As I have said before, when religions are in the minority, they tend to emphasize tolerance and acceptance of diverse views. It is only when they get political power or influence that they reveal their true intolerant natures. Even if they do not become a state religion, as long as political leaders feel they are important enough to pander to, they start to suppress anyone or anything that opposes them.
Russia is a good case in point. The Communist revolution displaced the Russian Orthodox Church from having much political influence but now we see that Vladimir Putin seems to want to pander to them. As a result, he has agreed to the request of the head of the church patriarch Kirilli I to crack down on critics and unbelievers and criminalize blasphemy, in order to ‘protect the religious feelings of believers’.
It does not seem to matter that Kirilli has already been revealed to be hypocrite and a liar, whose shenanigans were hilariously exposed by bloggers. This may be why he wants to have the government crack down, so his future dishonest acts won’t be exposed.