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The naughty-beyond-what-I-can-describe-here protesters had invaded Moscow’s Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Feb. 21, 2012, dancing in masks and singing obscenities. Except for the overt blasphemy of their choosing this location — the spot in the sanctuary where worshippers take Communion — it was tame for the group, known for explicit performances in museums and supermarkets.

“It’s almost like Missouri legislators are asking themselves ‘What would Putin do?’ and then taking it one step further,” Mr. Rothert said. “They seem to have forgotten that the USA has the First Amendment.”

On Sept. 28, 2012, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber dismissed the complaint, saying it would cause more harm to strike down the law than to leave it in place.

The House of Worship Protection Act makes it a second-class misdemeanor if a person or persons:

“(1) Intentionally and unreasonably disturbs, interrupts or disquiets any house of worship by using profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior, or making noise either within the house of worship or so near it as to disturb the order and solemnity of the worship services; or (2) Intentionally injures, intimidates, or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person lawfully exercising the right of religious freedom in or outside of a house of worship or seeking access to a house of worship, whether by force, threat or physical obstruction.”

A second offense rises to a first-degree misdemeanor, and a third offense makes it a felony.

Judging by his earlier remarks, it doesn’t sound like Mr. Rothert, who worries about cakes without icing, would have much of a problem with that female punk rock band coming into an American church shouting obscenities. Or maybe the girls could just do this on the sidewalk right outside a church.

One man’s riot is another man’s icing.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.