Sunday, February 3, 2013

LifeSiteNews refers to Russia's anti-gay laws as efforts 'to protect the nation's youth from homosexual exploitation'

Proposed anti-gay laws in Russia (that overwhelmingly passed in the Duma) are modeled after the law passed in St. Petersburg. The new law, punishes, by fine and possible imprisonment "public actions directed at the propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors. The law defines propaganda of homosexuality as "the targeted and uncontrolled dissemination of generally accessible information capable of harming the health and moral and spiritual development of minors," particularly that which could create "a distorted impression" of "marital relations."

In other words, it means whatever they want it to mean at the time they are determining what it means. The bottom line is that it stigmatizes LGBT people and essentially makes being gay a crime. I am at a loss to understand how this protects young people     some of whom are gay unless one is wed to the staggeringly ignorant belief that sexual orientation is a choice.

Vitaly V. Milonov, who drafted the St. Petersburg law is an outspoken proponent of Russia’s Orthodox Church. He routinely refers to gay people as "perverts"and has accused gay rights activists of waging an aggressive campaign of conversion among Russia’s children with the backing of Western governments. Vitaly has some catching up to do.

When these laws originally passed in St. Petersburg, Igor Kochetkov, the head of the Russian L.G.B.T. Network, a rights group based in St. Petersburg, called the premise of the law "absurd."
You can also adopt a law against turning off the light of the sun, but no one has the ability to do this. Even if someone wanted to, no amount of propaganda is going to turn a heterosexual gay.
As for LifesiteNews, they are just gushing with praise calling this law an effort to
... protect young people from sexual exploitation and fortify public morals. The national measure is reflective of similar laws that have been recently passed at the provincial level in Russia.

The movement to ban homosexual advocacy is an example of generalized resistance among Slavic countries to western Europe's and the United States' intense promotion of practices those nations consider sexually deviant.
LifeSiteNews, based in Canada, started as a Catholic anti-choice organization.  National Organization for Marriage's Thomas Peters is a frequent contributor.
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