Russia May Outlaw Pro-Equality Expression

Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church are supporting a new law that would make it illegal to protest in favor of gay rights in that nation and punish the dissemination of “homosexual propaganda.” Because the church is always happy to oppress those they disapprove of if they can get the power to do so.

The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books.

The bill is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and church see as corrupting Russian youth and by extension contributing to a wave of protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

I think a few wingnut heads may explode when they find out that “traditional Russian values” are identical to those “traditional American values” they like to blather on about.

Levada polls conducted last year show that almost two thirds of Russians find homosexuality “morally unacceptable and worth condemning.” About half are against gay rallies and same-sex marriage; almost a third think homosexuality is the result of “a sickness or a psychological trauma,” the Levada surveys show.

Russia’s widespread hostility to homosexuality is shared by the political and religious elite.

Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates and said they should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment or be exiled. Orthodox activists criticized U.S. company PepsiCo for using a “gay” rainbow on cartons of its dairy products. An executive with a government-run television network said in a nationally televised talk show that gays should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm and organs for transplants, while after death their hearts should be burned or buried.

There’s something of a reverse Overton window at work here. In a nation with a long history of repressive policies and little respect for individual rights, the church and the political elite can get away with taking a much harsher stand than is acceptable in the United States.

16 comments on this post.
  1. baal:

    Dear xtian friends, this blog post is only one of many that suggest having a State religion is a really bad idea. Religionists with political power pretty much always start hammering on the outgroups. We (ME!) don’t see nearly as many counter examples of xtians pushing for more governmental aid to the poor or other worthwhile government centric help to a given society.

    Also, “Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates “<–total fucking lie.
    Birth rates go down with lower standards of living; if you want higher birthrates, curb pollution, corruption and wage disparities. Also, consider allowing more immigration. You'll note that those issues have nothing to do with gay or not.

  2. busterggi:

    Rasputin, your time has come again.

  3. John Hinkle:

    …would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.”

    The kiddies are the least of their problems. They should worry about the smiting they’re going to get for allowing mixed fiber clothing and the consumption of shellfish. It’s not nice to fool with Father YHWH.

  4. coragyps:

    “after death their hearts should be burned or buried”

    What?? No stakes driven through them??

    WTF??

  5. fantysq (a Radical Feminist and a Militant Atheist):

    I think their main enemy is cable TV. My mum constantly watches the Hallmark Channel (all dubbed in Russian),. and the characters in those movies are awfully accepting of homosexuality. (At least from what I’ve seen. My mum watches those films, not me.)

  6. tbp1:

    Nothing says that you have confidence in the merits of your position than forbidding discussion of any opposing viewpoint.

  7. anubisprime:

    Yep Putin and the Russian Orthodox jeebus droolers are in each others beds so much they stink of each other.

    Pussy riot fiasco was just a taster of the insanity…it will get worse…for all of the progressive ways of his country in recent years Putin cannot shake his KGB past and does not seem particularly bothered to do so.
    Seems his ego and character views the old KGB and NKVD as the natural way of his world and is therefore loath to let it go!.

    And like all dark legions globally dedicated to a fucking fairy story the ROC lurve’ ‘em some power cos they are just as ruthless in the dissident eradication pogroms.
    And considering they are rooted in the RCC originally they tend to extreme hatred of teh gheys!
    Seems it is a curse that runs in their veins like green toxic sludgy blood.

    Tis a combination where they are symbiotic leeches…and ever has it been so.

  8. joe321:

    I read this story on Yahoo. It included this pearl:

    When a dozen masked men entered a Moscow night club during a “coming out party” that campaigner Samburov organized in October, he thought they were part of the show. But then one of the masked men yelled, “Have you ordered up a fight? Here you go!” The men overturned tables, smashed dishes and beat, kicked and sprayed mace at the five dozen men and women who had gathered at the gay-friendly Freedays club, Samburov and the club’s administration said.

