Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Russia Votes to Criminalize Homosexuality
I by no means support the gay rights agenda, as I cling to my beliefs on marriage and adoption, but I do not think any reasonable individual could agree with what the Duma, Russia's lower house of Parliament, voted unanimously to impose on the Russian citizenry yesterday.
With gay rights activists and orthodox believers clashing outside of Parliament, Russia lawmakers agreed to fine private individuals who promote homosexuality among youth $155, public officials up to ten times that amount and schools could be fined near $10,000. All a major handcuff on freedom of expression, and hell, even serious discussion involving sexuality.
The bill is heading to the upper house of Parliament and then Vladimir Putin's desk, where it will be signed into law along with another act passed today that bans "offending the religious feelings of the faithful." Once again severely restricting the freedom of expression of a certain class of individuals.
There's standing up for traditional values... And then there's a witch hunt, which is what the Kremlin is making into official policy by today's vote and soon to be followed ratification of these two freedom of expression disasters.
What say you?