Another Bigot Loves Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

Add William Owens of the National Organization for Marriage and the Coalition of African-American Pastors to the growing list of American theocrats to sing the praises of Russia’s new law that puts people in jail merely for advocating equality for gay people. In an email to CAAP members he wrote:

When I heard the news report regarding Russia’s new law prohibiting the propagating of homosexuality I was intrigued but the outcry that followed from the American news media, the LGBT community, and gay rights advocates was very disturbing. Many of these organizations threatened to push for a ‘boycott’ of the U.S. Olympics, while others threatened to put pressure on our legislature, and congressional representatives to compel Russia [a sovereign nation] into backing away from what ‘they’ consider a ‘discriminatory’ law. I believe that this is just another one of their ploys to cover their real intent, which is to force the acceptance of a lifestyle that is a clear violation of American values and moral law.

Friend, this response from the homosexual community is absurd. Since when does America have the right to force its immorality, depravity, and sin on another nation? We are currently witnessing the free fall of our nation. Over the past five years, we’ve moved from a super power position to a nation that is perceived to be weak and contemptible. This overall decline of our nation has proven to be an unequivocal manifestation of a ‘heavenly verdict’ against the nation…

With the battle for the family waging across this nation, instead of condemning a sovereign nation for its laws we need to be changing ours. The family unit is under attack and we must stand against those who want to redefine and destroy it. The family is the foundation of a society and the glue that holds it together. I applaud the Russians for taking a stand for children!

You have to laugh at this sudden concern over not expressing any concern about the oppressive actions of a “sovereign nation.” When Iran imprisoned a Christian pastor, Owens and his wingnut pals raised holy hell over it (and rightly so) and blamed Obama for not doing enough to protest it. It didn’t matter that Iran was a sovereign nation. But you see, that’s the difference between them and me. I condemn oppression by any country no matter who is the victim of it; they only give a damn if it’s a Christian being oppressed.

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  • Francisco Bacopa

    Whoever would have thought “Go back to Russia!” could become a phrase we could use to heckle conservatives?

  • markr1957

    Can’t we start an expatriation fund to pay to send NOM members to the land of their dreams? I’d be more than willing to pay for at least one to fly Kamchatka Airways to Murmansk one-way on condition they promise never to leave Russia.

  • Sastra

    But you see, that’s the difference between them and me. I condemn oppression by any country no matter who is the victim of it; they only give a damn if it’s a Christian being oppressed.

    This is a lie and you know it.

    There are many, many differences between you and them. Sure. you can pick your favorite out of the abundant cornucopia if you want — but it’s highly misleading to speak of “difference” in the singular. For shame, Ed, for shame.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Francisco Bacopa @ # 1 – I’m still trying to adjust to the fact that conservatives now embrace the label of “reds”…

  • John Pieret

    instead of condemning a sovereign nation for its laws we need to be changing ours

    And I bet he thinks the Russian law would make a fine model bill. That Constitution thingie … who cares about that? … Until some judge comes down with a ruling he doesn’t like, when he’ll be back to waiving the Constitution around like a magic talisman.

    Can’t we somehow fast forward to when the Rabid Right is telling us how it was them who lead the fight for gay rights?

  • cptdoom

    I believe that this is just another one of their ploys to cover their real intent, which is to force the acceptance of a lifestyle that is a clear violation of American values and moral law.

    Neither values nor moral law can compel anyone to follow your religious beliefs, Mr. Owens, even though I am sure you would love them to. Those same laws compel white Southerners, whose values and morals once considered you second-class or subhuman, Mr. Owens, to serve African-Americans, regardless of what they believe. Doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

    Friend, this response from the homosexual community is absurd. Since when does America have the right to force its immorality, depravity, and sin on another nation?

    So, you’re against both the Iraq War – during which the US exported the sins of murder and violence on an innocent people – and foreign proseltyzing by American missionaries, whose religions (especially the Mormons) are considered sinful by the foreigners they try to convert, right?

    We are currently witnessing the free fall of our nation.

    Apparently a reviving economy, and end to a unnecessary war, a booming stock market and at least one party’s embrace of true equality are a “free fall.”

    This overall decline of our nation has proven to be an unequivocal manifestation of a ‘heavenly verdict’ against the nation…

    And you’re just drooling for that “verdict” aren’t you Mr. Owens – that time when your perversion of a god will commit grotesque acts of violence against innocents across the land. That’s sick.

  • Artor

    It’s telling that he can only see America’s decline over “the last five years.” Gosh, what could have happened in that time to lead to such a fall from power? Could it be the interminable War on Drugs that has eroded our Constitution and militarized our police? No, that’s been going on since Nixon. Could it be the unjustified wars overseas that have killed thousands of Americans and millions of innocents elsewhere? Sorry, those were started by BushCo. What happened five years ago that could be so horrible?

    Oh yeah, that’s when we got a black, Muslim atheist, communist, fascist President. ‘Nuff said.

  • Larry

    Since when does America have the right to force its immorality, depravity, and sin on another nation?

    See Chile, Cuba, the Philipines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Grenada.

    I guess the fundie wingnut memory doesn’t go any further back than 2008.

  • Michael Heath

    Williams Owens states:

    Since when does America have the right . . .

    That alone validates this guy is clueless. America doesn’t have rights, in this context it’s a government. The U.S. has powers, some it can justify, others it can’t, some that are debatable.

  • Loqi

    They don’t only give a damn when it’s a Christian being oppressed. They also get up in arms if a Christian is simply told they have to obey the same laws as everyone else.