First, let me give a disclaimer. Anything I say in this post is directly applicable to the situation described inm the first post of this thread only. Each situation is unique, and I am not suggesting that the same approach described in this post be applied to all situations.
I personally don't buy into the "Orthodoxy is correct therefore Orthodoxy has nothing to fear and should support religious freedom" argument. I mean no disrespect to those who hold to it, but I think it fails on all counts. Practically speaking, in both the Scriptures (E.g., Elijah) and Church history (E.g., Emperor Theodosius) we find examples of Saints very strictly standing against those who disagree with God's Israel, the Church. Why did they do this? Because they knew that the truth in fact would not alway win out. One need only read the Gospels, or perhaps the first part of Exodus, to realise that people do not always follow the truth, even when it is standing in front of them. It is the Church's duty to watch over her sheep, she cannot say that "the sheep should know what wolves look like, so we'll let them roam as freely as they like". Many heresies are sublte, and built on a foundation of (mis-applied) Scripture and Tradition. Many of them sound perfectly logical: in fact, many times they are more "logical" (according to carnal knowledge) than the orthodox belief. What some call "religious repression" the Orthodox should proudly call "watching out for her children". Peoples souls are at risk here, it is not enough to merely hope that things turn out for the best.
What we have here is one culture trying to force it's opinion on people. Do I mean the Belarusians? Nope, I mean the Westerners. Ironic that we westerners, the ones who supposedly champion freedom of thought and toleration towards all, are the ones forcing our beliefs (multi-culturalism and an extreme version of "religious freedom") onto others. This is nothing more than Pagan Rome being reborn. What did Pagan Rome say? "You can worship whatever deities you wish, so long as you are willing to recognize the deity X" (the X changed from emperor to emperor-- but the point is that there was always a central divine figure that people had to be willing to offer sacrifice to). Western society has revived this idea, and defined the X: "You can worship whatever deities you wish, and have whatever beliefs you wish, so long as you are willing to allow multi-culturalism and toleration in your society". Western societies deity, their X, is the pan-heresy sometimes labeled Ecumenism. The beliefs of this pan-heresy is this: "We do not necessarily agree with all beliefs, but we must accept and tolerate all beliefs and not condemn anyone... oh, except for those who would dare to protect their sheep from sects and heretics, they have blasphemed our deity and must pay the price."
Justin Popovich, pray unto God for us all!
Holy Theotokos, save us all!