Russia to rework bill on offending religion

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* Kremlin wary about attitudes of minorities

* Legislation was submitted after Pussy Riot trial

* Putin had urged caution on legislation


The Russian government asked parliament on Sunday to amend a bill that would set jail terms for “offending religious feeling” – a measure lawmakers proposed after last year’s Pussy Riot protest at a Moscow cathedral.

In a statement issued on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the government suggested existing legislation, if altered, might suffice to protect faith communities and seemed to question the need for the bill; critics have said it may harm Jews, Muslims and others outside the Russian Orthodox Church that President Vladimir Putin has been anxious not to alienate.

One of the lawmakers who sponsored the bill, which was backed by Putin’s party and allies, said the government’s advice would be heeded. Yaroslav Nilov said a phrase seen to favour the Russian Orthodox Church would be removed and the legislation would protect all religions operating legally in Russia.

Written By: Steve Gutterman
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10 COMMENTS

  1. Religion is the greatest offense to my religious feelings. I would have to complain about them all with the very utterance of their beliefs or passing of their texts.

    Basically, when I think about how I feel about religion, I am offended. When I think about how I feel about fraud, I am reminded of religion and also crime. When I think about how I feel about hate, I am reminded of religion and also crime. When I think about how I feel about death threats, I am reminded of religion and also crime. When I think about how I feel about coercion, I am reminded of religion and also crime. When I think about how I feel about psychological torture, I am reminded of religion and also crime.

    Belief is one thing, carrying it out is sometimes criminal.

  2. How exactly will the Bill be ‘reworked’? They still mean to convict people, just like they did Pussy Riot, only now more people will end up being convicted because ‘insults’ to any and all religions, not just the Orthodox, will be punishable. Russian logic.

  3. Given Putin’s party’s previous stance on religion it’s safe to say they’ve been offended, anything else is petty name calling and should be dismissed as such. If religion has suffered in the former soviet block it is the government not the people.

  4. as Napoleon said “Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet”

    if you want to be a dictator, you need god on your side, or rather, you need to be just a jobsworth acting on the pretend orders of a boss no one ever met then no one questions why you personally are infringing their human rights

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