    Four club patrons were injured, including a young woman who got broken glass in her eye, police said. Although a police station was nearby, Samburov said, it took police officers half an hour to arrive. The attackers remain unidentified.

    On the next day, an Orthodox priest said he regretted that his religious role had not allowed him to participate in the beating.

    Another excellent example of Xtian love.

  9. d.c.wilson:

    I figure we’re about five to ten years away from Putin claiming the title of czar.

  10. Jeremy Shaffer:

    An executive with a government-run television network said in a nationally televised talk show that gays should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm and organs for transplants, while after death their hearts should be burned or buried.

    So gay= vampire? I guess they steal their victim’s heterosexuality instead of their precious bodily fluids.

  11. Wes:

    It’s not just anti-gay bigotry that prevalent throughout Russia. They also indulge in some of the old classic forms of bigotry, too:

    A group of fans who support Russian soccer giant Zenit St Petersburg has unveiled a manifesto urging the club not to sign black players.

    The Landscrona group posted the “Selection 12 manifesto” on its website Monday, prompting the club to issue its own statement to CNN emphasizing its policy of diversity and tolerance.

    Zenit spent a reported $103 million on black players Hulk, from Brazil, and Belgium international Axel Witsel in September.

    The Brazilian striker’s arrival has caused problems within the squad, with Zenit captain Igor Denisov dropped to the reserve team after complaining about Hulk’s arrival and the wages he commands.

    Racism row shines light on Serbian football

    In a detailed letter on its website, Landscrona stated their opposition to Zenit signing any players who are black or gay.

    “We’re not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.” the letter said. “We are against representatives of sexual minorities playing for Zenit.

    “For us it is crucial (Zenit) has retained its own identity, and not turned into an average European team, with a standard set of foreign players.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/sport/football/football-racism-zenit-russia/index.html

    “We’re not racists. We just don’t want any black people around.” Real gut-buster there. But yeah, in Russia, racially integrating sports is still controversial. Seriously, guys, we got the ball rolling on that back in the 1950s. Try to keep up.

  12. Nihilismus:

    Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates and said they should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment or be exiled.

    If they are not choosing to have children, how will exiling them increase birth rates? Also, even if they wanted to have children, limiting their stable career options (government jobs) might lead them to think they could not financially support those children, so why bother? Lack of income might also make them less attractive to potential mates with whom to have children.

    An executive with a government-run television network said in a nationally televised talk show that gays should be prohibited from donating . . . sperm . . . .

    Uh…but doesn’t donating sperm help with the birth rate? I’m beginning to think this birth rate argument might be pretext.

  13. Robert B.:

    Wait… one sixth of Russians think homosexuality is morally unacceptable, but we should be allowed to get married anyway? I’m having a Josh Lyman moment here…

  14. Forbidden Snowflake:

    Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates

    Nonsense, obviously. The outrageous numbers of orphans in Russia tell us that the problem isn’t the low birth rates, but that even these low birth rates result in more children than Russians can care for. The key is raising Russians’ capacity for child rearing, but that would require fighting poverty and corruption, and improving access to education and healthcare, which is Really Hard. Way harder than hounding minorities and winning brownie points with bigots.

  15. escuerd:

    If they are not choosing to have children, how will exiling them increase birth rates?

    I suspect that, in their minds, gayness is something that can be spread. E.g. a learned behavior. Kick all the gay people out, and they can’t spread it to others. You know, the way widespread acceptance of gay people in some countries has caused the majority of people to become gay and stop reproducing.

    Moronic, but that sort of brain-addled reasoning seems fairly typical of anti-gay bigots. Low birthrate or no, someone certainly shouldn’t be breeding.

  16. Robert B.:

    If they are not choosing to have children, how will exiling them increase birth rates?

    Also, birth rate is usually measured as live births per thousand population. So, exiling gay people won’t make any more babies, but the birth rate really will go up.

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