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.

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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.