Using legislation to defeat reality in Russia.

In Russia it’s about to become illegal to tell your children about homosexuality.

A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia’s lower house of parliament.

Hours before the State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed law in a 436-0 vote with one abstention, more than two dozen protesters were attacked by hundreds of anti-gay activists and then detained by police.

The bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but neither step is in doubt.

What a magnificent way to solve the problem of believing in a book making a deluge of claims that conflict with reality: limit the discussion of reality by law!

Soon you won’t be able to tell your children that people can’t walk on water or rise from the dead!  You will be punished by the state for suggesting to your children that there are no giant fish, or that a person could live in one’s belly for three days without being digested.

Well done, Russia!  Parents can tell their children to admire a man who was willing to murder his own child (Abraham).  They can tell their children that the bloody sacrifice of an innocent first century Jew was a good thing.  Parents can even tell their children that women don’t deserve equal wages because it’s the destiny of their gender.

But telling your children that gay people exist?  That would be bad for society.  Tell ‘em the fucking truth?  Can’t have that.  It might be bad for Christianity.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • islandbrewer

    No need to look to Russia for reality-defying stupidity. Didn’t North Carolina (or somewhere near) attempt to outlaw global warming and sea level rise?

    • unbound55

      Technically, the law NC made says that you can’t use the correct non-linear models…you have to use linear models only so that way people will think the valuable beach front property of the outer banks will be viable for much longer than it really will be.

      After all, you can’t have the value plummet. Less taxes from there would mean that the NC legislature would have to make it up somewhere else…because taxes are bad, m’kay?

      • islandbrewer

        Obviously accurate scientific models are some anti-capitalist commie plot!

  • baal

    Zen Koan, What is the sound of a rubber stamp?
    Answer: 436-0 vote

    Babylon 5 (“Voices Of Authority”; a comment on it) solved the problem of homelessness one episode. Earthgov defined it out of existance.

  • Yoav

    How convenient, first you make it illegal for gay people to demand equality and then when the west complain about it you can just say, look no one in Russia is complaining so there must not be anyone who feel there’s a problem (Remember Ahmadinejad’s ‘there are no gay people in Iran’ answer when asked his country’s anti gay laws).

  • Tracy Cottrell

    I never realized there were so many self loathing homosexuals in Russia. In a population of 436, it would be damn near impossible for any of those lawmakers to not to be gay.

  • Zinc Avenger

    Does “nontraditional sexual relations” include deity-on-virgin action?


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