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5531Homophobic Russia shocks Europe

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  • Al Green
    May 31, 2006

      Homophobic Russia shocks Europe, but what about Sodom
      and Gomorrah?
      31/ 05/ 2006

      MOSCOW, (Pyotr Romanov, RIA Novosti political

      An unsanctioned Gay Pride parade was dispersed in
      central Moscow a few days ago. The entire European
      homosexual community watched the developments closely,
      as did the Council of Europe, the European Human
      Rights Commissioner, and parliamentarians-two French
      and two German Parliament members, who had come to
      Moscow to support the marchers and were detained by
      the police.

      The day for the parade was chosen to coincide with the
      start of Russia's Council of Europe presidency. There
      are people in Western political circles who are as
      outraged by this as they are by Russia's G8 presidency
      and the upcoming summit in St. Petersburg.

      Gay rights activists proceed from the trends and rules
      of conduct that dominate in present-day Europe, and
      they demand that Russia follows the same rules. They
      totally ignore the Russian public mentality and the
      very short time that has passed since the collapse of
      the U.S.S.R. Another important factor is Russia's
      severe demographic crisis. Same-sex couples are the
      last thing Russia needs, with its plummeting birth

      Opinions clash on whether the police had to be so
      tough on the marchers. But then, the police had their
      excuse. The flowers gays were to lay to the Unknown
      Soldier's Tomb at the Kremlin wall, one of Russia's
      most precious shrines, looked to some people as a
      deliberate provocation. Gay Pride organizers knew what
      they were doing-they meant the police to look as
      shocking as possible in television reports, and the
      cops swallowed the bait. Again, for an umptieth time,
      they failed to oppose a provocation with the
      professionalism expected of them.

      Be all that as it may, an unbiased person will hardly
      allege any harsh reprisals against sexual minorities
      in today's Russia. There are numerous gay clubs, and
      gays work on television and in the show business.
      There are homosexuals among State Duma members, and
      several political parties offer sexual minorities
      their support.

      The majority of the Russians, however, still have a
      negative attitude toward gays. Russians are getting
      back to church, from which Bolsheviks violently kicked
      them in their time. As they regain faith and open the
      Scripture, Russians cannot miss its references to
      Sodom and Gomorrah, in which they do not differ from
      religious people all over Europe. The Russian Orthodox
      Church is not the only one to denounce
      homosexuality-in this it is joined by the Roman
      Catholic Church and other Christian denominations.

      As the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner
      thinks, religious believers can sometimes be wrong, so
      all flowers ought to bloom on earth, homosexuality
      included. Same-sex couples must be allowed to get
      married and adopt children.

      The Commissioner and other defenders of sexual
      minorities are not unlike Bolsheviks in their
      invincible belief that the truth is on their side.
      Blinded by their convictions, Bolsheviks made sure
      everyone lived according to their laws and doctrine.
      Now, Europeans are just as sure that homosexuality is
      not a sin but every citizen's legal right. Why this
      steadfast assurance? Has any of the advocates of
      same-sex love ever come back from the dead with
      thorough knowledge of the other world's ways and
      judgments? Just why are they so sure that tolerance
      revitalizes and not corrupts the community?

      There are no answers to these questions. A religious
      person also cannot say how he knows his convictions
      are right-he just feels that way, the same as his
      opponents do. Neither side has any firm proof of its
      point, so why should Russia follow the Council of
      Europe on this issue? Why is it to believe the Human
      Rights Commissioner and not the Pope or the Patriarch
      of All Russia?

      The Council of Europe is determined to have its will
      at all costs. Russians cannot sympathize with its
      Bolshevist determination after the nation was driven
      for several decades along the road considered to be
      the only right way. That road led Russia to the brink
      of an abyss, as we all know. Can we be sure the road
      charted by the Council of Europe will not bring us,
      another several decades later, to rename Moscow Sodom
      and St. Petersburg Gomorrah?

      We Russians have had enough guidance. We want to
      choose our own road independently. After all, that
      choice is what democracy is all about.

      We are willing to enter into discussion if the Council
      of Europe sees the matter differently-but only without
      moralizing. After all, Europe's present-day morals are
      too lax to do any moralizing.
      The opinions expressed in this article are those of
      the author, and do not necessarily represent the
      opinion of the editorial board.

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