Putin For Religion, Sort Of

Our Wonderful Leader, the Noble and ever Knowing Vladimir Putin came out against Muslim women wearing the hijab in schools. “We must always treat the religious feelings of people with great respect.” But, “we have a secular state and we must proceed from this basis.” He responded to complaints from Muslim leaders in Russia who are upset because some girls refuse to learn if not allowed to wear the hijab. Actually, the teacher said they could wear ordinary headscarves  which certainly allows them to cover heads.

I am still a bit confused by the Putin statement that Russia is a secular state. He just supported sending to prison three young girls who showed “disrespect” for a church. Which is it–secular Russia or religious Russia??