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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Saturday, 27 March 2004

Moscow bans Jehovah's Witnesses - not everything in Putin's Russia is bad (wry wink!)

Apparently a Russian court has barred this crackpot group of so-called Christians from operating in Moscow. Donning my 'politically correct' hat for a few moments, this is obviously a deplorable move, restricting a perfectly valid belief system. Alternatively, and having witnessed (to coin a phrase) the dubious practices of this outfit of weirdos, I can't really get overly worked up about this - obviously we can't follow the example of the Russian court here in the UK, but I dearly wish we could.

No doubt similar scruples explain why the ban on Scientology, put in place in 1968, was lifted in 1980. The French authorities, much more recently, were sufficiently worried to contemplate a ban in Paris.

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