Thursday, March 1, 2012

Andrei Massive Protest outside the Russian Embassy in New York

The protesters are upset about a city ordinance that will prevent Gay Pride Parades to taking place in St Petersburg.

The New York Times is a bit sniffy.
Vitaly V. Milonov, the law’s principal drafter and an outspoken proponent of Russia’s Orthodox Church who has referred to homosexuals as “perverts,” has accused gay rights activists of waging an aggressive campaign of conversion among Russia’s children with the backing of Western governments.

“This is a declaration of Russia’s moral sovereignty,” Mr. Milonov said in televised remarks shortly after Wednesday’s legislative session.

Under the new law, which passed 29 to 5, “public actions, directed at the propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors” will be punishable with fines of up to $17,000. 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.”
I like plain speaking myself - none of this distorting the meaning of words and nuance which is par for the course in our political dialogue.

The New York Times and the protester are not so certain.

8 comment(s):

kowtow said...

"Moral sovereignty", I like that,so many governments in the west have surrendered both.

twilightoftheidols21 said...

I'm not entirely sure of the legal status of the Orthodox Church in Russia. Is it "established"?

Andrei said...

The Four religions of the Russian federation are Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

The first is the biggest

twilightoftheidols21 said...

Thanks Andrei, so the new law reflects Christian morality, but as part of Russia's Christian heritage, not as enforcement of an official religion? Better than the USSR either way methinks

twilightoftheidols21 said...

Thanks Andrei, so the new law reflects Christian morality, but as part of Russia's Christian heritage, not as enforcement of an official religion? Better than the USSR either way methinks

twilightoftheidols21 said...

Sorry about the double posting of comments, I'm not sure why it is happening

Andrei said...

It is something that has widespread public support, including from the Church but is not initiated from the Church.

This is the key quote
“This is a declaration of Russia’s moral sovereignty,” They will not allow Gay Pride events to be imposed upon them by the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg.

libertyscott said...

I'd rather be more concerned that they can't hold a decent protest in Russia and be protected by the Police because the place is an authoritarian hell hole of corruption.

The idea that there is some "aggressive campaign of conversion among Russia’s children with the backing of Western governments" is as laughable as the conspiracy theories regarding Zionists etc that abound in Russia.

Though it would be nice if the Russian government was as aggressive about the country actually being a host to commercial child pornography (which is, commercially, rare in the West), but then protection from the police is a commodity in the country.

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