A hero story out of Russia.

A story is coming out about a Russian news anchor, Anton Kraskovsky, who was fired earlier this year when he defied Russian authorities and came out as gay on a news cast:

“I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” he said, according to an interview with Snob.ru. He was reportedly fired from KontrTV, a government-backed cable network that he helped launch in December, and the footage of his announcement was quickly deleted from KontrTV’s website and YouTube.

Said Kraskovsky:

“The meaning of this whole story we are discussing now is that throughout my whole life, I’ve been struggling with myself,” Krasovsky said. “And this — as you call it — coming out is just another battle with myself, with my own hypocrisy, my own lies, and my own cowardice.”

He said after making the announcement at the end of the show, Angry Guyzzz, the audience and the crew applauded. He said he then went into his dressing room and cried for 20 minutes before being fired a few hours later.

“They immediately blocked all my corporative accounts, my email. Literally immediately, overnight,” Krasovsky said. “They deleted not only my face from the website, but also all of my TV shows, as if I’d never really existed. The next day I wrote to [network head Sergey] Minaev that I was totally shocked. Because it takes them half a day to put up a banner when I ask them to, and here we had such efficiency. One could say they can when  they want to. Now they’ve put everything back, but you couldn’t say why, really.”

If a caring god had created this world, such heroism would never be necessary in the pursuit of equality and in the opposition of baseless hate.  Sadly, in the absence of a caring god and in the presence of mortals who have sacrificed their empathy for faith, heroes are required for things to get better.  I’m glad we have people like Anton Kraskovsky in the world who will trade a piece of their own well-being in the hopes of great returns for future generations who may not have to endure the same.

Even the character of Jesus is not a fraction of the man Anton Kraskovsky is.  If only every believer could admire exemplary mortals they way they admire Jesus and his genocidal, bigoted father…

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