Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Moscow Museum Curators Convicted of "Religious Hatred"

Today's Globe and Mail (via the Associated Press) reports that two Russian art museum curators have been convicted of "inciting religious hatred" for an exhibition that "included images of Jesus Christ protrayed as Mickey Mouse and Vladimir Lenin". The two were fined but escaped prison sentences.

The incident points to the power of the Russian Orthodox Church in using government apparatus to secure its dominance over religion, and is another example of how I believe "religious hatred" laws are often traditional blasphemy laws in disguise.

I can't seem to find a link to the Globe and Mail story, so here's a link to a similar article on Yahoo.

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