by Eric Walberg
The Russian federal law “for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating a Denial of Traditional Family Values”, also referred to in English-language media as Russia's gay propaganda law, is intended to protect children from being taught that homosexuality is a norm in society, that it contradicts traditional family values. Sounds okay.
Gays find male-female sex disgusting, don't reproduce, so they don't qualify as traditional family. And is it really such a good idea to teach children that gay sex is just the same as male-female sex, equally deserving of respect? Equal before the law? Only a few decades ago, this would have been anathema, while Putin's law would have been seen as American as apple pie, or dare I say, motherhood.
Russia weathered the noisy gay activists at the 2012 Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. But the gloves are off. This World Cup 2022 would have been a circus if Qatar hadn't stared down the pink brigade.
The antics that the various teams, the German in particular, got away with, were … silly, pathetic. None of them are 'gay'. I don't know about you, but I feel insulted when I'm being patronized. Au contraire, the gay mafia basks in the warmth of sexy footballers singing serenades to them.
The Russian law is clearly in response to the campaign mounted by the 'gay international' not only against Russia but against the world: to make gay rights a key part of all countries' laws. Forget about trying to make people like gays. Just make sure the 'gay international' can police your country's behaviour, and if it veers ever so slightly from the current gay lib(eration) agenda, then they can launch campaigns to defame anyone brave enough to voice a dissenting opinion.
Did I hear SANCTIONS? The new favourite weapon wielded by the richest countries (who just happened to make their wealth on the backs of the world's poor) against the backward deplorables of the world.
Some laws are more equal than others
Laws are meant to make society work smoothly, which means people have to control their behaviour in public so as not to offend others. Whether in dress and acts, you should be mindful of others, try not to offend.
This use of the law to force citizens to do things they don't want to do leads to the opposite result. Or shuts down entire institutions. Jewish Yeshiva University in New York was ordered by a judge to allow YU Pride Alliance. The university decided to cancel all clubs. The (new reactionary) Supreme Court stepped in and overturned the lower court ruling, though Justice Sotomayor said the court would have more to say later. The liberal Clinton appointee will have her work cut out for her.
A (straight male) university student, Thomas Klocke, in the US was trolled by a gay classmate, trying at first to seduce him, but then just because he refused the advances. It all ended up on Facebook.
The victim should have just punched the gay troller in the nose and told him to get lost, but that would make him the violent attacker and probably ruin his life. So, he just posted some angry words. The tattletale gay ran to the dean and ratted on his classmate.
The dean did the easiest thing, considering the gaylib campus morality police, and had poor Thomas sanctioned, accused of the new chief sin, homophobia. In desperation, Thomas committed suicide.*
His family filed a lawsuit, but in May 2022, the judge dismissed the Klockes’ plea, saying suicide was just an unforseen event and the defendant's carefully preserved emails were sufficient harm to punish Klocke. That he committed suicide was irrelevant.
No justice, no consequences for the gay stalker.
Contrast this with the case of (gay male) Tyler Clementi, whose lovingly composed Wikipedia page pulls out all the stops. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River at the age of 18, on September 22, 2010.
Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, used a webcam on his dorm room computer and his hallmate Molly Wei's computer to view and record Clementi kissing another man, and posting on Twitter. Molly Wei was let go for squealing on Ravi.
After 5 years of court cases, appeals (surely costing $100,000s), Ravi spent 20 days in jail, was forced to do community service, but finally had remaining charges dropped, and mercifully was not deported to India.
Ellen DeGeneres described herself as devastated by Clementi's death, that Something must be done. And the upshot? Did Klocke's nameless gay accuser feel any remorse? Maybe, but gays notoriously despise 'breeders'. It's a victory to seduce one.
Klocke's family were doubly devastated, scorned by the merciless US legal system. Not even a bit of blood money to pay the bills.
Laws should help make social life run smoothing… If the 5% of the population who call themselves sexual minorities insist on acting out their sexuality publicly, propositioning cute straight guys, this is offensive to the targets.
It's called sexual harassment. Is it wrong to ask people, all people, to respect others and not act out offensively in public? Is that so hard?
The come back is ‘you should learn to see gays as part of the norm,’ i.e, you should come to accept homosexuality as normal, acceptable, good. For all but the 'collective West', that is just not the case and never will be.
