The National Organization for Marriage is once again trying to push their paranoia about Christian persecution, with no evidence at all of course. They’re claiming that one of the people listed on the sanctions announcement is only there because she’s anti-gay like they are.
As part of the sanctions the Obama Administration has imposed on Russia for their adventurism in Crimea, the White House published a list of Russian officials impacted by the sanctions. However, there is one name on the list that has many people scratching their heads – Yelena Mizulina, chair of the Russian Duma’s Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, and a staunch defender of the Christian view of marriage.
The official White House press release, titled “Fact Sheet: Ukraine-Related Sanctions,” states that the sanctions are a “response to the Russian government’s actions contributing to the crisis in Ukraine.” Yet in the description of the alleged crimes of the sanctioned Russian individuals, Ms. Mizulina is simply described as being sanctioned “for her status as a State Duma Deputy.”“President Obama is using the economic sanctions against Yelena Mizulina to send a very clear message to Russian Christians,” Fr. Maxim Obukhov, the father of the Russian pro-life movement, told LifeSiteNews. “There is much talk about a cold war, but President Obama has openly declared war upon Christians who oppose the culture of death both at home and abroad.”
*eyeroll* Take a look at that press release from the White House. There’s another member of the DUMA and two who are sanctioned just for being aides to Putin. And if they really wanted to go after those who are pushing the anti-gay agenda in Russia, there were certainly more high profile targets they could have chosen, like the guy who sponsored the legislation. Same old Christian right, constructing non-existent persecution fantasies out of thin air.