I'm Gay, and reading something like they're doing in Chechnya scares me!
Im Bi leaning on the lesbian side. Between this and what happened to pussy riot and Putin's opposition and the free press and The invasions.............I think it's safe to say Russia is NOT a friend we need to associate with.
The leader of this region where it's happening says simply gays don't exist and we remove those in danger of being gay or some bullshit answer like that. Journalists who report on this are also in danger
It's true! I've been right on the nose so far. I've never been so unhappy to be correct
Not only that but they cop out of all responsibility by saying FAKE NOOOZE (tm)
Should note that Chechnya is a majority-Muslim area. Russia is already known for being quite homophobic, but add Islamism into the mix and you have even more trouble.
Janet, conservatives never said Russia was OK. How they feel about gays was probably not on the top of the list of concerns to be honest, but this love affair between Russia and the right is pure fantasy spun by the MSM.
Maybe we should take a look at what Obama did to help gays in Russia when he was in office. Hang on, let me look that up. ..........
Wait a sec, I'm sure there is something, .... Ahhh, no, that's the red line thing, .... Here we , ... nope, that's just Obama promising to be more flexible after he wins the election.
Unfortunately anti-gay hysteria and it's accompanying violence is not new. The rhetoric used by anti-gay groups, religious leaders and government officials is always the same. Comparing homosexuality to pedophilia, drug addiction, mental illness, crime, disease, immorality, sin, etc...claiming it is a danger to families, society, etc...And the results are always the same as well.
In 2013 Uganda passed a bill criminalizing homosexuality with life in prison. The government and many churches openly and loudly push an ideology designed to increase hatred and fear of LGBT people. Newspapers began "outing" people on their front pages which led to an increase in crimes against LGBT people, including several murders of gay rights activists.
In 2014 Putin signed a law that amended Russia's child protection law. That law banned all "homosexual propaganda" which they defined as "any material that presents the distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships...causing minors to form non-traditional sexual predispositions." This is the same law that already banned the distribution of pornography, violent films, and material promoting drug abuse or self harm. Several regions around in Russia expanded the law to include things like rainbow flags and holding hands. Within the year anti-gay violence rose dramatically. Two groups, "Occupy Pedophilia" and "Parents Of Russia" began luring gay men on social web sites into "dates" the resulted in beatings and torture. Several of these crimes were filmed and then posted on the web.
In 2013 Putin said the law was something the Russian people demanded and predicted exactly what is happening in Chechyna now.
"Can you imagine an organization promoting pedophilia in Russia? I think people in many Russian regions would have started taking up arms. The same is true for sexual minorities. I can hardly imagine same-sex marriages being allowed in Chechnya. Can you imagine it? It would have resulted in human casualties."
And by the way, it's not just in other countries. You can read and hear that exact same garbage in the USA. Just go to the American Family Association web site. Or the Family Research Council site. Or the National Organization for Marriage site. Or watch Tony Perkins on Fox news. Or listen to Bryan Fischer's radio show. Or watch any number of tele-evanglists on any given day. And our government officials? Take Vice-President, Mike Pence. He supports the use of "reparative therapy" and believes being gay is a choice. He has said denying gays the right to marry or adopt children is not discrimination but "an enforcement of God's idea". He argues that same-sex marriage will bring about "societal collapse" because it will cause the "deterioration of marriage and family."
It's always the same...
This is what the Russian people want. It obviously wouldn't be acceptable here, but Russia has its own culture and they can lead however they choose.
The real problem with Russia is how suspicious their elections are, so we can't even say with any certainty that this is what they would want because their leaders are too afraid to commit to a legitimate election. Which costs them their mandate which is critically important when evaluating their actions.