Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin is being called out for his hypocritical statements on America’s values.

Last month, when Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his State of the Nation speech, he claimed that Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values.” He added that he felt this way because in the U.S, and many other countries, policies have been enacted hat “place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.” Russia, however, has only recently put in place laws that are designed to prevent homosexuality and criminalization of “insulting of religious sensibilities.”

What Exactly Does Religious Sensibilities Mean to Putin?

New laws were put in place just after Pussy Riot, a female punk rock group, led a protest at Moscow’s largest cathedral. According to the TV, the group had been given funding by “some Americans” to run their “demonic” protest. The more extreme Orthodox groups, including ones like the Union of Orthodox Banner Bearers who took the slogan “Orthodoxy or Death”, have begun to gain higher leverage in the nation.

However, in 1983, a mere 32 years ago, the United States was the one condemning Russia as “godless.” Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, declared that Americans should “pray that they will discover the joy of knowing God.” He added that, until they do know God, “they are the focus of evil in the modern world” for aiming to eventually have total control over all the people on the planet.

In 1995, a Russian presidential committee report was released that documented the execution, destruction and terror that occurred between 1917 and 1980. The report detailed that from 1917-1937, Soviet authority had murdered 200,000 believers and clergy members. They killed them in a variety of torturous ways, including crucifixion and scalping. In addition, between 1922 and 1980, 500,000 religious figures were murdered with 40,000 churches destroyed, along with mosques and synagogues. The head of the Commission for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Political Repression said that the most disturbing accounts he read were about the “priests turned into columns of ice in winter.” He said the whole situation was nothing but cruelty.

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