Given FEMEN’s criminality, the group gets surprisingly good press here in the US. Consider that FEMEN vandals targeted Notre Dame Cathedral, took a chainsaw to a cross in Ukraine, and desecrated altars throughout France. I wonder how many Christian American men could get away with doing the same to mosques, or Muslims to synagogues. Not a one, I’d wager. Merely disrupting a service while shouting militant slogans would earn the “activist” years in prison for terrorism with a hate crime enhancement.
But some animals are more equal than others, and anti-religious vandals have a way of escaping consequences for their actions, especially if they cloak themselves in fashionable causes such as feminism. However, after a certain point, even they can wear out their welcome:
She quickly seduced French officialdom after arriving from Ukraine, winning political asylum within a year of her application. Her visage, framed in blond hair crowned with flowers, helped inspire France’s latest postage stamp.
The sweet start for 23-year-old Inna Shevchenko is souring. The defiant chief of the Ukraine-born Femen movement now risks up to five years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($103,000) fine for bashing brand new bells at Notre Dame Cathedral a year ago — and allegedly damaging one. Dressed only in pantyhose, she and eight others were celebrating the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Femen has orchestrated a raft of bare-breasted protests with a range of targets: near the Vatican, in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, near the Grand Mosque of Paris and in several churches outside France, including at Christmas Mass at Cologne Cathedral. There, a single topless woman with “I am God” painted on her chest briefly jumped onto the altar.
“Of course, I was scared” after the Ukraine protest, she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But this is not that fear that will make you stop your activity. We are scared to not be able to continue our activity.”
Shevchenko has announced plans to expand Femen’s footprint from nine countries mostly in Europe to the United States, most likely in New York or Washington, D.C. The group’s Ukraine headquarters has been shut down.
You’d think that if Shevchenko were really such a hero who always headed for action, she’d have been in Kiev for the last couple of weeks. Instead, the group vanished after a few were arrested last month in Maidan Square, and it doesn’t look like they have any plans to return. No, she wants to go to real “problem” areas, like Washington and New York.
However, in the US, perhaps she can carry her aggressive strain of anti-Christian activism to the next level, and this is why I’m not entirely opposed to her efforts. If she starts attacking Evangelical megachurches, maybe these institutions will finally get a clue about feminism. Perhaps their pastors will have to take sides on the issue, which they have skirted for years with the anti-patriarchal sermons and dogma that Dalrock so artfully exposes.