Anti-blasphemy Law Pending in Russia

An anti-blasphemy law is awaiting third reading before it can become law in Russia. Critics of the Right to Exercise Religious Liberty bill claim that it is vague and over-broad resulting in not only those of minority faiths and atheists who express contrary religious views violating the bill but also majority believers who express contrary religious opinions. Those supporting the bill disagree claiming that only those who intentionally perform public acts insulting religion violate the bill. Supporters also state that the bill was drafted to include offending the religious sensibilities not only of the Russian Orthodox faith but all major religions found in Russia.

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