Leading U.S. evangelical Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his brutal crackdown on homosexuality, tacitly endorsing the current wave of violent homophobic attacks plaguing Russia.
Slate reports a study published in Harvard University’s Health and Human Rights journal confirms what myriad horrific anecdotes suggest: Gay people in Russia are being beaten, raped, and murdered at record rates, and Putin’s government is doing little to stop it.
Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham, recently wrote an op-ed praising Putin’s anti-gay stance and lamenting the fact that President Obama isn’t similarly predisposed to homophobic bigotry.
“In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” Graham writes, contrasting Putin’s bigotry with President Obama’s policy of tolerance and equality: “Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.”
Graham adds his name to the growing list of religious conservatives who have praised Putin for his brutal crackdown on Russia’s LGBT citizens, all in the name of Jesus.
Can you feel the Christian love?