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I applaud Russian authorities for convicting "Pussy Riot" — the very name suggesting sex and violence — of committing a hate crime against religion. The all girl punk band willfully, maliciously and blasphemously desecrated a Russian Orthodox Church.

Everyone has a right to freedom of expression. This includes those who were attending the religious service in question. These people's rights were obviously denied and violated by the surprise guerrilla invasion. Many of them — especially the older and religiously devout — may actually have been seriously traumatized for life by the devilish antics of these young, radical feminists.

I believe a two year jail sentence is rather harsh for such a crime. I would rather have seen the girls forced to faithfully attend Holy Mass each day followed by an hour of bible school — perhaps for a year. In this way their punishment could be served out in the form of rehabilitation. If the girls were encouraged to understand religion a little more they might actually come to appreciate it more fully. Then their raw and wicked energy could be converted into a more positive and powerful force for good in this world.

Rick Martin, The Baltimore Sun 38 Comments [8/28/2012 3:33:26 AM]
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nazani14

Where were you, Ricky, when the Soviet state used churches for storage, museums, party pads, etc.?

8/28/2012 1:17:56 PM

Sasha

Sending Pussy Riot to mass and bible school would likely only deepen their contempt for religion. Forced exposure to your mythology tends to enrage unbelievers.

8/28/2012 2:02:54 PM

freako104

Your punishment is worse. And please get out of MD

8/28/2012 4:17:27 PM

Old Viking

Please send more information on raw and wicked energy.

8/28/2012 5:19:48 PM

Punch

Yea, I can see the guy didn't read at all what was really going on.

8/28/2012 7:10:09 PM

moose

And hour of babble school every day? Trust me Rick.....after about 30 minutes, I would have you more tied up than a spider web in a tornado over biblical contradictions that you would grant me leave from further "babble school".

8/28/2012 10:06:16 PM

WWWWolf

> Everyone has a right to freedom of expression. This includes those who were attending the religious service in question.

Yes, the people who are attending the religious service are "expressing" something. The people who barge in to, you know, express something are not expressing something.

Yeah. Sounds legit.

8/29/2012 4:00:27 AM

Anon-e-moose

'Religion is the opiate of the masses'

-Karl Marx

Re. those T-shirt designs with that slogan ('I warned you that this would happen') that have appeared in recent years, and have been big sellers ([/irony]), seems he was a forward thinking chap, that Marx.

8/29/2012 7:43:06 AM

myheadhurts

missed the point by a mile

8/30/2012 1:35:36 AM

Swede

What about the three women's rights to freedom of expression? That right was definitely denied and violated, as they are now in jail for it.

Devilish antics? If three women singing is what you consider devilish antics, then you are way too sheltered, Ricky.

They ARE religious people, stupid, they protested against the ROC getting political and aiding and abetting Putin in his removal of human rights.
Fighting for human rights and freedom of expression IS a positive and powerful force for good, stupid.

8/30/2012 4:01:49 AM

Drax

They aren't in jail for 'desecrating a church', you idiot. They are in jail for opposing Putin. So much for Russian democracy.

9/1/2012 1:48:58 AM



Pussy Riot should have been sentenced to attend Holy Mass and Bible school and also to be caned (Singapore-style) for their obscene antics.

10/27/2012 8:14:21 PM

Justanotheratheist

Force feeding religion to people is precisely why many people have rejected religion. How do you force someone to believe anything so absurd as religious dogma?

I have no idea what Russian law says on the subject, but I'd like to see forced attendance of religious services and bible school attempted as a legal sanction in any Western society. I doubt personally that this would be remotely legal in 21st century Russia. Pussy Riot's antics would pale in comparison to the backlash.

Believe it or not, only in the mouldy and deserted space known as a fundie's brain could Rick's suggestion even start to make sense as an alternative punishment. However, I do like the irony of forcefully attending Mass as a form of punishment, which irony seems to have escaped Ricky boy's feeble intellect.

10/28/2012 12:47:05 AM
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