Belarusian Presidential Candidate Accused Baptists of Propagating Unhealthy Lifestyle
A candidate to the post of the President of Belarus Mikalay Ulakhovich has criticized Christians of a “Baptist sort” by accusing them of promoting unhelathy lifestyle. He made such announcement during a television speech.
“Speaking of the spiritual revival and religion I would like to add that with the vanishing of the Communist morale code many people were drawn towards religion, – stated Ulakhovich during his speech. – I see nothing bad about it, only if those religions are not of a Baptist sort, which propagates harm to one’s health, or of a terrorist sort. In those cases I am totally against it”.
It is hard to say whether Ulakhovich meant that the religions “of a Baptist sort” are conncected with terrorism or that he is against “baptist sort” and against religions connected with terrorism but anyway in his speech the candidate to presidency allowed himself a negative remark against an officially registered Christian denomination.
It can be said that this remark has been made against all Evangelist Christians, who all are being called “Baptists” in colloquial speech by the people not knowing much about religion. The believers and servants of Belarusian Evangelical denominations had never been recorded propagating harm to health or terrorism. Contrarywise, a healthy lifestyle, sobriety and peacefulness were always defining Evangelical Christians.
Mikalay Ulakhovich gave his 30-minute speech on the Channel 1 of Belarusian television on 18 September and, according to experts, had made numerous contradictory and confused statements concerning politics, economy and other subjects.
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