Academic Igor Kon
Igor Kon discusses the role of Russian Orthodoxy and Islam in the decline of tolerance in society. He believes that Officials facilitate homophobia. "If a religious dogma is placed higher than the Constitution - don't ask, for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you!" - the exceptional scientist emotionally writes regarding religious leaders' efforts to impose middle-aged laws on the Russian secular state.
"If a church calls something a sin, it has that right. Those who don't agree with this assessment can choose another church. The 'privatization' of God has been unsuccessful up to this point, in spite of the number of attempts. But when politicians and Government Officials use this sort of language, it is a clear encroachment on the freedom of worship and citizens' rights not only for individual minorities, but for the whole populace," writes Igor Kon.
"The attitude towards homosexuals is an ideal litmus test for the measurement of democracy and social tolerance. During Soviet times, the strip was scarlet with blood. Today it's red with embarrassment," notes the scientist.