The church and state are hard to completely separate. In the West they have historically had much closer ties. One thing I find interesting is that when advocating for laws that some perceive as ‘religious’ the objectors will shout that you can’t have laws based on religious faith. That is an interesting claim. For many people the law against murder is at least in part based on religious faith. Are we expected to get rid of those laws? Laws concerning social welfare are very much linked to religious faith. But the same people who object to an abortion law, because it is religious, don’t get their dander up over welfare laws.
In the past we had many laws that was in large part based on religious belief. We had blue laws, crimes against nature laws, marriage law and more. It appears to me the courts, which really control the law, and the people have no problem with religious based laws unless they restrict our ability to have sex with whoever we want and in whatever way we want or in some other way stop us from being entertained or distracted.
They did no such thing. The US constitution prohibited a national state church and infringements on the free exercise of religion. Many of the states that signed the federal constitution had state churches, religious test, and otherwise supported a specific religion. This separation of church and state is a later invention made law by the courts. Obviously the original intent was not how it is treated today based on the evidence from the various states.
I don’t claim to know what happened, but a quote form Thomas Jefferson resonates with me. He said, ‘the man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers’. The few media companies that control most of the information presented to the American people are not best at informing people of the facts. They are good at sensationalizing stories and creating controversy.
I see claims like this frequently made. More typically it is addressed at Islamic terror. My question is why do you expect you would be informed of such a thing if it did occur? If Putin was scolded how would you know the Orthodox church did so? You would likely rely on the US media to discover this for you and report it enough that you encounter the story. My observation of the media is that it covers very few stories in depth. It will find some sensational story and run it seemingly non stop. But when you look at what they are presenting it is just a few of the same facts (which may change later), lots of opinion, and, with many shows, lots of yelling and talking over people. If you want to know what some celebrity is doing you’ll find plenty of coverage of that. If you want to know the intricate details of an event on the other side of the world good luck.
Concerning this particular issue it might be that the Russian people perceive the event differently from Americans and contest what Americans assert as fact.