Eugene Volokh supports the trial and jailing of anti-Putin rockers Pussy Riot.
I generally don’t like sentencing enhancements based on an offender’s anti-religious motivation, or on the religious nature of the institution against which the crime occurred, but even American law does often impose such enhancements. And a sentencing enhancement based on the trespass occurring at an institution being used by many people for quiet contemplation — a religious institution, a cemetery, a museum (especially a museum memorializing some solemn event), and so on — strikes me as proper.
The instinct of the Conservative is to side with Authority, which differentiates the Conservative from the Libertarian whose instincts are opposite. As a libertarian at heart I completely disagree with Volokh. He is apparently ignorant of the relationship between the government and the Russian Orthodox Church perhaps because there is no equivalent here in the US. The best analogy I can come up with is imagine the Dept of Health and Human Services was a religion, and Kathleen Sebelius wore a funny hat and stunk of incense instead of liberal shame. Then imagine Green Day performing a song in an HHS office. Would they get prison time? Nope. They might get fines of some sort, but prison time? Fat chance.
As a commenter to the piece writes “And I would hope that in some future America in which, say, the Roman Catholic Church were intertwining itself with a corrupt government, someone would protest it, even in the churches. Heck, especially in the churches.” That’s what PR is up against in Russia, and it is why they make every western punk and rock band of the past 20 years look lame in comparison even though their music sounds like squirrels being thrown into a chipper shredder.
One of my friends noted it’s pretty pathetic seeing Vladimir Putin, a man who flaunts his masculinity in public, running scared from a trio of young girls prancing around in sneakers and colorful skirts. Evidently these pussies have Putin running scared.