A Christian’s Tribute to Pussy Riot

Go, nakedpastor, go:

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  • LesterBallard

    Hammer and Sickle and Russian Pope Hat?

    • Agnostic

      The saying goes that the pen is mightier than the sword. People with power can re- write history if not checked. How much of opinion is moulded by the written word? I think a lot. Many hide behind free speech and humor to belittle others. Children reading and watching such material will soon loss whatever respect they have for the person targeted.

  • Chris Christodoulou

    So the Russian Bear is wearing a cross while holding a hammer and sickle because…?

    Russia is communist? Communism and religion go hand in hand?

    I don’t see how that is anything but historically and politically crippled.

    • 3lemenope

      One could read the signs in the comic at face value, in which case you’re right; they don’t make much sense. 

      However, signs are slippery things. 

      On a different level, those are all symbols strongly associated over the past century or so with Russia, and so it isn’t exactly beyond the pale to use them as easy semiotic signposts for “RUSSIA!”. And the prominent political subtext of the whole kerfuffle is that this has much less to do with the hurt feelings of the Orthodox Church and much more to do with Putin’s crackdown on dissent, an approach that hearkens back to pre-Glasnost USSR and is echoed by it being on behalf of a former Lt. Colonel in the KGB. So, a Russian bear clothed in the trappings of the church but still bearing the symbols of the old order, that makes quite a bit of symbolic sense.

    • Guest

      This is modern atheism, it doesn’t have to make sense, be logical, or hold up to facts.  As Bill Maher explains, since religion is the cause of evil, if something bad happens, it must be because someone did something religious like.  Again, this is modern atheism.  You’ll waste yourself trying to appeal to logic, rational arguments, facts and reality. 

      • 3lemenope

        The author of the cartoon is a Christian, not an atheist, so your polemic against modern atheism is remarkably off-point. And as I indicated above, the symbols employed together in the cartoon can make sense, if you read with an ounce of charity and aren’t so lazy as to assume only surface meanings are intended.

      • Greisha

         In many senses Putin restores many if not most of bureaucratic structures of the former Soviet Union.  Hammer and sickle symbolic were associated with those structures as much as or maybe even more than with communist ideology.

        Currently Russian government is going deeper and deeper in establishment of Russian Orthodox (Pravoslavnaya) Church as the official state religion in violation of Russia’s own constitution.  Therefore this bear.

        • Chris Christodoulou

          Putin’s Russia is as capitalist as any other capitalist country. The problem with this sort of innocent-looking propaganda is that it creates associations that are accepted as light hearted and sort-of-related… Current day Russia is not the USSR and thinking that Putin’s way of running things is communist-like demonstrates political ignorance. The “west” (as nakedpastor puts it) has no idea of what really communism or socialism means and this comic shows why.

      • Coyotenose

         Angry Troll is Angry. Whiny and hides when his arguments are shredded, too.

        • Chris Christodoulou

          If you are referring to me, I don’t see any shattering of any arguments happening. The only reason I “hid” is because of the time difference since I’m in Greece. :) There is a discussion going on and no trolling on my side or any other side as far as I can see—except from your little part…

    • Alex

      Russia is not Communist, not it really ever was. It had several plutocratic regimes over the last century, one can start a hot debate over its economic and political system past and present, but currently it’s heavily influenced by Russian Orthodox Church, with a hefty dose of old-school Soviet-style bureaucracy. Not so off-key, in other words.

  • Gaby A.

    Let’s all just admit we like to hear Christians and the media at large say Pussy Riot.

  • Aaron Scoggin

    It’s a dual-wielding bear with a pope hat. What’s not to get.

  • Alex

    I like. This is, sadly, frighteningly accurate.

  • http://twitter.com/911amorc Hans de Jonge

    Putin is a 33 degree free-mason. Pussy Riot expresses the de-masquerade  of his masonic dictatorship. For the psychopathic secret societies who rule the world this is unbearable.


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