Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, one of those jailed by Putin as he's scared of women speaking the truth, today began a hunger strike in protest over the appauling conditions these political prisoners are being held in.
Link to The Guardian story www.theguardian.com/world/2013…
It is her right, together with the rest of the collective, to protest against some of the extreme policies being pushed in Russia by Putin, with the collusion of the Orthadox church there. The church moved into the political arena in support of Putin of its own accord, and cannot expect to be free of protest because of that.
I don't care that "they offended the feelings of believers". The views put forward by Putin and his cronies offend me, and so it my right to speak out against them.
Russian anti-gay law: www.amnesty.org.uk/russia-crac…
Russian Journalists murdered: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_…
Putin's political opponents imprisoned: www.khodorkovsky.com/memorials…
...and so on.
As far as 'defiling' a church, that's just not something I care about. I support none of the Abrahamic religions, Russian Orthadoxy included. I'm offended by much of what's done in the name of religion.
The freedom to say 'I don't agree with you' is surely a basic right of all of us. We don't all agree - that's the human condition - so saying "all of us are ashamed of their behavior" is false. You have the right to not like what they stand for, but you must allow them the same right.
We are literally made from the stuff of stars.
The universe was born in fire 13.8 billion years ago. The Earth and the rest of the solar system formed from the dust and ash of that big bang around 4.5 billion years ago. Life began on earth around a billion years after that, and slowly evolved through miniscule mutation and evolutionary leaps until the primate that was to become man developed in Africa only around 200,000 years ago. Since then, mankind and its shorter lived sub-species spread around the globe.
When we die, the particles we are made of return and become other things.
We have been stars. Planets. Dinosaurs. Trees. Dust. Rocks. We will become that again until entropy slows and cools the universe to nothing.
All this is wonderful, and I certainly don't need a mythical bronze-age father figure judging me or my beliefs.
You are quite welcome to have your own beliefs. That's your right, but please, enough with the 'judging' and 'knowing'.
Well, they're a band/protest group who were arrested (here www.theguardian.com/music/2012…), imprisoned in a hard labour camp and one of whom is now on hunger strike over the conditions they're being kept in (here www.hrw.org/news/2013/09/27/ru…)
I don't really want to say much more personally, as my opinion's pretty well known I guess from this tread of comments, but I'd certainly encourage anyone to check the links (to reputable news agencies) and make up their own minds.