Vladimir Putin, Christian Right Hero

William Murray, the evangelist son of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, joins many of his fellow Christian right theocrats in publicly fellating Vladimir Putin for his moral fiber and rugged manliness. But mostly for the fact that Russia is turning into the kind of country they want to live in.

Why do President Obama and the Western media have such hatred for Russia? What is all the Russia bashing really about?

In Russia the clergy are allowed to enter the schools to give instruction in the Bible. Prayer is allowed in the public schools in Russia, as well. It is against the law to sell or give pornographic literature to anyone under the age of 18. Marriage in Russia is allowed only between one man and one woman.

Last year President Putin signed a law outlawing advertisements for abortion. In 2011 Russia passed a law requiring health warnings to women before getting an abortion, and now the Duma is considering outlawing abortions completely unless the mother is in immediate danger of death. (In the old Soviet Union, abortion was the primary means of birth control)…

In the Russian Army the chaplains are allowed to preach the Gospel and pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Homosexual behavior is not allowed in the Russian military and punishable by court martial. (The U.S. military just held its first officially approved drag queen contest at the Kadena Air Base.)

Why do Barack Obama and the liberal media hate Russia so much but have such love for nations that are anti-Christian and repressive such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia? Morally and spiritually, Russia today is the nation America was in the 1950s.

Maybe Scott Lively was right and American Christians are going to start emigrating to Russia because it’s turning into the theocratic paradise of their dreams. Any objections?

Oh, and he also threw this lie in there:

There is no complicated tax code in Russia; they have the kind of flat tax the Republicans have pushed in the U.S. for years. In Russia everyone pays the 13 percent income tax regardless of how much they earn. The year after this flat tax was instituted in 2001, the Russian economy took off like a rocket and tax revenues increased as well.

Nope, not so much. Here’s a chart of Russian GDP growth from 2000-2003. See if you can spot that economy “taking off like a rocket” in 2002.

russianeconomy

Must have been a really small rocket.

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  • colnago80

    Apparently, Russia is again resorting to sabre tattling. I would point out to this asshole that the US is capable of removing Russia from the face of the earth.

    http://goo.gl/O2KK94

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Weren’t the GOP talking about standing up to Putin constantly during the 2008 elections?

  • dhall

    Are they aware that it’s the Russian Orthodox Church that gets all the benefits and has all the clout in Russia, and not evangelical Protestant denominations?

  • John Pieret

    Any objections?

    There will be when Lively and Murray get there and find out that their dream of freedom of religion only for Christians is even more restricted there … freedom of religion only for Russian Orthodox Christians. It’s their kids who will be being taught Russian Orthodoxy by Russian Orthodox clergy and their evangelical beliefs be damned.

  • John Pieret

    Weren’t the GOP talking about standing up to Putin constantly during the 2008 elections?

    That was when it was supposed to be a white guy standing up to him. Now Putin is the white guy …

  • Trebuchet

    Putin has said publicly that the collapse of the USSR was the worst thing that ever happened. That would be the same USSR that Saint Ronnie the Magnificent referred to as an “evil empire”.

  • caseloweraz

    Marriage in Russia is allowed only between one man and one woman.

    Those two people must be very busy.

  • Mr Ed

    I think if word ever got out about the advantages of living in a low tax, pro christian Russia we would see a huge population shift. As atheists we need to keep silent about this or we will see Christians leaving for better pastures and we will lose our ability to force them to do things against their beliefs. Every Christian that emigrates is one we can’t force to take part in a gay wedding and force to use birth control.

  • caseloweraz

    Ed: Must have been a really small rocket.

    Also a really small takeoff — in fact a negative takeoff. Gives us leave to return the Russian favor they gave us during the start of the Space Race: calling our launches “flopnik” or “kaputnik.”

  • thebookofdave

    Morally and spiritually, Russia today is the nation America was in the 1950s.

    I have two things to say about his rant. One: Russia is the fantasy playland for rich white male privileged assholes. So do go to Russia, but first get a billion dollars. Two: I retired from USAF way too early to sign up for the drag queen contest. Is it a unit competition? ‘Cause I’m ready to place my bets on the Fightin’ Cocks to win.

  • Nemo

    Like one of those rockets that blows up on the launch pad.

  • http://humanisticjones.blogspot.com HumanisticJones

    Weren’t the GOP talking about standing up to Putin constantly during the 2008 elections?

    We have always been at war with Eurasia.

    I repeat.

    We have always been at war with Eastasia.

  • sonwinks

    Do they seriously not see their hypocrisy?

    Obama – the socialist communist…..we need to be more Russian???

    Obama – the dictator….. We need to be more Russian???

    I mean really?

    They are honestly fucked in the head…..

    I genuinely never thought I would see the day that …. That they would aspire to be more like Socialist, Communist Russian…. They demonized in the past!

  • Akira MacKenzie

    As I’ve pointed out in the past, the entirety of William Murray’s political and religious views can be summed up thus:

    “I HATE MY MOM! Do you like me now, America? You see? I said I hated my famous atheist mother! You’ve got to like me now! PLEASE, PLEASE LIKE ME!!!”

