Baku, November 14, Interfax - Young people's lack of awareness of religious traditions makes it possible for extremists to spread their ideas among young people, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders on Thursday.
"We have to admit that there is a war going on against the traditional religions, it is taking places in cities and villages, in the information space, but what is the most important, in people's minds and souls. The most dangerous thing is that representatives of the younger generation are fighting on the frontline in this war. Extremist ideological organizations are using young people's lack of experience, their readiness to defend their views at all costs. All these things are aggravated by the very low level of awareness, the lack of basic knowledge not only on other religious, but even on their own religious tradition," he said.
Terrorists are exploiting the non-acceptance by religious people of today's regular paradigm in a situation of a crisis of traditional values, the patriarch said.
"The crisis of the traditional value system leaves a lot of room for the activities of extremists' recruiters, they easily replace the secular ideology with their ideology, their seeds fall into prepared soil. Therefore, we as religious leaders should not only deny and condemn extremism, but also cultivate in society unshakeable values of family, marriage, respect for older people, respect for religion and people's religious choice, support of the suffering and poor ones, which are based on the Holy Scripture," the patriarch said.
The 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders is held in Baku on November 14-15.
The summit is timed to the 70th anniversary of Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pasha-zade and the 40th anniversary of his work as chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office. Some 200 leaders of traditional religions from different countries have been invited to the summit.
The summit is organized by the Caucasus Muslims Office and the state authorities of Azerbaijan.