by Scott Neuman
April 10, 201310:53 AM
REVIVE Admin Note: The “Anti-Blasphemy Law” legalizes murder as penalty for sin or an offense including a woman talking too much.
Russia’s parliament has given preliminary approval to an anti-blasphemy bill that would make it a crime to offend religious feelings.
The BBC reports that the bill was drafted last year after members of the punk band Pussy Riot used Moscow’s main Russian Orthodox cathedral to perform a protest song against President Vladimir Putin.
Blasphemy against religions considered “an integral part of Russia’s historical inheritance” could mean three years in jail and a fine of nearly $10,000, under the bill. The BBC says it is likely to cover Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.
Commentators in Russia say the law is likely to pass in a parliament dominated by Putin supporters.
Two members of Pussy Riot, an all-female punk band, are serving at for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” related to the February 2012 performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
Their incarceration has become a cause celebre for activists both inside and outside of Russia. Earlier this week at a trade fair in Germany, and shouted obscenities at the Russian leader to protest the band members’ sentences.