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.

  • Jacob

    “… it would be difficult for me to stand up and say they had a human right to do that”

    Doesn’t matter how fucking difficult it is for you to admit, it’s still the truth.

  • baal

    The (R) have a total hard on for the Russian gov’s tool of oppression – the Russian Church.

  • K. Johnston

    Who’s willing to bet that the guy is all for getting prayer in school, protesting outside abortion clinics, and knocking on people’s doors to tell them the Good News?

    But a bunch of feminists playing riot grrrl music in a CHURCH?!? UNACCEPTABLE.

    Sometimes I think we should give them a taste of their own medicine. Full bore. Form a protest across the street from a church on a Sunday. Knock on their doors selling science books. Go to church en masse and force an after-sermon Q&A session.

    But then I remember, we atheists usually aren’t meddling busybodies.


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