Pussy Riot Post Mortem
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  • Jim.

    Again… how would Democrats (or other Left-leaning commenters here) suggest we prevent invasion of churches during services?

    If churches should not be protected by law from this sort of behavior, why are there laws protecting workplaces, public shopping areas, and other venues from these sorts of disturbances?

  • thibaud

    Fewer polls. More pics. (pls)

  • Luke Lea

    I get the feeling that human and civil rights have receded as a priority in US (and your preferred?) foreign policy.

  • Kris

    “rock groups with cheeky names”

    Not precisely.

    [email protected]: I have no objection to punishments, just to disproportionate ones.

  • Jim.

    @Luke Lea-

    Actually, it seems to me that the human / civil right of freedom of religion is scoring higher here than it has in a while.

  • John Burke

    While Via Media may be right that fair weather protesters in the west have paid little attention to other, more egregious human rights violations, might that be exactly why Pussy Riot took off their clothes in churchZ.

  • Masha

    I can’t help wondering if they people complaining about the clothes these women wore in the church have seen what some Orthodox women wear in church when they’re not trying to cause a ruckus. At least these ladies had the sense to cover their hair and wear stockings.

    In all seriousness though, I appreciate this evaluation. What free speech enthusiast living in a non-police state doesn’t love an excuse to run around wearing a fluorescent ski mask and a Free Pussy Riot t-shirt? But in reality, Russian society is conservative in ways that are uncomfortable for liberals and for many human rights advocates, and that shouldn’t be discounted. Furthermore, these ladies are being punished (not to a Stalinist degree) for singing an offensive song in a deliberately highly provocative location, unlike, for example, the many entrepreneurs who are in prison for the heinous act of having valuable stock that can be stolen and sold off by thieving officials. I would’ve loved to see Pussy Riot just get mandatory community service time (Moscow has some lovely parks that would look so much nicer with less trash in them). But the entrepreneurs seem like maybe, just maybe, a more worthy thing to get outraged about.

  • Dick Pickett

    They got off light.

    Leviticus 24:10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

    Leviticus 24:11 And the Israelitish woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

    Leviticus 24:12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be showed them.

    Leviticus 24:13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

    Leviticus 24:14 Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

    Leviticus 24:15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

    Leviticus 24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

  • Charles R. Williams

    This group got off easy. There is no right to go into a church or a mosque or a synagogue or a temple of any sort and behave in ways that outrage worshipers. They knew what they were doing was illegal and offensive.

    This was a direct attack on all believers of all sorts and on civil society. Even if Patriarch Kirill appeals for mercy the state should not necessarily grant mercy in this case. Justice also is at stake.

    It is a serious offense. Two years is about right.

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