Russia’s gay propaganda ban has drawn protest from an overwhelming number of individuals, world leaders and human rights groups, but not everyone is so outraged by it.
In fact, a significant number of religious conservative groups from across the globe, including six from America, have gone so far as to sign a declaration of support for Russia’s so-called gay propaganda ban.
The groups include the Illinois-based World Congress of Families, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Mission: America, GrasstopsUSA, the anti-choice Population Research Institute, and the group His Servants that produces, among other things, ex-gay literature.
Under the heading “Statement by worldwide organizations in support of the Russian Federal Law On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development,” the signing groups register their support for Russia’s anti-propaganda law against “the heavy attacks that the Russian Federation is facing” from international groups and world leaders.
The groups argue in the one page statement that the so-called “natural family created through the marriage of a man and a woman” is worthy of protection by the State, citing (in a way it was never designed to be invoked) Article 16 (3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The statement goes on to say that “children need special protection due to their innocence and immaturity” and that the “Russian law protects the innocence of children and the basic rights of their parents recognized in the international legislation and treaties.”
With its new law Russia is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated “values” aggressively imposed in many modern societies. We also note that the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not outlined in the existing binding international treaties and agreements.
We thus call for respect of the sovereignty of the Russian people and we invite all organizations and people who feel responsible for the protection of the innocence of children and their rights, the natural family and parental rights to stand up for Russia, as well as for Ukraine and Moldova suffering the same pressure due to similar laws.
The American groups join a diverse number of organizations from across the globe, including Italy’s Human Dignity Institute, Australia’s Endeavour Forum Inc., Canada’s REAL Women of Canada, and, notably, the British Islamic Medical Association and the Muslim Coordination to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). As Right Wing Watch notes, this is interesting if only for the fact that a number of the U.S. groups on the list actively campaign against Islam.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that a Russian group calling itself Occupy Pedophilia, that spans five Russian cities, is trawling gay dating sites so that it can “re-educate” gay men by forcing them to drink urine, simulating drowning and beating them.
The same group has been caught with guns out on “safari” for its main target, pedophiles, though how it distinguishes between gay people and those who abuse children seems incredibly blurry. A spokesperson for the group tells the BBC in a disturbing video interview that the group is against the “promotion of non-traditional sexual orientation,” therein quoting directly from Russia’s gay propaganda ban.
One wonders if those signing on to support Russia’s gay propaganda ban know that they are supporting the same legislation that is enabling such vigilante groups, or whether they even care?