Law and religion round-up – 22nd July

Pussy Riot and “religious hatred”, cathedral repairs, no-fault divorce, a sinister proposal in Lower Austria – and an own goal by IICSA

Pussy Riot

In 2012, three members of the punk band Pussy Riot tried to perform one of their songs, Virgin Mary, Drive Putin Away, in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. They were arrested, convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and jailed, the District Court observing that their behaviour “[did] not respect the canons of the Orthodox Church, irrespective of whether it takes place in a cathedral or outside its walls”. Continue reading