US Haters Praise Russia'a Anti-Gay Bill
Unsurprisingly, the enemies of civil equality here in America are doing cartwheels over Russia's ban on "gay propaganda," which was just signed into law by Putin. Via ABC News:
"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.(Tipped by JMG reader Rich)
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.
Scott Lively, a Massachusetts-based evangelical lawyer and activist, conducted a 50-city speaking tour of Russia in 2007, and says the current bill reflects policies that he advocated at the time. At the end of his tour, Lively released a "Letter to the Russian People," and he redistributed it this month after the parliament vote. "The purpose of my visit was to bring a warning about the homosexual political movement which has done much damage to my country," he wrote in the letter. "This is a very fast-growing social cancer that will destroy the family foundations of your society if you do not take immediate, effective action to stop it."