Skip to comments.Russian Fundamentalists Sue US, Want Alaska Back
Posted on 03/16/2013 11:06:46 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Moscow, March 16 (RIA Novosti) US President Barack Obama must have known that his support of gay marriage would bring him trouble. But of all possible repercussions, a demand to roll back Alaskas 1867 sale to the United States was one he was unlikely to have seen coming.
And yet that was the very claim that an ultraconservative religious group made in a Moscow arbitrage court, citing the need to protect fellow Christians from sin.
Obamas alleged plans to legalize the so-called same-sex marriage threaten the freedom of religion of Alaskas Orthodox Christians, who would never accept sin for normal behavior, the nongovernmental group Pchyolki (Bees) said.
We see it as our duty to protect their right to freely practice their religion, which allows no tolerance to sin, the group said in a statement on their website.
The Pchyolki also cited technical violations of the terms of the 1867 deal that saw Russia sell Alaska to the US government for $7.2 million, or 2 cents per acre. Payment was made by check and not golden coin as specified in the contract, the group said.
The lawsuit, filed in January but not reported by media until this week, was not processed because the Pchyolki failed to include a handful of mandatory papers, including documents to justify their claims, according to Moscow arbitrage courts website. The group had until last week to provide the required paperwork, but failed to do so for reasons left unspecified.
Among the papers the group failed to file was also a notification to the defendant, the US government, which may account for it not having commented on the lawsuit so far.
The Pchyolki are a relatively obscure group created in 2008 to protect orphans rights in Russia, which it did by campaigning against sexual education in schools, among other things.
Their biggest claim to fame, until the Alaska lawsuit, was last years instruction for believers published after punk band Pussy Riots notorious performance in a Moscow church. The instruction on protecting places of worship from blasphemers advised to distract the offenders by spitting in their faces, ruin their recording equipment if they have any with holy water and detain them, with bloodshed deemed acceptable as long as it happens outside the church grounds.
The Russian Orthodox Church estimated its flock in Alaska at about 50,000 of the states total population of 730,000, the BBC said in 2010, adding that the faith was the main legacy of Russias 68-year-long rule over the northern territory.
Obama has often spoken in support of LGBT rights, including in his 2012 presidential address. But though he criticized bans on gay marriage imposed in various US states, he never voiced plans for a federal bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Tags: gay marriage, Pchyolki (Bees), LGBT, Barack Obama, Alaska
Any chance we could give them California instead?
This is known as the Moscow flim-flam.
He’ll give it back to them, no charge. Oh, and every citizen within its borders, too. And the oil.
Let them have Hawaii.
“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” - Barack Hussein Obama to Dmitry Medvedev.
I would give them everything West of Arizona and South of Montaina.
I’m just glad that I didn’t pursue that degree in Soviet studies that I was so hot to trot about in the 1980s.
Actually, I guess I would be pretty much where I am anyway.
Or rather Kenya
I was curious myself so checked:
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If I were a Russian ‘fundamentalist’, that’s what I’d be doing. But as an American ‘fundamentalist’ I say to hell with their plan, we already paid for Alaska.
Of course, 0bama is going to be head over heels in love with the plan of giving it back, so he can feel like he was a better international ‘fundamentalist’ than Jimmah Carter who gave over the Panama canal.
If things get any worse under this president, Alaskans may just give themselves to Russia.
> If things get any worse under this president, Alaskans may just give themselves to Russia.
“As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where - where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.” — Governor Sarah Palin, September 24, 2008.
I wonder what the current day market value for all of Alaska is if you account for all of it’s land, resources and GDP?
Back in the 80s, the Crimson Twins had a sum total in this GI Joe episode.
A couple more years of Obama and the democRAT Senate, and Alaska might want Russia back!
Russian lawyers have to eat too
If there are no ambulances to chase in Siberia, let them go to Alaska