The 'Yaroyava' package, named after their sponsor in the Russian Duma, has been fiercely condemned both by Russian Christians and rights activists and internationally.
The Republican Vice-Presidential candidate abandoned the Catholic Church to become an evangelical after he "gave my life to Jesus"
Christianity works. We're used to the idea that individual testimonies are a strong witness to the truth and power of God. But so are larger scale episodes of forgiveness and grace.
The area includes a site considered by many to be city of Ur of the Chaldees mentioned in the Bible, believed to have been the birthplace of Abraham and his brother Haran.
McDowell, 76, was addressing the Together 2016 prayer rally, which attracted around 350,000 people on a blistering hot Saturday.