Reported in the London Times, today 7 August, 2004
The Russian Orthodox Church is seeking to strengthen its ties with Muslims in the Gulf. Metropolitan Kirill, the Church's "foreign minister", met a delegation from the Kuwaiti Government this week. He said that Christians and Muslims should co-operate to promote human rights based on religious, rather than secular values.
My initial response on seeing this report was to 'swallow". Reading it a second time the last sentence struck me, particularly, "...Christians and Muslims ........ to promote human rights based on religious, rather than secular values".
Interesting, although Orthodox Christians and Moslems have very serious and significant religious differences, and Chechnya and Middle Eastern extremism pose serious challenges; including of course the double standards applied in regard to the Palestine/Israeli conflict.