Atheists often focus their criticism on the predominant forms of religion within their culture. This means Protestantism, Catholicism, Islam etc are frequently targeted and rightly so. But I have seen very little criticism of Russian Orthodoxy so I want to draw attention to this slightly old article to highlight the dangerous noises coming from the Russian church.
When you read the following quote bear in mind that Patriarch Kirill is not some backwater paster or priest but rather the spiritual leader of 150 million people worldwide.
MOSCOW, July 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In his Sunday sermon this weekend in Kazan Cathedral in Moscow, Patriarch Kirill, Primate, of the Russian Orthodox Church, warned against the extraordinary rise in many western countries of the homosexualist movement. Kirill said that the trend of legalizing “gay marriage” is “a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse.”
What the Russian Orthodox Church is concerned about, Kirill said, “is not the fact of the existence of this sin - it has always existed. But we are deeply concerned that for the first time in the history of the human race sin is being justified by law. This opens up the prospect of a dangerous development, which will contribute to the moral degradation of society."
Russian Orthodoxy hold beliefs that are regressive even by religious standards. Their close ties to Putins government violates church-state separation and ignores numerous historical warnings. The consequences of this partnership can already be witnessed throughout the recently annexed Eastern Ukraine where Russian Orthodoxy church function as Putin's agents operating against the Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic churches who are not officially recognized by Russia and considered a threat to assimilation. According Mission Eurasia, a non-profit organization monitoring religious persecution in modern Russia, followers of the Russian Orthodox Church have persecuted followers of other faiths, including Muslim Tatars in the Crimea, and Catholics and Ukrainian Orthodox and Protestants in eastern Ukraine to the point of torture, exile and death [link].
Russian Orthodoxy is worth keeping a suspicious eye upon because they seem intent on dragging Eastern Europe back to the Tzarist Russia of the 19th century.
One final thought: Theists often link atheists to communism and Soviet purges. But why did communism suddenly erupt through out Russia? What was present within Russian society that led to the development of Stalin and Lenin and Trotsky and the anarchist Michel Bakunin? What made them so convinced that religion must be purged from society for the common good? (Note: Anyone who answers 'material atheism' to these questions is brain dead and requires a lovingly administered slap to restart their mental processes.)