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-Russia: An Atheist Facing Prison for Denying God?

by Dr. D ~ March 3rd, 2016

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A Russian is facing a year in prison for denying the existence of God on social media. Here’s the story from NBC News:

A Russian faces up to a year in prison for saying "there is no God" during an argument on social media, his lawyers said Wednesday.  …

Krasnov, … is on trial in his native city of Stavropol in southern Russia, according to the local magistrate’s website. Charges were filed in the fall of 2015 and the trial began on Monday, according to his lawyer.

Russia’s Investigative Committee — the equivalent of the FBI — charged Krasnov with "offending believers’ feelings," which was criminalized in Russia after a notorious performance by punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. Two band members were jailed in 2012 for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song at the cathedral.

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Response: What an incredible turn about this is. It seems like just yesterday (now over 25 years ago) when atheism was an official state policy in Russia (Soviet Union) and Christians were put in prison for illegally teaching their children about God and for praying in their own homes.

Obviously the clock has been turned back by the autocratic rule of Putin. Once more there is no longer freedom of speech or religious liberty in that country. But this time atheists are restricted rather than Christians? It was wrong then and it is wrong now.               *Top

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