Skip to comments.Russia Has More Freedom of Speech Than USA, Graduate of Russian Theological Seminary in US Believes
Posted on 12/07/2010 6:45:05 AM PST by marshmallow
Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Hieromonk Makary (Markish), lecturer of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk seminary, who worked as a programmer in the USA and graduated from the ROCOR Holy Trinity seminary believes that Russian citizens have more freedom of self-expression than Americans.
"Those who remember Soviet rule should lose their tongue, if they start speaking about lacking freedom of self-expression. I lived in the USA and here in Russia freedom of expression is much higher than in the States though they have 200 year old democratic tradition," Father Makary said in his interview with Interfax-Religion.
According to him, "the fact that anyone can post whatever he or she wants in Internet" proves it.
Speaking about the conflict around cutting down Khimki Forest, the priest said that "there are many such conflicts" in the USA and such conflicts are not harmful as thus "people learn to defend their interests, they become more active, informed, educated, form groups of opposition."
"The example of the Khimki Forest revealed our childish inexperience, naivety in settling the conflict in a normal democratic society," Fr. Makary said.
He is convinced that "Russia is a nation that should exist independently" and has global spiritual task. Thus, the priest believes, "we should survive as a nation."
So tell me, how many American anti-Bush journalists were systematically murdered as seems to be the fate of Russian anti-Putin journalists of late.
In Russia they don’t have the PC police. Maybe they can call it like it is without the risk of being painted a racist, sexist, homophobe, anti-muslim, anti-semite and on and on.
Putin and his fellow KGB thugs who run Russia suck.
(Five minutes later) Ouch, that bullet in my head really hurts.
In Russia, you can say anything you want, until you are killed.
The guy is nuts. Put him in a straight jacket before he hurts someone.
Russians have always been more blunt about many things and the women haev a history of being snipers during WWII. I think it has to do with their culture being based more on realism than worrying about offending someone.
Yes you are free to express yourself. As long as you are willing to die shortly after.
If the stories about the murders of journalists have anything to them, I doubt that we are less free than the Russians - but Obama is working on it.
The Russians aren’t hampered by PC proclivities so in that regard they are definitely freer.
The MSM hasn’t outright killed anyone yet but sentiments of murdering conservatives is certainly permeating in their smokey backrooms. I’m sure they would not hesitate to act accordingly if given the legal opportunity.
American journalists and academics are just fired if they push the PC envelope.
IN SOVIET RUSSIA, SPEECH HAS FREEDOM FROM YOU!!!!
I’m sure NPR would have had Juan Williams meet an untimely demise in a well orchestrated “auto accident” if they could have.
Apart from a pile of BS like Russia is to exist independently etc nationalist agenda he is indoctrinated by his government media he got some points right.
Russians did greatly improved in understanding of liberties since Soviet collapse and he is not the first Russian I see who views PC as a fatal threat to freedom.
In fact it was Soviets who pioneered PC using it in 20s to penetrate elites with proletariat.
It was a failure for their society and whose of them who can compare modern America with Soviet Russia are always wondering on how similar it is turning to be. And the main feature thay are mentioning is a PC as a tool of widow hunting and labeling people who are against liberal or communist mainstream.
BTW, an opression of freedom of speech in Russia is greatly exagerrated by liberals and communists who are an opposition to their present government.
It is true that government controls most of a TV stations in Russia but it only comes out of a fact their shareholders are voters and supporters of ruling party while opposition is unable to afford a channel.
It is in fact very similar to US. You will hardly see a liberal agenda pushed by Fox. At the same time, unlike Russia, America has rich libs who has their TV stations and they won’t let conservatives there.
For that same reason Russian editors don’t want to see libs defending ‘innocent muslims’ and commies seeking equality ‘stolen by corporations’. They just don’t want to lose their ratings and jobs.
At the same time, Russia has tonns of papers and magazines representing every kind of views including as radical as you won’t see in US due to a fear of publisher to get sued or imprisoned. It won’t just happen there cause they don’t accept an idea of PC anymore. Gays are officially named as deviant sexually oriented there, disabled people are invalids, and a big black suspect is listed as a ‘fat negr’ on police wanted list. Not to mention they are not inventing PC phrases to name muslim terrorists as they are. Internet media has even more freedom there criticizing every official including Putin and his policies in a way no US media will.
The problem with that medias is a lack of interest from the majority of population. They are only attracts libs and commies who are a 15% of voters at max.
For that same reason i do believe Russian government is not involved in killing of journalists criticizing them. Nobody is listening them there.
It is libs and commies who are interested in killing their pals to get a few more attention because their deaths are making more news than their lives.
widow hunting = witch hunting