I'm not sure if anybody here heard about the anti-putin demonstration done by the girl band "Pussy riot" in an Orthodox church a while back, but now young Russians will have to deal with the aftermath. http://www.theage.com.au/world/new-law-brings-jail-terms-for-offending-religious-feelings-20130612-2o35c.html "MOSCOW: Russia has passed a bill imposing jail terms of up to three years on those who offend religious believers after an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt by punk band Pussy Riot in a church polarised the predominantly Orthodox country last year. According to the bill passed in a 308 to two final vote, "public actions expressing clear disrespect for society and committed with the goal of offending religious feelings of the faithful" would be punishable with jail terms of up to one year in prison and fines of up to 300,000 rubles ($A9750). The same actions committed in churches and other places of worship would be punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 500,000 rubles." So now, the Russian versions of our own religious folk who love to be offended by everything will literally have the backing of the law when they seek to silence opposing and dissenting views. Just how wide is the criteria for "hurting feelings"? We all know from our own experience that common people quickly turn sour when you antagonize their deeply held beliefs, we also know that in places like the "bible belt" in the states, prayer circle-jerks imposed by government-funded organizations explode into nation-wide controversies when the village atheist says something against it (it happens in Canada too, but not as often. Italy is another area where the nation will get enraged by religious issues). So what of a place like Russia, the land of rampant political corruption, and where the Orthodox church is backed by Putin's regime, and vice versa? Where separation of church and state barely exists, if at all? I know there are bigger problems in the world, but I'm sure everyone would agree that free expression should be a right we all have, and that having jail time being a consequence of hurting someones feelings is quite revolting.