Monday, April 2, 2012

Russian Court Finds Bhagavad Gita & Commentary Not Extremist Literature

The prosecutor for the Siberian city of Tomsk has twice failed in a Russian lower court to have the Bhagavad Gita, and/or commentary accompanying a translation of it, deemed "extremist literature". The prosecutor accused the scriptures (held sacred by Hindus) as inciting "social hatred" and "violence against non-believers." The accompanying commentary was penned by the founder for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), commonly known as the Hare Krishnas. An appeal to a higher court is possible.

Further information can be found on The Hindu, and thanks to Religion Clause Blog for first bringing this story to my attention.

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