Gay groups and sympathizers across the world joined Canada last week in denouncing Russia’s new law that forbids the lionizing of sodomizing, but the Russian government appeared utterly indifferent to this cacophony. When homophiles in Stockholm, Sweden, painted the crosswalk markers outside the Russian Embassy with all the colors of the rainbow, it elicited no response from anyone inside. And where the exhibitionist pouring of Russian vodka down a sewer in New York might have reduced Russian vodka sales in Manhattan, it might just as likely have increased them in Texas.
In Russia a national petition urging that a well-known television journalist be fired for volubly defending the law, picked up a paltry 3,500 signatures and fizzled. One British journalist deplored the “creeping acceptability of homophobia in Russia.” He seemed unaware that the law passed Russia’s lower house by a vote of 436-0 – possibly a “sign” that Russian “homophobia” had done quite a bit of creeping already.
That's why Russia is not likely to back down. When a popular transvestite comedian was fired because of the law, there was no public outcry. When Dmitry Kiselyov, a star television journalist, was discovered to have said in a debate that the Russian law did not go far enough the audience applauded heartily, and Kislyov has flatly refused to recant.
Canadians urged to defy the law
In Canada, the country’s self-appointed national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, urged attendees at next February’s Russian Olympics to openly defy the Russian law. It is “extremely unlikely” Russian police carrying truncheons will round up gay protesters, said the Globe. It's more probable, however, that the protesters would encounter no police at all, only some 25,000 Russian women carrying icons.
The Globe does not seem to understand that Russia's opposition to public acceptance of sodomy is not rooted in the government but in the people, led by the Russian Orthodox Church. The highly articulate Cambridge graduate and classical music composer, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, No. 2 man in the Russian ecclesiastical hierarchy, does not shrink from providing the rationale.
Been there, done that
Russia, he says, is usually portrayed as behind the West in accepting unchristian practices like homosexuality. In fact, he says, it’s far ahead of the West. These supposedly liberal "advances" are part of the process of secularization in which “the state sets a principle of secularity, independent of any outside authority,” including moral authority, and then “preconditions” the people to accept it.
Russians embarked upon this with the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. After 70 years it left them with the highest suicide, abortion, divorce and alcoholism rates in the world. They yearn for a return to the old moral order, namely Christianity. They also know where the West is headed, and they don’t want to go back there.
- “Russian journalist Dmitry Kiselyov defends 'homophobic' comments in TV debate,” The Telegraph, Aug. 13, 2013