I’ve already noted that deranged bigot Scott Lively is a big fan of Russia’s new brutally oppressive anti-gay laws, but it turns out a bunch of other theocratic conservatives in this country are in favor of the bill too. The Associated Press reports:
The latest step drawing praise from social conservatives is a bill signed into law Sunday by President Vladimir Putin that would impose hefty fines for holding gay pride rallies or providing information about the gay community to minors.
“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.
Yeah, you could never do that here. Why? That pesky Bill of Rights. If only you could get rid of that, you could really get your authoritarian bigotry written into law and imprison those who advocate for equality.
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.
In a sign of Russia’s evolving stature among some U.S. social conservatives, the Illinois-based World Congress of Families plans to hold its eighth international conference at the Kremlin’s Palace of Congresses in Moscow next year. Past conferences in Europe, Mexico and Australia have brought together opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage from dozens of countries.
“The Kremlin used to be a no-no for conservatives,” said Larry Jacobs, managing director of the World Congress. “We’re going to redeem that building.”
Very telling, don’t you think?
Jacobs, in an interview, drew a link between Russia’s disapproval of homosexuality and its worries about a population decline.
“They’ve got a problem with marriage rates and fertility, and it doesn’t help if you’re encouraging non-reproductive behavior,” he said.
Seriously? Do they think that if only they throw a bunch of gay people in jail the rest of them will stop being gay, marry women and start having babies?
Lively advocated training therapists in the techniques of helping gay people “recover” from same-sex attraction and he urged Russia to criminalize the public advocacy of homosexuality.
“Russia could become a model pro-family society,” he wrote. “If this were to occur, I believe people from the West would begin to emigrate to Russia in the same way that Russians used to emigrate to the United States and Europe.”
I think that is a wonderful idea, Mr. Lively. And I think you should lead the exodus.