Why can not kiss the icons in the church
In the ROC, the study of a human microbiome by a British design school student Daria Fedorova was called illegal by the Russian Higher School of Design, in which she took on the analysis of washouts from icons from Moscow churches.
On the icons managed to find some types of microorganisms. In particular, Staphylococcus aureus - Staphylococcus aureus, the most pathogenic type of staphylococcus, the causative agent of purulent-inflammatory lesions in humans, infections of the skin and soft tissues, and Escherichia coli - E. coli.
"If this is an expert activity, then, in my opinion, it is illegal. Because these experts, as far as I know, do not have the necessary permits, nor the right to conduct medical or expert actions. If we consider this action as an act of creative expression then such an act is completely inappropriate in the church, and in general, not only in the church, but in any space that is a private and sacred space for many people.It violates the right to privacy of religious organizations, "Vakhtang Kipshidze quotes the city news agency" Moscow ".
“The goal of our experiment was not to show that the church is one big bacterium. This project does not deny God, it’s about people's involvement. It’s clear that the faith of those who go to church every day is stronger than the idea that the icon is dirty - says Fedorov.