Jonathan Cahn, the Worldnetdaily’s favorite end times charlatan (he’s leading a tour of Israel with Joseph Farah soon) is the latest wingnut to sing the praises of Vladimir Putin and Russia as the vanguard of Christianity in opposition to the godless west.
In the days of the Cold War between the United States, its Western allies and the Soviet Union, it was common for Americans to refer to Russia or the Soviet Union as ‘godless.’ Today in 2014, the same charges are again being raised. Only they’re not coming from America but from the Kremlin and they’re not being directed at Russia — but at the United States and the West. In a recent state of the nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this: “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
No, it’s the path to religious freedom. Belief in God and belief in Satan are and should be, from the government’s perspective, exactly the same. It isn’t the government’s job to decide which one is true or false or which one is better for people to believe in. A government that does so and allows one but not the other is a theocracy, not a free country.
The former KGB officer spoke of Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against the moral bankruptcy of the West. Putin pointed to social conservative values and religious conservative values as the force needed to prevent the world from descending into “chaotic darkness.” Along these lines, Russia adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to insult the religious sensibilities of believers — actions which have been condemned in the West. Putin’s words were echoed by Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, leader of the Orthodox Church. Patriarch Kirill accused Western nations of fostering the ‘spiritual disarmament’ of their people.
I don’t know why this is so difficult to grasp. To either Putin or Cahn, let me point out the obvious: It is none of your fucking business what anyone else believes about religion. And making it a criminal offense to insult the religious sensibilities of believers is called totalitarianism. This is why I simply don’t buy it when the Christian right says they support religious freedom. They don’t. They support their own religious freedom and no one else’s.