The Church Is Offended and the Pussy Riot Trial Continues

The Pussy Riot trial continues on in Moscow.

A state prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a three-year jail term for three women from the punk band Pussy Riot, saying they had abused God when they stormed the altar of a Moscow cathedral and sang a “protest prayer” against the Russian Orthodox Church’s close links to Vladimir Putin.

There is so much that keeps going wrong with this story, where does one begin?

“Using swear words in a church is an abuse of God,” Nikiforov said.

The notion that a human being, or three of them, or a punk rock band full of them can abuse God is ludicrous. How do puny, imperfect humans “abuse” an allegedly omnipotent, all powerful god?  The notion that swearing, that words can abuse a god is also ridiculous. What sort of god has such fragile and pathetic sensibilities?

“The actions of the accomplices clearly show religious hatred and enmity,” federal prosecutor Alexei Nikiforov said in closing arguments…”

The young women sang a song for under 2 minutes. Yes in a church, yes about Putin, yes questioning the division of state and religion. Peaceable, creative, protest. Does protest = religious hatred?

And so what of it, even if that were true? Must we unconditionally love and respect the church? I certainly don’t. I have very strong, negative opinions about the power of the church(es) and the many injustices that have been committed under religion’s wing. I have significant concern about the lack of separation between the church and state.

Which part is the problem here?

The defendants have said that their protest was not intended to offend believers and was aimed at highlighting the church’s support for Putin. Sounds reasonable to me. Putin has suggested that the protest was “nothing good, but didn’t warrant harsh punishment” so it would seem that the Russian Government and Putin are not the problem.

God is not offended. At least if he is, I am not reading his comments in any news articles, interviews etc. God is not the problem here.

“The insult is not to Putin but to the social group of Orthodox Christian believers,” Nikiforov said.

Ahhhh people are the problem.  I get it, church goers are offended.

Here is the thing though. They are offended and three young women are to be imprisoned and lose 3-7 years of their lives because they are are offended?  Get the fuck over yourselves. Seriously!

What is going to happen to Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich?

When last I wrote, I thought it was possible that the trial would be dragged out, the young women imprisoned for the duration – but that the charges would eventually be dismissed. It would undoubtedly look good politically for Putin to show himself as “lenient” in the face of dissent.

Yet, with the church having its knickers in knots, the powers that be will have to weigh whether or not a lenient sentence might lose Putin and his government the support of the Russian Orthodox church, which is no small matter.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and infuriated church leaders have described Putin’s 12-year rule as a “miracle of God” and described the women as doing the work of the devil.

It would seem that this trial has very little to do with Pussy Riot or their protest and a whole lot to do with balancing the powers of state and  religion. What happens to Pussy Riot, will in the end be determined by politics and religion, not on the actual charges these young women face and quite probably not on an independent Russian judiciary.

How much punishment will appease these offended church people who believe in devils and political miracles: who believe it is possible to offend their God with a song?

7 responses to “The Church Is Offended and the Pussy Riot Trial Continues

      • Don’t laugh!!! I spent much of the afternoon writing the words and recording the song. :)

        Here is the beginning…..there is more.

        God the magic magician lives inside of me
        Frolics ‘round in my brain he’s pretend you see
        Thinks he is useful but just a bit of fluff
        Anyone who believes in him is full of stupid stuff

        I don’t know how soon I will post it. I don’t even know if I have the nerve to post it. If I do, I am going to blame it all on you. LOL

      • lol you funny creature you! The whole thing tickles my funny bone and I hope you will post it.

        Feel free to blame me, what’s the worst that could happen? God will spank me? ;)

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