Two members of the House say the jailing of Pussy Riot was justified.

Two Republicans from the House of Representatives, sworn to uphold the Constitution of this nation (replete with its protections for free speech), have said they agree that Russian authorities who decided to jail the band Pussy Riot for blasphemy.

Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Steve King (R-IA), along with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), were visiting Moscow on Sunday to discuss Russian intelligence on the Boston Marathon bombing. During a press conference, Cohen raised questions about Russia’s respect for human rights, particularly with respect to Pussy Riot, the feminist band jailed for playing a “punk prayer” in a Russian Orthodox church to protest the Putin government’s human rights record and the church’s close ties with the state. Cohen, echoing human rightsadvocates, argued that a two-year sentence for speaking out against government abuses was an overharsh result of an unfair trial.

Rohrabacher disagreed, but King went further. King, who recently attempted to “prove” America was a Christian nation, celebrated Russia’s crackdown. “If anyone came into my church … and did that, it would be difficult for me to stand up and say they had a human right to do that,” King said. The lawmaker suggested that the church “had been desecrated by those riots,” perhaps being unaware that Pussy Riot is the name of the band, not the activity they were jailed for (which was performing a song).

Fuck me.  These people get to make laws.  These people have the power to decide what is fair and just in this nation.  This is where I walk out into the pristine quiet of Arkansas nature to yell “FUUUUUUUUUCK” at the top of lungs.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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