  • abb3w

    Maybe the Nedelin R-16 rocket prototype.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    I’ve learned not to be surprised when wingnuts decide to waffle on whether they worship and/or hate any given villain.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    … publicly fellating Vladimir Putin …

    Such a tease.

    I clicked the link. No pics or anything. Just some BS over by World nut Daily. :)

  • Larry

    Sounds like a christian paradise on earth.

    When are you leaving, Billy?

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • matty1

    In Russia everyone pays the 13 percent income tax regardless of how much they earn.

    Not exactly, the income tax doesn’t seem to be progressive but this indicates there are at least three other rates. 30% for foreign workers in Russia less than 183 days, 9% for dividends paid in Russia and 15% for dividends paid from a Russian business to non-Russians. He also seems to be wrong in implying there are no other taxes in Russia.

    See if you can spot that economy “taking off like a rocket” in 2002.

    He didn’t actually specify that the rocket was pointing upwards, the -0.5 for 2002 could look like a small rocket burrowing it’s way into the ground.

  • laurentweppe

    Are they aware that it’s the Russian Orthodox Church that gets all the benefits and has all the clout in Russia, and not evangelical Protestant denominations?

    They don’t give a shit: the religious right is, and has always been a bunch of would-be aristocrats: they love the Russian regime because it practices the Cuius regio, eius religio rule: that’s what turn them on.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Why do President Obama and the Western media have such hatred for Russia? What is all the Russia bashing really about?

    That was the funniest line I’ve read in quite some time. I know that Mr. Murray is over 20 years old so he’s certainly old enough to remember the day when it was conservatives bashing Russia for being Communist, and trying to smear American liberals with the “Communist” label. I’m sure that many of them haven’t gotten the new script and are doing that today.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I can’t remember whether it was here, Pharyngula, or Panda’s Thumb, but this reminds me of one of my all time favorite comments on those blogs. Something like, “Must have been retrorockets.” Definitely won the thread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    I didn’t know Russia had outsources their rockets to North Korea.

  • lurker

    colnago80 #1 “the US is capable of removing Russia from the face of the earth”

    Please re-consider your attitude to international politics, e.g. your own sabre/nuke rattling. I understand it must be comfortable all the way over there in America (sorry if I wrongly assume your location), but for those of us who share a solid land connection (or near as damn it) with Russia, e.g. Europe, this is a real concern, not some distant thought exercise. It isn’t all about oil, it isn’t about who won WWII (hint: not just America) or who has the most nukes (they have A LOT), we don’t want another cold war, we only get a 4 minute warning here. This isn’t a movie. And we are still tired from your last wars, which Putin is clearly taking advantage of. Please, as a country, stay out of this. You are not helping. Despite you privilage blindness, you do not have a good reputation right now, which Putin is also playing on. If WWIII comes, we’ll call you, and if you could actually show up on time this time that would be appreciated.

    Yours hopefully, Your so-called allies.

    (Sorry if this is a bit emotional, but seriously… stop acting like you control everything you are not the only other country in the world, let Germany and France take this one.)

  • jonathangray

    Putin’s court philosopher Alexander Dugin:

    “The Russian war will be not only be for Russian national interests, but will be in the cause of a just multipolar world, for real dignity and for real, positive freedom – not (nihilistic) freedom from but (creative) freedom for. In this war, Russia will set an example as the defender of Tradition, conservative organic values, and will represent real liberation from the open society and its beneficiaries – the global financial oligarchy. This war is not against Ukrainians or even against part of the Ukrainian populace. Nor is it against Europe. It is against the liberal world (dis)order. We are not going to save liberalism, per their designs. We are going to kill it once and for all. Modernity was always essentially wrong, and we are now at the terminal point of modernity. For those who rendered modernity and their own destiny synonymous, or who let that occur unconsciously, this will mean the end. But for those who are on the side of eternal truth and of Tradition, of faith, and of the spiritual and immortal human essence, it will be a new beginning, ABSOLUTE BEGINNING.”

    http://openrevolt.info/2014/03/11/alexander-dugin-the-war-on-russia-in-its-ideological-dimension/

    Interesting times.

  • smrnda

    Wait, the Russian economy was taking off like a rocket? Russia is a nation with a very low standard of living and a declining life expectancy, almost third world in many ways.

  • Ichthyic

    having grown up in the Reagan era… this blows my mind to see this.

    these people really ARE just as stupid as I thought they were even back then.

  • Ichthyic

    Your so-called allies.

    meh, I wouldn’t even have a beer with that clown if my house was on fire.

  • Ichthyic

    really though, it’s all explained if you just take into account that these are RWAs, and expected to respond positively to authoritarianism.

    in the end, they happily abandon previously held beliefs, provided they think they are following a leader that understands what they want: To be ruled.

  • Ichthyic

    Maybe Scott Lively was right and American Christians are going to start emigrating to Russia because it’s turning into the theocratic paradise of their dreams. Any objections?

    where do we send donations for travel funds?

  • Ichthyic

    something like a “buy fur hats for Christians” charity maybe?

  • jonathangray