Friday, April 15, 2011

Moscow Patriarchate Responds to Suggested Change in Russian State Emblem

The Moscow Patriarchate has responded to a proposal to add a crescent to the Russian state emblem (the Romanovs' double-headed eagle) by stating that crescents should be included in the national emblems of the predominantly Muslim member republics of the Russian Federation, but not the Russian state emblem itself, which "has a history of many centuries and...has stood the test of time." More here.

The spokesman of the leader of Russia's Jews, on the other hand, thought that the proposed addition of the crescent was not enough, stating (tongue in cheek) that, "If you remember, the Soviet emblem featured a slogan "Workers of the World, Unite!" in the fifteen languages of [the] Soviet republics. We can put some other inspiring slogan in [the] one or two hundred languages of Russia's smaller nations and add the same number of heads to the eagle...then we are sure to have a strong and multi-headed eagle." More on his comments here.

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