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Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest

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  1. Now, by religious are they referring to all religions or just the Russian Orthodox Church? I think alot of Russians wont be too happy if they can’t pick on a few Jews now and then without getting into trouble.

  2. I would like to take this opportunity to say that the Russian Orthodox Church is a disgusting and cancerous pimple on the back end of human morality, good order, and civilization. So much so that it should ideally be amputated.

  3. Section 28, Blasphemy… is Russia just rifling through the rubbish tip of outdated, embarrassing, abandoned British laws and then making them even worse?

  4. Doesn’t this all just reek of desperation and insecurity? However, this is far more dangerous than it appears – it paves the way for complete totalitarianism – “say this, or we’re coming for you.”

  5. Michael Walsh 12 Jun 2013, 2:20am

    It’s at times like these when I miss Christopher Hitchens most.

  6. How do you legally define “religious belief”? How about “insulting” “religious feelings”? Any fool can invent a religion and get a few hundred or so people to believe it. Will Dwight York’s (apparent) belief that some fetuses survive abortion, are nursed back to health by devil beings in the sewers and are currently plotting to take over the world, be protected from all insult and obstruction under threat of a prison sentence?

  7. Why didn’t they just remain a totalitarian state? What was the point of all the free society posturing? Although the end of communism did make a few very wealthy, most of those seem to have decided to live elsewhere. Who can blame them?

  8. That There Other David 12 Jun 2013, 9:32am

    I wonder whether the Muslims in Chechnya can then use this law to throw Putin in prison.

    I suspect not.

  9. While most of the civilised world moves towards a complete separation of state and religion, this bunch seem to be moving backwards … towards Tudor times. Oh well; totalitarian regimes need all the support they can muster, I suppose …..

  10. Russia continues to go backwards at an alarming rate, once again religion the cause, everywhere you look, religion is causing problems.

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