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June 12, 2013

Russian Lawmakers Back Jail Terms for Insulting Religion

 

Dear Russian Duma,

Seriously?  You are going there?  Anti-blasphemy laws?  Seriously?

You people are idiots.

Or maybe you aren’t.  Actually its a slick move in some respects.  It gives a nod to the growing Muslim minority in Russia, giving them the power now to prosecute people who complain about them when they behave badly, and it gives Vladimir Putin  the hammer he needs to beat down dangerous, influential, threatening, monolithic threats to his government – like Pussy Riot.

So, once again we see preference for religion turned into a tool for suppression of dissenting views.  You would think that religious people would not be particularly keen on this sort of thing happening.  But it appears that the conditions under which our nation settled on a separation between church and state, and moreover determined that the right to the separation itself was more important than the rights of either church or state, are increasingly uncommon today.  And it isn’t just in Russia – here in the States we have real live government officials talking openly about the idea that freedom of religion applies only to their own religion.  It’s like some weird restating of Henry Ford – you can have any religion you want, as long as it’s mine.

Everybody loves to feel privileged, I guess.  But is it really worth it to turn protection of your particular religion into a hammer for beating people who don’t agree with you into submission?  I think not.

And for you Duma, two she-bears as a reminder that behaving badly in the name of religion is still behaving badly.

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(Illustration from http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/russians-do-have-a-thing-about-bears/russian-bears-on-the-attack/.  No infringement of copyright intended).

 

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One Comment
  1. markwalt permalink

    Those she bears are awesome!

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