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1 Jul, 2020 16:10

Black Lives Matter is 'anti-christian' & 'anti-civilizational' – outspoken senior Russian Orthodox Bishop

Black Lives Matter is 'anti-christian' & 'anti-civilizational' – outspoken senior Russian Orthodox Bishop

A prominent Russian cleric believes the 'Black Lives Matter' movement isn't a battle for human rights, but rather a "struggle for who is most important in humanity.” He says its true nature is "becoming increasingly apparent."

Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, the deputy administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate says the campaign is "anti-Christian and anti-civilizational."

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The churchman was reacting to news that the statue of Emperor Constantine the Great, located next to York Cathedral in England, may be taken down due to his links with slavery.

Statues around the world began to be removed and demolished during the recent Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by the police murder of unarmed black man George Floyd. Protestors have pulled down monuments to those with a history of racism, such as slave traders and leaders of the Confederacy.

Black Lives Matter is a movement that originated by organizing protests against police brutality towards African Americans in the US. Since then, the campaign has gone worldwide, pushing for equality and the end of institutional racism against minorities.

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Bishop Savva is no stranger to commentary on modern culture, especially in regards to religion. In January, he made the news in the West after stating that the Russian Orthodox Church should no longer bless missiles.

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