U.S. public figure calls for punishment for Pussy Riot

Lawrence Jacobs, vice president of the World Congress of Families, said U.S. President Barack Obama should follow the example of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

"How sad and ironic is it that the Russian President (labeled a communist dictator by many in the Western media elite) is the one defending laws and morality consistent with the freedom in the U.S. Constitution while our socialist American President has launched an all out assault against religious freedom and the moral and religious people of America," Jacobs said in a statement posted on the Interfax-Religion website.

"America's 2nd president, John Adams once spoke of the freedoms offered to Americans saying that "Our [U.S.] Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other," Jacobs said.

Jacobs believes that people who break into temples to commit acts of vandalism should not be acquitted in Russia or anywhere else in the world.

"Criminal responsibility for such actions is reasonable measure to protect believers from attacks of extremists of any kind," he said.

"It should be embarrassing to U.S. government, that while Russia has been quick to punish violence against religious believers, the Obama administration continues to encourage violence and discrimination against Christians and people of faith by asking them to violate their beliefs and conscience by paying for healthcare plans that force coverage of harmful abortion procedures and coverage of abortifacient contraceptives that are dangerous to women," the statement says.

"I condemn the desire to set a new dividing line between Russia and Western countries saying that such expressions of freedom are recognized as a norm in Europe and the United States," Jacobs said in his statement.

"Many Americans feel insulted by Pussy Riot act, as well as the Russian people. and I have no doubts that in my country such a crime would be punished under trespassing, public nudity, and vandalism laws. In fact, just the repeated saying of the band's name (a shameful vulgarity and degradation of women) in the presence of minor children could be considered profanity and violate decency laws in the United States. The leftists and secular, post-modern media continue to put our children at risk while falsely accusing the Church.

The World Congress of Families is an international chain of organizations, scientists, leaders and volunteers from over sixty countries campaigning for family values.

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