Op Ed: Conservative groups sign joint statement in support of Russia’s anti-gay laws


In other news that will surprise no one: a bunch of conservative groups have signed a joint statement in support of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Most of the world has spoken out strongly against Russia’s ban on “homosexual propaganda,” but well, considering there are groups that AGREE WITH Uganda’s “kill the gays bill,” some of the so-called Religious Right have forgotten a certain “judge not lest ye be judged” line.

Titled “Statement by worldwide organizations in support of the Russian Federal Law On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development,” the document is signed by just over a hundred organizations from multiple countries. Six of them are American-based: the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, GrassTopsUSA, His Servants, Population Research Institute, World Congress of Families, and Mission: America.

Also to no one’s surprise, most of the groups’ names make it obvious they’re religious as well as conservative. Most seem to be Christian, but also present are the Muslim Coordination to the Alliance for the Family, Muslim Coordination to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (what, are gay people supposedly corrupting fetuses now?) and the Islamic Medical Association, all from the UK.

Right Wing Watch noted that certain speakers for the World Congress of Families, which put out the press release reaffirming the groups’ bigotry, and the group Mission: America, seem “to have put aside their anti-Islam activism for the purpose of the statement, which was also signed by a handful of UK-based Islamic groups.”

The full text of the statement is below, so those who want to read the full text don’t need to give them any more page hits:

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 entities below are highly concerned about the heavy attacks that the Russian Federation is facing due to its recent Federal Law of June 29, 2013 No. 135-FZ “On Amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development…” that protects innocence and moral formation of children by prohibiting propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relationships” among them.

We affirm that the natural family created through the marriage of a man and a woman is the foundation of any human society and is entitled to protection by society and the State as stated in the international Human Rights norms, including Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 16 (3)). Any harmful initiative for the natural family is destructive for the society as a whole. We also affirm that the children need special protection due to their innocence and immaturity.

We acknowledge 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.

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