The gaylibbers think they can conquer the world with their new ideology, much like communists a century ago thought they could conquer the world with their ideology. Despite the communist ideology being very attractive (bread, land, peace), they failed.
Alert to gaylibbers: believe what you like, but you live in a bubble. Just as the West's sanctions against Russia have failed to destroy it, the extra bile heaped on Russia for the gay law is unlikely to do more than show the West as fanatical, captive of a sterile theory of sexuality, making life miserable for the norm.
And why do I think my position is nonnegotiable? As a Muslim, the only thing in the world that is nonnegotiable is the Quran. Or if you are a Catholic, Orthodox or evangelical Christian, or Orthodox Jew, your connection with God. Society's mores change over time, but scripture should provide the basics that don't change.
You don't have to be religious to see the gaylib agenda is toxic. Douglas Murray, neocon Welsh wunderkind, is gay, but believes that homosexuality is an unstable component on which to base an individual identity and a hideously unstable way to try and base any form of group identity. In The Madness of Crowds, Murray defends voluntary conversion therapy, and asserts that homophobia has mostly been vanquished.
As Murray knows from personal experience, the main problem is with male-male (m-m) sex. In all three monotheisms, m-m sex is a sin. Homosexuals are expected to be celibate. That's not very likely, given testosterone, so how do the monotheisms deal with it? Leviticus 18:22 most famously Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Punishment: death.
Jesus never referred to homosexual behaviour. There are at least three passages that refer to non-heterosexual sexual intercourse in the New Testament, all of which are found in Pauline epistles.
Take Romans 1:26–27. For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.
Christianity was based on a new covenant with God, so you can argue that homosexuality is up for grabs, but that's not how Paul and his successors saw it. And still see it. Punishment: depends, including death.
But a lot has happened in the last 2 millennia, including
*the Reformation and the rise of hundreds of Christian sects with their own ideas about a new covenant with God,
*the rapid industrialization and enrichment of the imperialist countries,
*the collapse of traditions, especially religion.
With the shocking decline of religion, the forbidden apple was ripe to be harvested.
All roads lead to hedonism
Homosexuals traditionally are despised or at best ignored in society. So where did this fawning love-fest celebrating the 'love that dares not speak its name' come from? The 19th-20th centuries provided a new level playing field called the factory. People became regimented, manipulated en masse to meet the needs of profit.
At the same time, consumerism grew to provide demand for the many mass-produced goods. Which replaced religion as the ideological glue holding people together. Now people are atomized, living in large cities, devoted to pleasure, more than 5% of whose residents are 'gay', as these men-men flocked to the cities.
By the 1950s, 'gay' became the nonpejorative compromise meme, a trendy term that replaced the 19th century 'homosexual' and the pre-19th century mary, fairy, pansy, fruit, bent, bugger, invert, pervert.
In the past, there was no real attention directed at m-m sex. The maries were considered marginal and sinful, best ignored or mocked, like prostitutes or others with disabilities, be it humped back, Downs syndrome, autism, deaf-mute. Basically, the sexual minorities slot was 'other'.
So, if you had any sense, you lived out your fantasies quietly, on the margin, where you were less likely to be victimized.
The big event that launched gay liberation was WWII. when more than 70 million European and Americans men were forced to live in male-only company for up to 7 years. While sex was illegal and almost all abided by the law, the 5% who were gay were able to find each other and/or seduce shy, lonely straights into … mostly quick anonymous release, but occasionally more. Gay romance was born in the fox holes of the mass slaughter-fest.
The McCarthyite '50s was a retrenchment, with teachers and other government officials purged if suspected of being gay, but the cat was out of the bag. And the 15,000 fired teachers were able to join the purged communists and ask for redress or at least respect.
And, like the holocaust, where homosexuals were killed/ tortured along with Jews, there is now a religion of self-hate by nongays, non-Jews, even German footballers. The communists just disappeared and no one mourns them.
But 1968, summer of love, led to 1969, summer of Stonewall riots and gay activism. And not just gays, but the more radical challenge to traditional morality, transgenders. People who insist they can magically change their sex, despite the overwhelming evidence that your birth as a male means male-for-life. Same for females, though, with clothes on, they can at least look like teenage boys.
Full civil rights were achieved easily in the 1970s, when gaylib was at its peak of public acting out, promoting promiscuity of all kinds as the new norm. For a minority to get legal recognition is of course good, but just being legal was not enough.
