Russian Orthodox Patriarch Demands Authoritarian Power

In the wake of the Pussy Riot prosecution, the Russian government is almost certainly going to adopt a new law to protect the delicate feelings of Christians in that country from any offense. And the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is enthusiastically behind the idea:

Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill backed the idea of criminal prosecution for blasphemy similar the Pussy Riot’s punk performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral on Saturday.

“The law must protect not only symbols of secular importance, but also objects with sacred meaning for the believers and guard their religious feelings from insults,” Kirill said on Saturday, addressing the Orthodox clergy.

Uh, why? Why are your feelings so much more precious than anyone else’s that they must be protected from the opinions of others? Are you that insecure about them?

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