In other news, Russia just became a great deal less popular as of late. I didn’t think it possible, but with a couple of recent politically incorrect decisions, Russia has become, once again, a hotbed of controversy and a globally despised nation. The two occurrences I allude to are, of course, the granting of temporary asylum to ‘whistleblower’ Edward Snowden (formally announced Aug. 01, 2013) for a year, and the Russian Government’s refusal to back down on its anti-gay propaganda laws in time for the Olympic Games at Sochi, 2014. Or any time for that matter.
The latter issue, for some unknown reason, has recently eclipsed the former in a huge way. Although the Snowden matter has received more than its fair share of media attention as of late, Russia’s intolerance towards homosexual people has seemingly inspired a global crusade. Small interest groups everywhere have begun indignantly demanding that Russia be removed as an Olympic venue in 2014. Marches and rallies have been held in the name of enforcing the notion that gays be treated equally. Russia must be ‘banned’ or ‘boycotted’, these self-appointed defenders of liberty argue, until they change their old-fashioned views. Russia must be forced to embrace the warm, fuzzy, rainbow-striped notion that all people (and their sexual orientations) are equally legitimate, or face the consequences. The cold war has evidently begun again… the homosexual cold war.
I find it funny that the same reactionaries that formerly touted the supremacy of cultural relativism have switched hats and now feel Russia needs to seriously examine its treatment of its own gay populace. It’s just not fair, they say, that Russia hasn’t kept up with the rest of the world in the acceptance of homosexuals. Cultural relativism only seems to somehow apply when speaking of underdeveloped third world nations incapable of maintaining any standards. Cultural relativism generally seems valid only in relation to countries of non-Caucasian origin. Cultural relativism is only applied to primitive throwback countries filled with morally bankrupt people.
We need only look to recent history to realize that this cry for forced attrition is simply foolishness. The Russian’s aren’t going to change a thing and haven’t the slightest interest in the rest of the planet’s politically correct aphorisms.
Let us look back to recent history for an example. In February of 2012, a similar outcry occurred when the punk band Pussy Riot performed their anti-Putin ‘prayer’ at a Moscow cathedral and was subsequently arrested for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”. People objected to their arrest, to their mistreatment, and to the ‘outrageous’ sentence of two years in a penal colony the band members received. See http://freepussyriot.org/articles for the full story. Liberal activists petitioned for the girls’ release. Calls for protest were made by incensed groups such as Amnesty International who rallied the government to try and negotiate their early release. The frenzied media decried the antediluvian Russian Government and it’s self-proclaimed ex-KGB dictator Vladimir Putin.
And yet, when last I checked, the convicted members of Pussy Riot remain safely behind bars to this very day. On July 26th 2013 a Russian court denied Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s re-appeal for early release. See http://world.time.com/2013/07/26/russian-court-pussy-riot-member-to-stay-in-jail/ On August 5th, 2013, Maria Alyokhina was transferred from a labor camp in the Perm area to another, harsher, prison in Russia’s central Nizhny Novgorod region. See http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-pussy-riot-transfer/25066334.html for the story. Clearly, the Russian Courts care nothing for petitions, for media circuses, or for western reality-styled T.V. popularity contests. They care about making an example of an ideology they despise. They care about enforcing Russian cultural values by crushing opposition in the harshest possible manner. They reject appeals for compromise when someone insults their religion or their dictator no matter what the world thinks.
But let’s return to the gays for a moment. Why is it that the Russian Government is so vehemently unwilling to change their hard stance regarding public displays of homosexual behavior? Why is it that they refuse to back down and simply repeal their laws to accommodate the Gay Olympiads and their outspoken pro-gay supporters? Just why is it that Russian Government isn’t listening to the celebrities, the demonstrators and the tongue-cluckers who chant “Russia’s treatment of homosexuality is monstrous, and getting worse” See http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/08/09/ for one such article.
Well, it probably has something to do with Russian societal dislike of homosexuality in general. We need only to look to Wikipedia for some lesser known, politically incorrect statistics:
- 68% of Russians said homosexuality is always wrong or almost always wrong
- Public support for gay marriages is at 16% as of 2013.
- Since 2006, ten regions have enacted a ban on “propaganda of homosexualism” among minors. The laws of nine of them include administrative sanctions and/or fines. Some bans also forbid so-called “propaganda of bisexualism and transgenderism”.
- In June 2012, Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades.
- There is currently no legal recognition of same-sex unions in Russia, and same-sex marriages are not allowed.
The majority of Russians, it seems, don’t much care for homosexuality and generally don’t want to look at it. Russians appear to think that blatant homosexual behavior has an adverse effect on children and is harmful to familial models. They don’t seem to want it glamorized in the streets, displayed in parades or portrayed as positive by their media at large. Russians, still attempting to rise above the ruins of their once proud society, are perhaps short on tolerance or sympathy for individuals that seem to represent self-indulgence and depravity.
This societal distaste for all things flamboyantly gay is something the Western Media and the champions of political correctness fail to take into account. The majority of Russians obviously don’t wish to indulge homosexuals, transsexuals and other deviants from the societal norm. And if the individual members of Russian public have decided they would rather not see a gyrating g-string thrust in their faces, does it not stand to reason that their government should then take measures to defend the sensibilities of the majority?
On some level one has to admire Russia for its lack of adherence to politically correct doctrines. Unlike Canada, that now capers and grovels before its gay community, Russia is unafraid to offend and is fully willing to stand up for the opinions of the majority. Although only approximately 1.1% of Canadians aged 18 to 59 reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian), Canada for some reason is desperately fearful of insulting gays. See http://saltshakers.org.au/issues/homosexuality/199-statistics-homosexuality
Canada not only ignores the opinions of its citizens in regards to homosexuality, but in some cases actively rules against them. For example, It is a generally accepted fact that the Canadian government, despite having little support from Canadian populace regarding the legalization of gay marriage, went ahead and did it anyway in a series of rapid fire decisions from 2003 – 2005.
When the federal government legalized gay marriage, “there was no public consensus,” said Keith Neuman, the Environics Institute’s executive director. “A lot of Canadians said, ‘I personally may not think much of this, but if the government and the courts say it’s OK, then it’s OK.'” Legalizing gay marriage helped legitimize it.
In hopes that the lemming effect would encourage acquiescence, Canada’s government made legal something that had previously met with only one-third acceptance from 2001 through 2006. This “increased to 43 percent in 2010 and 57 percent by 2012” thanks to a barrage of Liberal media spin doctoring and small interest group exhibitionism. Far from objecting to this sleight of hand maneuver, the Canadian public fell into lax obedience and conceded with virtually no resistance.
Canada, it would seem, in some cases has less consideration for the rule of law and for democratic values than a former communist dictatorship.