Laws prohibiting discrimination against gays in any capacity and legislating gay marriage, were passed, famously forcing bakers out of business unless they would bake gay wedding cakes.
Again, laws are being wielded as weapons to victimize normal citizens in the interests of a tiny, shrill minority. Sounds like abuse. The abused turning into the abuser. Klocke's tormentor turned into killer. And that sounds like zionism, killing normal Palestinians, citizens in their homeland. And coincidentally zionism and gaylib appeared on the world stage at the same time.
And not surprisingly, zionists are big on gaylib. Israel is the-only-democracy-in-the-Middle-East, the-gay-capital-of the-Middle-East. Israel is a US cultural dagger in the heart of the Arab world. And watch out Qatar! That means you too.
Which brings me to Islam. The Qur’an makes no direct mention of homosexuality. Like Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad, channeling the word of God, also did not highlight m-m sex in the delineation of laws in al-Baqara or al-Nisaa.
There is a prohibition of any sex outside marriage, which must be witnessed by four, and punishment as lashes for both guilty parties, but if they both repent and mend their ways, leave them alone: for, behold, God is an acceptor of repentance, a dispenser of grace (Al-Nisaa, v. 16). The plural 'they' is generally accepted as including homosexual relations.
Of course, all three monotheisms have Sodom and Gomorrah as the fire and brimstone spectacle of God's wrath against … yes, male-male sex. Gaylib hermeneutics dismisses S&G as all about violence, not m-m sex. The logic goes
1) God makes some people gay/lesbian,
2) God is loving, therefore,
3) a loving God cannot proscribe all gay activity as in Leviticus.
Much the same logic that atheists use to dismiss religion:
1) God creates everything,
2) God is loving, therefore
3) a loving God cannot exist because there is so much evil in the world and people suffer needlessly.
Islam is much clearer and vaguer. S&G is like, really really bad. Why? Because the corruption of the Sodomites was soooo bad that even raping women was not enough kicks, they wanted the ultimate sin, rape those pretty male angels staying at Lot's place. Get blasted, pin them down, and turn on.
Of course, they were drinking and probably smoking dope, but God saves the brimstone for the really really bad deeds. What is this but a description of the 'collective West' today, where gaylib rules the roost, with 'pride' flags fluttering at US embassies around the world, especially in countries where male-male sex is still a sin?**
So, getting back to Putin. His law looks a bit like an act of desperation. But only in the eyes of gaylibbers. Two centuries of capitalism have led to this incredible hothouse beast, the gender fluid nonbinary human being who can be whatever 'they' want. And the rest of you breeders can shut up and accept us as your equal.
Non-gay Russians understand that they want traditional values. They had their revolution, their playing with 'anything goes' in the 1920s.
'Anything goes' proved to be a disaster and was rejected in the Soviet Union, but the West is determined to make Russia live the way the West wants, which includes children being taught they can be any sex they want, children sitting around a transwoman (or just crossdresser), sitting on her lap hearing gay-friendly children's stories from adults, who are always right in a child's eyes.
This is a very short step away from pedophilia, and has already been quietly stopped in Toronto libraries and many cities in the US where it was happening without any authorization, any control.
In most of the world, homosexuality is illegal and will remain that way. Before imperialism, it was not part of any pre-capitalist moral code (apart from Leviticus). Each society dealt with these outliers (if they existed at all in small tribal groups). Anthropologists have fun trying to impose their sexual politics on pre-capitalists with mixed success. And of course, now that gay is the law for these western anthropologists, their research will be slanted to include the current 'gay is good' agenda.
In the past, there was no need for laws to control the behaviour of such non-conformists. It was just frowned on, occasionally resulting in pogroms, sometimes in tandem with Jews, the other great outsider, despised for their insularity and strange customs, including usury, arguably a worse sin than even m-m sex.
Such medieval lynching was not nice so laws were made for both gays and Jews. They both took the opportunity to push their agendas, LGBTQA and apartheid Israel.
The parallel between Jews and gays in their history as victim is strong. The sudden elevation of both outsider minorities to the heart of the 'collective West', i.e., imperialism, at the same time, is truly breathtaking. All the unpalatable customs must be celebrated. Grovel!
