Homophobic Russia shocks Europe
Homophobic Russia shocks Europe, but what about Sodom
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 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
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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