….By Speaking Truth. Journalist James Kirchick, a friend of this forum, appeared on Russia’s international English-language propaganda channel “RT” and expressed himself about Russia’s anti-gay laws and the Putin government’s violence-promoting crackdown against gay Russians.
With more and more people speaking out, one wonders what to expect at Sochi. Given the high profile and success of gay activism in the last few years, it’s doubtful the Russians will be able to stage the kind of uplifting spectacle most of us have come to expect from the Olympic games. We may be in for an altogether different kind of fireworks.
While it is among the most evil manifestations, Russia’s homophobia is just one symptom of its collectivist and tyrannous history. It acts as a reminder that tolerance does not require secularity so much as a free society where all individuals, regardless of their religion, political beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation, are allowed to live their lives in peace without state interference.
Furthermore. Sadly, according to many accounts, Putin’s anti-gay campaign has increased his popularity within Russia. Via Hot Air:
[Putin] needed an enemy on which to focus the public’s attention and so he chose gays, partly because he could portray them popularly as a threat to the Russian Orthodox Church and partly because it would allow him to draw a contrast with how gays are treated in the feared and loathed west. Why he didn’t choose Jews as the designated scapegoat instead, as many Russian leaders before him have, I don’t know. Could be that global awareness of anti-semitism as a tool of oppression is now such that no “respectable” fascist outside the Middle East will practice it too overtly. Better to beat on the gays instead, he probably figures, since he can still get international backing from some world leaders on that in public.