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Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in International, Law, Media, Places, Politics, Religion, Society | 0 comments

Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Is there a moral equivalence between the producer of the movie The Innocence of Muslims, which insults the Prophet Mohammad, and the female punk band Pussy Riot, which shocked Russian Orthodox Christians by performing and yelling obscenities inside a Moscow church? For Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda, columnist Alexandr Grishin decries the loud protestations from the West when it comes to Russia’s jailing of members of Pussy Riot for what the Kremlin regards as insulting of Christianity, and its near silence when it comes to the insulting film about Muhammad.

For Komsomolskaya Pravda, columnist Alexandr Grishin starts off this way:

Well, we finally have an answer to the question of what would have happened to the feminist-punk band Pussy Riot if they had jerked their legs around and screamed in a mosque. The answer wasn’t provided by the politically-motivated and tolerant clutch of imams presented by the liberal community as examples for the “obscurantist” Russian Orthodox Church, but by the tens of thousands of average Muslims who have destroyed U.S. Embassies, instigated anti-American rioting and even killed an American envoy who had played a major role in freeing them from the “tyranny.”

 

The official reason for the wave of protest in the Muslim world is an amateur video production entitled The Innocence of Muslims, which uses an insulting tone to tell the story of the Prophet Mohammad. (Incidentally, when I watched a clip of the film on the Internet, I felt nothing but disgust, convinced that the film was made by a former porn director). In both the case of Pussy Riot and this film, there is contempt for the feelings of believers.

 

The unrest spread across the Muslim world (not just in the Middle East, the Maghreb and Central Asia, but even in Australia and the E.U., and with the exception of Saudi Arabia and other equally-odiously clerical regimes in the Persian Gulf, where total silence prevails. And this is yet another reason to think about what is going on). The people who suffer as a result not only have nothing to do with the making of this provocative film, but may have not have even been aware of its existence.

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