So, two years in prison for the members of Pussy Riot as a consequence of their foul and insulting behaviour inside a church. The western world is outraged and takes the severity of the sentence as evidence that Russia is a totalitarian state where everyone does as Putin wants. Thank God we’re not like that over here, huh? We live in a democracy where one is free to lampoon all religious belief without punitive action descending upon us by the state.

Which will be news to Andrew Ryan, among others – he was sentenced to 70 days in jail for setting fire to a copy of the Koran. And the two men who received one year in prison for spray painting a poppy, on the side of a mosque. And then there’s Abu Hamza al Masri, the hook-handed cleric, who is still in prison for having said stuff with which the majority of us disagreed. Accused of inciting racial and religious hatred he has now been in Belmarsh for EIGHT YEARS.

And how about the naked rambler, kept in solitary confinement (largely) for six years simply for walking about with no clothes on?

Such monumental hypocrisy.

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