Jailing Pussy Riot in Russia

Russian judge Marina Syrova just handed down a sentence of two years in jail for the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot as a result of their "hooliganism" motivated by religious hatred.  Judge Syrova called their behavior "blasphemous" and described it as a "gross violation of public order showing obvious disrespect for society."  She also said, "The girls' actions were sacrilegious, blasphemous and broke the church's rules."  The group staged a protest against President Vladimir Putin inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow.  Their "punk prayer" spewed hate-laced anti-Christian lyrics as they stood on the solea (platform in front of the altar).  From the concealment of their balaclava masks, they "courageously" followed the PR example of fading American singer Madonna -- knowing that the quickest way to generate a flood of media attention is to launch attacks against religion, and the more heavily laced with...(Read Full Article)

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