Moscow Court Flushes South Park Claim

A court in Russia has dismissed a legal case a religious group brought against broadcaster 2X2 for showing an episode of South Park.

The Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith alleged the episode titled ‘Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics’ violated Russian law by being insulting to religious people and inciting religious and national hatred, Variety reports.

The Moscow court, however, dismissed the claim after several months of consideration.

2X2 is an adult cartoon channel that is part of ProfMedia, owned by billionaire Vladimir Potanin.

The episode, which first aired in the United States in 1999, features Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo hosting a variety-show style episode in which various South Park characters sing and spoof holiday songs.

The church vowed to continue to fight.