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Dear Russia, Even Glenn Beck Thinks You’ve Gone Too Far

Dear Russia, Even Glenn Beck Thinks You’ve Gone Too Far

Former Fox News host and radio pundit Glenn Beck, famous for his anti-Left tirades and conspiracy theories, has a message for Russia: when it comes to the “gay propaganda” law, the country has gone too far.

Perhaps surprising audiences with his “I stand with GLAAD” segment, Beck said in a TV broadcast this week that “fascism” is on the rise in Russia and, paraphrasing now, that we have to look beyond the politics of Left and Right, of Glenn Beck and GLAAD, to recognize and “to understand, yeah we should stand together… This isn’t a gay issue; it’s a human issue.”

Watch the video below (h/t Right Wing Watch):

As anyone watching the video will see, this wasn’t entirely altruistic, though. Beck’s main agenda here seems to be heading off criticism about his at times unfeeling rhetoric:

“I am a human who lives and breathes just like the next guy … I have a family. I like to laugh. I like to play with my kids. I like to watch a good movie; sometimes I see too many bad ones. I’m not angry. I’m not the evil conservative monster they say I am. And get this one, I don’t think they’re the monster either.”

He also makes a plea to get out of the mud-raking that we are now, apparently, “mired in.” As Right Wing Watch points out, it would be more convincing if in previous shows he hadn’t referred to Michelle Obama as a “monster,” and didn’t in the above segment misrepresent a recent court case where a baker was told that he couldn’t refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple when said baker had made wedding cakes for dogs and other novelty items in the past.

Nevertheless, the fact that Beck has broken ranks with many religious conservatives who have supported the Russian government’s anti-gay propaganda law is significant. Beck, while being vocally conservative on some issues, has tended to identify more with the libertarian camp, and here we see that coming through — perhaps others of a similar political stripe will follow suit. Such action couldn’t be more timely.

Russia has just launched a new wave of restrictions to prevent protests and beef up security for the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be held in February.

According to reports, authorities are deploying more than 30,000 police to the area and ministry troops are said to be tightening who can go in and out of the region. Increased security isn’t unique to Russia’s approach, indeed London had its fair share of troubles with its own security detail for the 2012 Summer Olympics. However, Russia has said that it will tolerate no protests around or even near the Sochi games.

As of the 7th of January, military personnel in the area are all on combat alert. Again that’s not unique to Russia, but there is a fear that this kind of show of force isn’t just being used to deter further terrorist activities, but also to stifle any protests that might be made surrounding the Olympics.

Human rights groups across the world are gearing up for the Sochi games and are considering how they can best protest Russia’s human rights crackdown without falling prey to Russia’s censorship laws. One thing they have apparently been told to be careful of is to check that children have not been planted in what were thought to be adult-only crowds, or else LGBT rights campaigners could end up violating the propaganda ban. While this might sound far-fetched, we know that it has happened in the past, for instance when pop star Madonna performed in St Petersburg in 2012.

Meanwhile, Russia is continuing its attack on gay rights and not just within its own borders. Canadian same-sex couples who were looking to adopt from Russia believe their cases are now in doubt after Russia’s high court issued a memo, which was actually issued in September but has only emerged this week, saying that a law passed last year which bans gay couples from the US adopting Russian children should be applied to same-sex couples from all countries.

Canadian adoption authorities have confirmed that the memo does indicate the law should apply universally, though the Canadian government has stressed it hasn’t received instructions from the Russian government and is said to be examining the details of these cases to see whether the ban applies to ongoing cases or just to new ones.

Of course Russia is free to decide who can adopt its orphans and who can’t, but as gay couples have proven time and again that they can rear children at least as well as the average heterosexual couple, the only ones that are missing out here are the children.

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7:22PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Beck has been a conservative Libertarian since day one. To say this is a new thing shows the writer knows little of the man. People that hate him likely have seen very little of him. His "conspiracy theories" usually end up coming true. Laugh at him to your detriment. He is the only "talking head" I trust based on empirical evidence. He has been maligned into this loony monster by the media. That isn't such a bad thing as far as I am concerned.

4:19AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

ty

1:06PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Yeah..I don't know about him..he's just as bad as Fox

9:31AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Gee, how ever will Putin sleep tonight?

To loose the support of Beck is, well, something to be sought after and cherished but this one time the all crazy, all the time Beck has come down on the right side of history. Most likely because his hatred of Russian outstrips his hatred of the GLBT community, le sigh, still he did speak the truth.

9:03AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

If someone like Glenn Beck says you've gone too far, then you've really gone too far and have really fallen over the edge. Russia better watch out since it's really on a slippery slope and gaining momentum in the wrong direction.

7:59AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Let's be very plain about this: Glenn Beck is a nut. He sees conspiracies in tea leaves and demons on doorknobs. Give him a blackboard and a piece of chalk, and he'll find some way to connect Attila the Hun's raids to the Obama administration.

So if you have gone too far into right wing extremism for HIM, the results are in. You have officially gone. Too. Far.

3:53AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

ty

2:30AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

TY

1:46AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

I go with this “to understand, yeah we should stand together… This isn’t a gay issue; it’s a human issue.”

9:05PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

OMG if Glenn Beck thinks it- Russia has gone over the edge.

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