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Russian Church Leader Thinks Religion Needs to Tear People Away From the TV

Can you imagine, how much propaganda of criminal activity, unbridled human passions, what model of wild lifestyles, crashes down on our consumer of television?

According to an article on Ria Novosti, in answer to another religious leader’s expressed confusion that, despite the Russia’s overwhelming return to Christianity, people continue treating each other with a lack of love, Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Church, pointed out that most powerful social influence, by far, is mass media.

He said:

“I very rarely watch television. But when sometimes, during intervals between some of my work, a begin switching through channels – I get frightened.

On the first channel – crime, on the second – crime, on the third crime, on the fifth – crime.

Can you imagine, how much propaganda of criminal activity, unbridled human passions, what model of wild lifestyles, crashes down on our consumer of television.

And if you add to that the internet…."

Sure, he told the members of the Interfaith Council of the Russian Federation, more people go to church. But the people who work to produce evil still largely outnumber them. Daily flipping through newspapers or journals, people are getting a dose of evil.

In fact, with the "dangerous information background," it's a miracle that religion is able to make a comeback at all. 

If we compared the resources traditional religions have with the resources of the internet and television, I think a monument would have to be raised, that it in the conditions of today's freedom religious organizations develop and strengthen anyway.

All traditional religious leaders, said the Leader of the Russian Church need to “work together” to change this.

It's interesting that, despite the fact that there are morally sound, Christian channels on Russian tv (such as TsargradTV) and the fact that certain obscenities aired in other Western countries are prohibited on Russian tv, the Patriarch still believes Russia has a long way to go to return people to traditional values. 

Sure, it's a long process to stop the spiral of degradation. But at least it has started. 

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