Bigots Defend Russian Anti-Gay Law

A collection of wingnut groups were given a room at the capitol by House Speaker John Boehner late last week to spew their bigotry. In particular, many of them defended Russia’s brutally oppressive new anti-gay law, which even forbids advocating for equality.

Austin Ruse, the enthusiastically anti-gay head of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, devoted much of his remarks to supporting Russia’s new anti-free-speech and anti-gay propaganda law. He read from a statement of support from “pro-family groups” defending Russia’s new law. The letter claims that “the Russian law protects the innocence of children and the basic rights of their parents recognized in the international legislation and treaties.” More from the letter:

With its new law Russia is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated “values” aggressively imposed in many modern societies….We thus call for respect of the sovereignty of the Russian people and we invite all organizations and people who feel responsible for the protection of the innocence of children and their rights, the natural family and parental rights to stand up for Russia, as well as for Ukraine and Moldova suffering the same pressure due to similar laws.

But remember, these same people will scream about Obamacare destroying freedom and claim to be for “smaller government” while defending an authoritarian Russian government that arrests people for demanding equality. And then there’s this:

The Howard Center’s Allan Carlson, who described himself as a historian by training, saw fascism at work: “The parallel I see here is what happened in Italy, Germany, other lands in the 1920s and 1930s as fascism began to impose its fear-driven grip on debate, on conversation, and on policy-making.”

And who is it that is advocating for discrimination, targeting an unpopular minority for persecution and demanding the arrest of those who speak their minds in favor of equality? Carlson and his fellow bigots. Even if the analogy were correct, it works far better pointed in the other direction.

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  • laurentweppe

    American right wingers praising a KGB agent. And people still look funny at me when I say that politics in the US are about closeted social-Democrats trying to fix the mess done by old-school communists from the GOP

  • John Pieret

    With its new law Russia is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated “values” aggressively imposed in many modern societies …

    With its new law the Confederate States are protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights to property against artificial and fabricated “values” aggressively imposed in many modern societies such as Great Britain and the Union.

  • John Pieret

    as fascism began to impose its fear-driven grip on debate, on conversation, and on policy-making

    Because, of course, Hitler regularly turned over a room in the Reichstadt to dissenters in order to tighten his grip on conversation, and on policy-making.

    These morons are deaf to irony!

  • birgerjohansson

    Putin is a very pale Mussolini copy . If you are going to praise someone, go to the original.

    BM: “War is to man what childbirth is to woman” -here you go, a quote by the original man that I am sure Ruse can agree with. Avoid inferior imitations.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    American right wingers praising a KGB agent.

    Yeah, remember when “anti-communism” was a central part of the Republicans’ platform? Now we see it’s just as bogus as every other policy they supported.

  • marcus

    Allan Carlson is absolutely correct, Russia’s anti-gay, anti-expression laws are a clear demonstration of exactly the same type of repression that “…happened in Italy, Germany, other lands in the 1920s and 1930s as fascism began to impose its fear-driven grip on debate, on conversation, and on policy-making.”

    Oh wait…

  • paulg

    Please don’t forget that this law, in practice, forbids someone to appear to be gay anywhere they may be observed by children. And that’s completely up to the authorities. Even if they are observed over the internet, as one public protestor discovered (granted, they were protesting, but were arrested when a parent complained that her kid had seen it).

  • matty1

    No, no. They are against real communism. You know the sort where political centrists try to enact a modest reform of an already regulated insurance market. Not moderate sensible thinking that merely emulates Stalin in seeking to purge undesirables from public life.