Vladimir Putin has just signed a draconian bill into law prohibiting so-called LGBTQ “propaganda” in Russia. The bill, a bulked-up version of a less sweeping 2013 law, is so broad in its scope it will effectively ban any and all discussion of gay or trans identities in Russia, a ban enforceable by fines of up to 4 million rubles (or $64,000). The bill also bans the advocacy of pedophilia, as if that is even remotely in the same category.
As Cathy Young points out in the Bulwark,
The legislation … prohibits all public speech or actions deemed to be “directed at promoting nontraditional sexual norms,” to propagandize the “attractiveness” of same-sex relationships or gender transition, or to encourage “distorted notions of the social equivalency of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations.” (Think of it as the Really Don’t Say Gay Law.)
Already some Russian LBFTQ advocacy groups have shut down and books touching on gay issues or featuring gay characters are being removed from libraries across the country.
One of the bill’s sponsors in the Russian Duma declared that the legislation is a key weapon in the “civilizational” war for traditional values and against “the new pseudo-values imposed by the West, first and foremost being the normalization of sexual deviancy.” One media figure in Russia declared that “the pederasts who stand at the head of Global Sodom are going to burst with rage.”
Here in the sodomite West, though, there are those who want to bring this war against “deviancy” to our country. On the far-right anti-abortion LifeSite, writer Stephen Kokx argues in a blog post that we should give Putin credit for standing up for “Biblical marriage” and against “transgenderism and state-sanctioned sodomy”
Kokx proclaims that the bill
laudably creates fines and broadens the scope of a 2013 law to now include a prohibition of LGBT content not only for children but Russians of all ages. It also bans the promotion of pedophilia and gender “reassignment” in films, books, media, and advertising.
Again the conflation of pedophilia and LGBTQ rights.
Along with a 2020 law banning gay marriage, he writes, the new bill “arguably make[s] Russia more Christian than most Western nations.”
Kokx concludes by expressing his hope that Christians who generally oppose Putin
will at least recognize the good he has done with this and other laws he’s supported that defend Biblical morality against the woke left. Leaders who support such bills are no doubt hard to come by in our post-Christian world. Let’s give credit where credit is due.
Ironically, Kokx also hails Putin for a speech he once gave attacking “cancel culture” in the west–apparently oblivious to the fact that Russia’s “Don’t Say Gay” law effectively cancels a whole class of people from even discussing their lives in public.
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