The trial starts today of the punk band Pussy riot who were arrested 5 months ago for dancing and briefly singing a political protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral, asking the Virgin Mary to get rid of Putin.
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin of Russian Orthodox Church has stated:
For Orthodox Christians their holy places, holy objects and holy names are the most precious things in the world. You know very well how explosive were the acts of burning the Koran. And I am deeply concerned about the future of any society in which extremely divisive actions are ignored.
If religion cannot accept that people may have opposing or different views / ideals then we really are living in a backward world. I believe that this is more about the offense to Putin than anything the church may find abhorrent.