Pussy Riot were not the first people to cause trouble in a place of worship.

There seems to be a tradition for protest in holy places with the following example going bit further than dancing around with balaclavas on with the idealistic young man causing some damage and chasing people out of the place of worship with a whip.

A long time ago the young, idealistic man went into temple and didn’t like what he saw there and returned the next day and made a whip out of cords, or small ropes and drove the money changers out along with the sheep, oxen, and doves. He turned the tables over and poured out the money on the floor of the temple.

He said, “Take these things away! My Father’s house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”

The religious leaders were very upset by all this and they began looking for a way to destroy Jesus. However, they were afraid of him because all the people were amazed at his teaching.

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