Russian Religious Activists Seek to Ban Facebook for ‘Flirting With Sodomites’

Facebook’s recent decision to create icons for married same-sex couples has found a fierce opponent — a group of Russian Orthodox activists who are taking this opportunity to try to re-criminalize homosexuality.

Russian Orthodox activists in the city of Saratov are calling for Facebook to be banned in Russia for perpetuating “gay propaganda” and “flirting with sodomites,” according to a post on Mashable. The group gave Facebook’s Russian offices a 24-hour ultimatum to remove all content “promoting homosexuality” or they would sue Internet service providers who allow access to Facebook. Not surprisingly, their ultimatum was ignored.

Here’s the part that’s kind of funny:

“The US goal is that Russians stop having children. [They want] the great nation to turn into likeness of Sodom and Gomorrah,” [leader Vladimir] Roslyakovsky told Saratov news portal.

And here’s the part that’s kind of scary:

Since the ultimatum was ignored, the Saratov’s community began to collect signatures in support of returning a Soviet-era anti-gay article to the Penal Code, reports TemaSaratov news portal…

In just three days the activists managed to obtain 34,000 signatures, said the leader of the Orthodox public organization, Vladimir Roslyakovsky. The goal is to get the support of at least a million citizens, he stated, adding that Muslim, Catholic and Jewish communities are also participating in the campaign, since “Dealers who cash in on children have neither conscience nor religious beliefs.”

This wouldn’t be worth a second glance if it weren’t for this group’s attempt to re-criminalize homosexuality, something that isn’t impossible at all in Russia. As of this February, Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg has already banned rainbow flags and media containing “homosexual content.” Banning Facebook might not be feasible, but for hard-pressed religious activists with this kind of nerve, banning homosexuality just might be within reach.

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  • Nkendall

    Bah, let them. That way when I suggest Republicans move to Siberia it will seem like a good idea to them. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Scoggin/100000044792747 Aaron Scoggin

    Forgot Russia even existed until now. Seriously, have they done anything noteworthy in the past 20 years?

    • 3lemenope

      Started a war in Abkhazia and sold arms to the Syrian government?

      • Glasofruix

        Yeah, the war in Abkhazia was kind of the fault of this tie eating coward of president they have in Georgia. And btw, your space program is working at this moment just because of russian launchers.

        • 3lemenope

          I rather imagine the Georgians see it differently. Good point about the space program. Russia has also had some just thigh-slappingly hilarious UN Security Council vetoes, esp. during the Bosnian War and more recently.

        • machintelligence

          Actually, we can launch things like the Mars probes, but we have no manned launch capability or heavy lift vehicles. (Bring back the Saturn V, 250.000 lbs to near earth orbit, 90.000 lbs to lunar orbit.)

    • machintelligence

      They have the only heavy lift vehicle capable of reaching neat earth orbit,  (the Proton.)

  • Alex

    > “Dealers who cash in on children have neither conscience nor religious beliefs.”

    It’s always about children, innit? This, from a bunch of robed assholes sporting golden Swiss watches and German cars, who are the first in line for children’s minds. Hypocrite.

    • Mehman

       Pedophobic hysteria is all over the place. Rus Ortodox Church is just trying to be hip and make some cheap PR on trendy thing.

  • The Other Weirdo

    Not only that, but they’re also bringing US back as the big bad bugalloo. And a misfired one, at that. The US doesn’t need Facebook to get the Russian birth rate down; the Russians are doing a stand-up job of that themselves, what with all the men drinking and their even remotely good-looking women selling themselves to the highest Western bidder.

    And if he thinks that seeing a same-sex symbol is going to turn every straight man suddenly gay, well maybe he knows himself too well.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    I’m pretty sure that symbol on the left is a couple of Orthodox priests.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    While I don’t favor any sort of banning of Internet content, I do think that a Facebook-free Internet would be awfully refreshing.

    • Glasofruix

      Oh, in Russia only a handful of people use facebook, compared to the number of people who use the other two russian social networks, so it wouldn’t really make any difference.

  • Mehman

    The good thing about USSR is  a whole generation of non-christian people. They worshipped Stalin-Lenin-Marks instead.

    • Stev84

      Didn’t help much. In East Germany, the de-Christianization worked. Very few people are believers these days and hardly any of the younger ones – even the ones born in the last 20 years. In Russia, the Orthodox Church has come back with a vengeance however and has a lot of power. There has also been a lot of western missionary work by Protestants since 1990.

    • The Other Weirdo

      Never been to the USSR, then, I take it, huh? And who is this Marks person you speak of?

  • Lucy

    This is so disappointing. I love Russia. :(


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