Resisting the moral morass
What can we do? Muslims living in non-Muslim countries like Canada should emigrate again, if the local laws make them violate their beliefs. For Muslim, that means avoiding drunken parties and being careful of who your friends are.
In Quebec it's much more difficult. Muslims are victimized if they try to wear hijab in public, are very upset, and considering moving. In Ontario, they vote blindly for Doug Ford, as he cleverly spoke out against the gaylib agenda in schools. That meant nothing in fact, but it helped re-elect a truly vile politician. Gender politics is also a battleground in the US.
The personal has become very political, despite Pierre Elliot Trudeau's insistence in 1967 that the government should get out of our bedrooms.
I suspect that for most people who saw the Germans' antics at the World Cup, their message backfired. It was obviously political and it was hypocritical to deny that. 'Human rights' is now just another term that has lost any meaning, like our vaunted freedom and democracy. Other than the right to live in peace, the right to your connection with God, there are no universals, no non-negotiables in the dunya.
Putin is slow on confronting Israel's racism, but he sure as hell is not going to let gaylib take over Russia. He decided to act to prevent the grooming of Russian children by sexual predators, who are 10% gay, double the 5% of the population that are gay. That the Russian law is seen as malevolent is a sign of how depraved our rulers, how depraved we have become.
And it's not only Putin and Murray. In 2021, Hungary passed a law (157-1) taking more severe action against pedophile offenders and amending certain acts for the protection of children, and more to the point, since 2012,
*4% of Hungary’s GDP spent on family policy,
*lifetime tax exemption and student debt cancellation to mothers with three children,
*subsidies for families seeking to buy or build a house, three-year maternity leave, and loans for families that don’t have to be paid back once the third child is born.
*Abortion rates fell by 40% between 2010 and 2020
*significant increase in births of third children.
*marriage rate is up 102%, the divorce rate is down 24%, and
*abortions among married women have fallen from 45% to 23%.
Orban is a great pal of both Putin and Douglas Murray, and sees a return to family values, and reducing the presence of gaylib in Hungarian society, is the way to make life livable again. Amnesty International's Aron Demeter said this move was “a worrying step back”. The EU is now blackmailing Hungary by withholding 8 billion euros till it smartens up. Ho hum.
The upshot: when the government leader makes a clear case for controlling the behaviour of m-m sex, the overwhelming majority agrees. But our media and liberal leaders, all children of the swinging '60s, are all for the easy freedoms.
Not freedoms in any real sense (work, food security, shelter, peace), but freedom to be dissolute, to not have families, to raise children in an uncharted gender-fluid world of 2 daddies. Free daycare, tax holidays for mothers? Forget it.
Only conservative Jews and Christians, and Muslims, still have a moral compass. That is not a tiny minority in the collective West. Given the chance, people will protect the Klockes from the promiscuous gay stalkers, not just the gay Clementis acting out in public and getting a Twitter outing.
The gaylib war against religion will continue, but will fail, just as revised Christianity continues to lose its credibility by embracing the sin as well as the sinner.
Just as the Germans and other 'collective West' teams at the World Cup tried to score their gender-fluid points against Islam, Israeli sport commentators tried hard to show how the Arab world loves Jews. But when the real public were asked to say something, all the football fans in Qatar either told the Israelis to go to hell, or said a few words about football and then shouted 'free Palestine'.
If the pink press was there asking about gay rights, they would have been told by the Muslims more or less what I have said here. I can't speak for the 'collective West' fans, as political correctness ties most tongues.
*Klocke claimed that the gay student called him beautiful. Klocke then typed into his web browser, Stop, I’m straight. The gay student replied, I’m gay and then kept glancing at Klocke, who eventually got up and moved seats. The stalker persisted, but it was Klocke who was disciplined for allegedly harassing a gay student.
**That evangelical missionaries are subverting the US freedom mission by teaching the Bible to friendly natives goes unnoticed.
Canadian Eric Walberg is known worldwide as a journalist specializing in the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia. A graduate of University of Toronto and Cambridge in economics, he has been writing on East-West relations since the 1980s.
He has lived in both the Soviet Union and Russia, and then Uzbekistan, as a UN adviser, writer, translator and lecturer. Presently a writer for the foremost Cairo newspaper, Al Ahram, he is also a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Global Research, Al-Jazeerah and Turkish Weekly, and is a commentator on Voice of the Cape radio.