Wait until they get around to Jesus Christ

While watching the news about the turmoil in Pakistan, waiting to see how it develops, I couldn't help noticing some crazy news from Russia:
Russia prohibits denial of Santa.

The Russian government has banned a television advertisement for denying the existence of Father Christmas.

The ad for Eto electrical stores stated Father Frost, Russia's version of Father Christmas, did not exist.

The Federal anti-Monopoly Service said the ad had broken rules for advertisers not to discredit parents and teachers.

It said that declaring that Father Frost did not exist
implied that parents were not telling the truth, so undermining
childrens' trust in them.

The ad "induces negative relations between children and
parents", Andrei Kashevarov, the service's deputy director, told
Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

This shouldn't surprise me as much as it does: obedience to authority through right and (mostly) wrong has been a feature of Russian government for...a very long time.


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