like to add that the state is based on violence and lawlessness that are not Christian values. I think the new metropolitan will have time to learn the real life in Belarus and change his mind,” Vital Rymasheuski said.
Metropolitan Pavel said yesterday during a ceremony to give awards For Spiritual Revival that the Belarusian ruler did the right thing “focusing on evangelical spiritual values” that led to the country's revival.
“You live and work in this way encouraging people,” he said responding to Lukashenka's words of appreciation.
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