Skip to comments.What You Hear About Gays in Russia Is 'Largely False,' Expert Says
Posted on 11/23/2013 7:59:28 PM PST by SeekAndFind
WASHINGTON Reports of the Russian government abusing its gay citizens are based upon false propaganda by gay rights groups in the United States, Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, claimed at a Nov. 15 symposium hosted by The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.
"Please understand what's really going on in Russia and cast aside all of the propaganda that you hear in the United States and elsewhere. It's just not true," Ruse urged.
He was the main speaker at the symposium, "Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?" and was joined by Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, senior fellow of Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute, and Dr. Allan Carlson, president of The Howard Center.
Gays in Russia, he said, do not support the calls from American gay rights groups for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in Russia. He recalled being part of a panel on Russian television with gay rights advocates who called on their American counterparts "to cut it out with regard to the Olympics" and "let the Olympics go forward," because "you guys have a big misunderstanding about the way we live our lives."
Homosexuality and homosexual acts are not illegal in Russia, Ruse explained, like they were during the previous Soviet regime. Gays in Russia live without fear of reprisal from their government. An Internet search of "gay Moscow" reveals a few dozen bars and nightclubs that cater to an openly gay clientele. And, popular Russian television shows feature openly gay characters.
Russians do, though, resist the "political movement to regularize" homosexuality, because "they view this as harmful to children and society."
"They are appalled, as are many Americans, at how these sexual practices are celebrated in the United States," Ruse added. For an example, he mentioned that "the state of California now mandates the teaching of homosexuality to schoolchildren."
Ruse mentioned that his organization does find common cause with gay rights groups in condemning violence against gays, which is a problem in Russia. Recently, there have been gay pride parades and a film festival where counter-demonstrators attacked gays. The Russian government was not complicit in these attacks, though. Indeed, authorities arrested the attackers and allowed the gay pride events to continue.
"Intolerant people are attacking homosexuals," Ruse said. "We, as peace-loving, pro-life, pro-family people, abhor that, condemn that. We believe that all human beings are covered by all human rights treaties, therefore, [gays] are absolutely protected."
Violence against gays in Russia is a big problem that needs to be fixed, he added, but Russians also have a right to be concerned about exposing children to homosexual practices.
"While we do, and should, deplore laws that allow violence against homosexuals, the bottom line for Russia, and elsewhere, is that there is no human right to teach children about sexual practices."
The symposium almost had to be canceled due to complaints from gay rights groups that believed the views expressed should be silenced.
And yet, are their any gay bars in Tehran? Any members of GLAAD, the Lambda Society, ActUp, etc. living in Afghanistan, Cairo, Benghazi, etc. enjoying the same rights and level of security that they do here? Anyone ever hear of the Gaza chapter of Dykes on Bikes?
I remember in 2010 when Carl Paladino was running for governor against Andrew Cuomo.
Paladino criticized Cuomo for taking his young kids to a gay parade ( you know, where gays actually get to strut their stuff in public and celebrate their “love” by kissing publicly ).
In a sane world, people would be appalled at what Cuomo did. Instead, Paladino was attacked by the media for being “intolerant” and Cuomo praised for being open-minded and tolerant.
Something like this could not have been allowed in Russia.
Gays can strut their stuff in private there, it is not illegal. But when they try to expose their lifestyle in public, such actions are banned.
The very first evidence in the article to indicate toleration of sodomite behavior in Russia is that there are dozens of “gay bars” in Moscow. This says something productive about sodomites?
Vladimir Putin is the only Western leader defending Christian Orthodoxy.
There is no middle ground with the sodomite. Great persecution of those who hold to what is right in God's law is coming.
Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. George Washington observed that nations are judged in this life. Here're we are.
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