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Russia makes it illegal to insult the “feelings of religious believers”

Life is white. And I am black. Jesus and his lawyer are coming back.
–The Eels, from "Novocaine for the Soul," 1996

I can’t vouch for Jesus, but his lawyers might want to gear up for a potential flurry of activity in Russia. The representatives of other religions, and even atheists, might want to lawyer up as well. Why?

Let me start with my memory of a Facebook status (the quotation may be slightly inexact) posted by a Russian acquaintance at some point in mid-2012:

Who will protect my feelings as an atheist?

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