In the Church call to strengthen the religious component of education for the prevention of terror

Moscow. April 10. INTERFAX – the Extension of teaching in Russian schools of bases of religious cultures will help in the fight against the ideology of terrorism, consider in the Russian Church.

“We must strengthen the religious component in school and University education. We are fighting for many years for something that would teach the basics of religious traditions, and we meet a lot of resistance,” – said the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on Saturday in the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia-24” (VGTRK).

He noted that religious leaders “after many years of struggle” has ensured that the course “Basics of religious cultures and secular ethics” is taught in the fourth grade schools for 36 hours.

“But you realize that in 36 hours it is impossible to learn even the basics of religious traditions, especially that it is a subject for cultural studies, especially that teach it are often not experts in this area, and the priests in a secular school is not allowed to teach the subject,” – said the Hierarch.

Speaking about the recent terrorist attack in the subway of St. Petersburg, he pointed out that extremist and terrorist ideas “are very often motivated by ignorance in religious matters” and that people “did not catch this criminal terrorist ideology, each person needs to be very clear about what kind of religion teaches”.

According to the representative of the Church, people who hide behind Islam and name of Allah, in committing their crimes, “are servants of Satan, not of Allah”, and I say this to all religious leaders and, therefore, must know this including those who fall under the influence of terrorist ideology.