Thursday, July 25, 2013

Who's Headed in the Right Direction?

We are well aware that Russia has many obstacles to overcome in order to live up to her Orthodox Christian heritage.  However, one cannot help but notice the fundamental difference in trajectory between Russia and the American Empire-Western Europe on some issues, like gay rights.  While the U.S. Supreme Court was busy recently legalizing gay marriage and declaring the moral superiority of those who defend gay rights, Russia's parliament and president passed laws to curb gay relationships in Russia.  From The Guardian:

Russia's parliament has unanimously passed a federal law banning gay "propaganda" amid a Kremlin push to enshrine deeply conservative values that critics say has already led to a sharp increase in anti-gay violence.

The law passed 436-0 on Tuesday, with just one deputy abstaining from voting on the bill, which bans the spreading of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors.

The law in effect makes it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships, as well as the distribution of material on gay rights. It introduces fines for individuals and media groups found guilty of breaking the law, as well as special fines for foreigners.

Minutes after passing the anti-gay legislation, the Duma also approved a new law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band P**** Riot.

This bodes well for Russia, but no so well for the West.

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