TheoCons Applaud Russia Anti-Gay Law


I’ve already noted that deranged bigot Scott Lively is a big fan of Russia’s new brutally oppressive anti-gay laws, but it turns out a bunch of other theocratic conservatives in this country are in favor of the bill too. The Associated Press reports:

The latest step drawing praise from social conservatives is a bill signed into law Sunday by President Vladimir Putin that would impose hefty fines for holding gay pride rallies or providing information about the gay community to minors.

“You admire some of the things they’re doing in Russia against propaganda,” said Austin Ruse, president of the U.S.-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. “On the other hand, you know it would be impossible to do that here.”

Ruse, whose institute is seeking accreditation at the United Nations, plans to travel to Russia this summer to meet with government officials and civic leaders.

“We want to let them know they do in fact have support among American NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on social issues,” he said.

Yeah, you could never do that here. Why? That pesky Bill of Rights. If only you could get rid of that, you could really get your authoritarian bigotry written into law and imprison those who advocate for equality.

Among others commending Russia’s anti-gay efforts was Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

“Russians do not want to follow America’s reckless and decadent promotion of gender confusion, sexual perversion, and anti-biblical ideologies to youth,” LaBarbera said on his website.

In a sign of Russia’s evolving stature among some U.S. social conservatives, the Illinois-based World Congress of Families plans to hold its eighth international conference at the Kremlin’s Palace of Congresses in Moscow next year. Past conferences in Europe, Mexico and Australia have brought together opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage from dozens of countries.

“The Kremlin used to be a no-no for conservatives,” said Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress. “We’re going to redeem that building.”

Very telling, don’t you think?

Jacobs, in an interview, drew a link between Russia’s disapproval of homosexuality and its worries about a population decline.

“They’ve got a problem with marriage rates and fertility, and it doesn’t help if you’re encouraging non-reproductive behavior,” he said.

Seriously? Do they think that if only they throw a bunch of gay people in jail the rest of them will stop being gay, marry women and start having babies?

Lively advocated training therapists in the techniques of helping gay people “recover” from same-sex attraction and he urged Russia to criminalize the public advocacy of homosexuality.

“Russia could become a model pro-family society,” he wrote. “If this were to occur, I believe people from the West would begin to emigrate to Russia in the same way that Russians used to emigrate to the United States and Europe.”

I think that is a wonderful idea, Mr. Lively. And I think you should lead the exodus.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    Very telling, don’t you think?

    Yeah, it’s very telling indeed that the reason that they are so enamoured with Russia is not because they have become a functional democracy.

    If I recall correctly, the former Soviet regime was none to friendly toward gays either. I bet the World Congress of Hate would have warmed up to the former Soviets pretty quickly, too.

  2. says

    Seriously? Do they think that if only they throw a bunch of gay people in jail the rest of them will stop being gay, marry women and start having babies?

    Why yes. Yes they do.

  3. John Pieret says

    “Russia could become a model pro-family society,” he wrote. “If this were to occur, I believe people from the West would begin to emigrate to Russia in the same way that Russians used to emigrate to the United States and Europe.”

    And I’m sure they’d love to have you … right after you converted to the Russian Orthodox church. That pesky Bill of Rights that protects gays from your theocratic bigotry wouldn’t be there to protect you from the growing theocracy of the Orthodox church:

    http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/April/Russian-Evangelicals-Leery-of-Orthodox-Church-/

  4. says

    “Russia could become a model pro-family society,” he wrote. “If this were to occur, I believe people from the West would begin to emigrate to Russia in the same way that Russians used to emigrate to the United States and Europe.”

    No social conservative will emigrate to a country which has actually adopted his or her political beliefs as law. The countries which actually have a higher standard for quality of life are liberal hellholes like Scandinavia. If you want to avoid gay and female equality you can go live in a utopia like Russia or Saudi Arabia, and nobody, not Lively or anyone else, will do that.

  5. abb3w says

    Seriously? Do they think that if only they throw a bunch of gay people in jail the rest of them will stop being gay, marry women and start having babies?

    No, no; it’s that if they throw a bunch of lesbians in jail, they can be raped by prison guards and wardens, and will then start having babies… though that would likely strain the Russian system of orphanariums some.

  6. says

    …Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute…

    They were 3rd runner up at the Ironic Naming Convention. They would’ve place higher, but they tripped during the swimsuit competition.

  7. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton

    Lively is probably going to be disappointed by the fact that most likely very few evangelicals will flee the “evil” tolerance of the US for Russia any time soon.

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