Pussy Riot’s Revolutionary Reading

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Pussy Riot’s Revolutionary Reading

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I hope you saw my earlier Tribute to Pussy Riot. I admire those women so much!

I was pleased when I read in The New Yorker that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the three members of the Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot serving time in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred“, spends her time in a small four woman cell reading. She tries to write, but her notes are confiscated. She knows she is being spied on, but does her best to keep up her spirits while she continues to fuel her mind with what I believe is revolutionary reading.

What is she reading? Foucault, Judith Butler, Slavoj Žižek, the Bible, and the late essays of Tolstoy. I’m thinking, “No wonder she is who she is and does what she does!

The Bible is revolutionary, depending how you read it. Remember how it inspired such people as Wilberforce, Lincoln, M.L. King Jr., Mother Teresa, Oscar Romero and others to revolutionary thinking.

Nadeshda’s husband Verzilov accepted the LennonOno Grant for Peace on her behalf in New York from Yoko Ono and Amnesty International the other day. Read more HERE.

(I know this isn’t my regular Prayer From the Cell, but this is a kind of prayer from a real cell, isn’t it?)

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    The Bible is revolutionary, depending how you read it.

    Well, sure Jim Jones (Jonestown), Ken Ham (Creationist museum), David Koresh (Waco). Pat Robertson (800 club) … and many, many more agree.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    So then we agree Sabio that it depends how you read it.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Indeed. And since it so depends on the reader, might as well read anything. Why read the same thing over and over when there is so much else out there to misinterpret? :-)

  • Erp

    Given that the weapon being allowed on the dueling ground is the Bible (and related writings); it behooves her to know the weapon well.

    Anyone know what the Orthodox Church’s views are on Tolstoy?

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Good point, Erp — if manipulating the system requires understanding the strings that can manipulate the populace, then perhaps the Bible is a good choice. If it were India, it would be the Ramayana or the Bhagavad Gita. If you can make a book say whatever you want, and the audience is dying to listen — go for it!

  • http://www.spiritofthescripture.com Joshua

    These guys truly are inspirational to us all.


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