Meanwhile in Russia…
The Duma, Russia's parliament, announced a campaign last week to “protect the rights of religious people.” Adding teeth to the initiative, the parliament has also now proposed a new law that would punish anyone who insults the feelings of religious believers with up to three years in jail. Insulting a holy site would carry a penalty of up to five years.
Both the campaign to protect the rights of believers and the proposed changes to the criminal code -- touted as sending a strong message to anti-religious extremists -- have gotten support from representatives from all of the traditional religions in Russia. In expressing their support, the country’s religious leaders have mentioned the Pussy Riot scandal, the vandalism of crosses around the country and the riots across the Muslim world in reaction to the film “Innocence of Muslims.”
And the US Department of Justice refuses to rule out criminalising criticism of Islam.
Thanks to Jen for the link.