The main problems in the religious sphere of Kyrgyzstan are dissemination of ideas of religious extremism, increasing process of proselytism (the act of attempting to convert people to another religion or opinion) and lack of consolidation of Islamic denominations, according to a report of the State Commission for Religious Affairs.
The document noticed the growth of the followers of extremist religious views on the Islamic faith.
“Analysis of the existing situation has shown that the situation with the spread of religious extremism and fanaticism in the country occurs primarily due to passivity of the official clergy in the face of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan,” the report says. “The issues related to the activities of various religious destructive movements, including Hizb ut-Tahrir or Tablighi Jamaat, are becoming more essential.”
2010 events in the south aggravated the contradictory situation in the religious environment of Kyrgyzstan, especially among the Muslim believers. Analysis of the situation proves that religious extremist organizations and their members have intensified their activities.
The report also mentions illegal missionaries and religious movements whose activities are banned in other countries and in the SCO. These are Falun Gong, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Great White Brotherhood, and others.
“Despite the efforts implemented by the Government and non-governmental organizations to stabilize and improve the religious situation in the country, the situation remains difficult and contradictory. Expansion of foreign missionaries caused the emergence of dozens of new religious movements of both Islamic and Christian directions, apart from the followers of other non-traditional destructive and sectarian groups,” the statement said.
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