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Outbreak of Democracy In St Petersburg, Russia, Outrages The Left

Groups on the left of the political spectrum love to rant about equality buy on leftie farm as on Orwell's Animal Farm the left like to pick and choose which causes are more equal than other. Thus a new local law puttinmg a restrain on gay propaganda in St. Petersburg, Russia has lefties, gays and lesbians wailing and gnashing teeth against this outbreak of democracy.

Outbreak of Democracy In St Petersburg, Russia, Outrages The Left.

by Ed Butt
3 December 2012

In November 2011 St Petersburg, Russia shocked the liberals in the great democracies of the developed world. The legislative assembly constituted under Russian law passed at the first reading, a bill which outlawed "the promotion of homosexuality, transsexuality and paedophilia to minors". The passage of the bill provoked a quick reaction from local LGBT activists (as reported in the Washington Post). The main newspaper of America's capital city reported the St. Petersburg LGBT community organised several protests against the initiative. It also mobilised the international gay community. The bill was condemned by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) the toothless talking shop that meets, expensively, in luxuriously appointed premises in Strasbourg to debate issues they can do nothing about (The people who really run Europe are no fans of democracy). The US state department also threw its hat in the ring, protesting against this violation of human rights and thousands of people from around the world signed an online petition against its implementation.

St Petersburg, which is deemed the cultural capital of Russia was accused with a kind of camp hyperbole of "drifting into medieval barbarity".Opponents of the bill say it not only equates homosexuality to paedophilia but separates homosexuality and heterosexuality. Well I should think it is impossible not to separate homosexuality and heterosexuality. Most homos I've met in recent years cannot shut up about how much more fun it is being queer than being straight. Us hets know we have the best deal so we just quietly get on with it. The whine that under the bill heterosexuality can be promoted does not stand up of course as nobody would ever need to promote a heterosexual lifestyle, it just sort of comes naturally to most of us. The fact that people feel a need to speak publicly, write of make films and write plays about how good homosexual lifestyles are is a bit of a giveaway really.

As part of their campaign the GBLT campaigners have sandwiched a claim that Russia's most famous homosexual, Tchaikovsky was a native of St. Petersburg between their self pity and hyperbole. Though the composer was a misogynist and there are many claims that he was fully homosexual and his marriage a sham, most of these come from people anxious to claim on the most tenuous evidence that a famous or talented person was gay and can be considered gay propaganda. While there is certainly plenty of evidence he had homosexual tendencies while young and his marriage was unhappy. The state of marital relationships may just as easily have been because it was arranged and because Tchaikovsky was dependent on his wife's money. Such propaganda should be filed in the same recepticle as claims that Beethoven was black simply because in one sketch he is depicted as having a wide nose and curly hair or Shakespeare did not write his plays because he was an uneducated preasant. Can we not appreciate Tchaikovsy and Beethovens music and Shakespeare's writing without all these silly leftie identifty politics games? The fact that the painter Caravaggio was homosexual or Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an opium addict did not make them respectively greater or lesser practivioners of their art.

GBLT claims that homosexuality and talent are somehow linked should be treated with no more credence that the myth that gay men have great dress sense. If you call being overdressed for every occasion having a sense of style then you might agree, most of us would simply call it vanity.

Similarly the notion that gay men have a gift for interior design. Do you want your living space to be a work of art or somewhere you feel comfortable and relaxed? Let's explode the gay myths. Homosexuals are as diverse as the rest of us, they simply have a different sexual preference.

The bill that was put before the regional assembly in St Petersburg sets administrative fines for promoting the propaganda of homosexuality, transsexuality and paedophilia. Gay rights campaigners complained the bill does not explain what "propaganda" actually means. Clearly the campaigners do not share the belief of Russians that children should not be subjected to anything their parents do not like. They have alleged the law will result in suppression of literature, music and art, and ask what is the difference between the public expression of someone's loving feelings and the promotion of a lifestyle? Can a work of art be considered propaganda? Can a protest for human rights be considered as imposing one's personal characteristics on others?

Well when that person is young and impressionable, yes they can, what is propaganda and what is not depends on the presentation and the intent.

If they gay community and their "rights hustler" supporters do not know what constitutes propaganda in this context I can help them out. Here is a short passage circulated to the media by the St Petersburg GBLT community.
"The city – where the famous Russian gay composer Peter Tchaikovsky lived, worked and died just days after conducting his Sixth Pathétique symphony, where the gay writer Nikolay Gogol wrote many of his classical works, and where a gay ballet dancer in the form of Rudolf Nureyev gracefully flew over the stage of the Mariinskiy Theatre – turned out to be in the hands of uneducated clericals. Will they ever be well known by the world, except for their anti-gay hatred?"

"Anti - gay hatred"? Aside from being a non sequitur how does a local law prohibiting the broadcasting and distribution of propaganda constitute hatred. The whole tone of the campaign against this law is hyperbolic to the point of hysteria (and were I trying to demean gays I might be tempted to point out that hysteria is their usual emotional state.) Whenever the gay community and their supporters start to whine about their rights, the complaint is usually triggered by someone reminding them that in a democracy the will of the majority is supreme and that minorities aggrieved at not getting their own way cannot usurp to themselves the right to tell the rest of us what we may or may not think, say or do.

The item reporting this case in The Guardian, Britain's most left wing, most pro gay and most likely to go out of business soon newspaper also quoted this paragraph from St. Petersburgs GBLT propaganda machine.

"The LGBT community has to unite around this case now to stop similar initiatives, not only in Russia but also in other European countries where similar bills are being discussed, such as Lithuania and Ukraine. Because this issue is not only Russian: it is an eastern European one. And this case can put a final stop to the issue by creating a European precedent."

The first comment in the thread under that report, typical of many that followed, was:

The only problem I have with this piece is that it shouldn't just be the LGBT community which unites around this case - everyone should.
Sarah8
26 November 2011 10:09AM

Everyone should. Well that's your stupid notions of freedom of thought put in perspective. This is, is it not, typical of the left in just assuming everybody agrees with the leftist orthodoxy. In fact in the UK while most people are happy to accept homosexuality (I never use the LGBT designator, in my experience homosexual men despise transvestites and transexuals - most of whom are not homosexual - and vice versa) The comments in the thread with the most recommends however were those pointing out that if democracy still means anything we should accept that it is up to the people of St Petersburg to decide on what will be law in St. Petersburg and likewise in Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Serbia, Ukraine and other sovereign nations where homosexuality is not tolerated. We in the west and particularly that small, unrepresentative, unelected and illiberal minority who style themselves progressives have no right to tell the people of these nations how to order their society or to impose on them (and on the majorities in our own countries) the moral values of that unelected minority.

The fact remains that homosexuality, whether good or bad, is with us to stay. Banning it, even executing those who practice it as has happened several times this year in African countries, does not abolish it. Drugs and psychology do not cure it, it is a natural thing for many, a lifestyle choice for others (I know that will cause offence but it is worth reminding readers the 1980s rock star Tom Robinson who wrote and recorded the anthemic "Glad to be gay" is now happily married to a wife with whom he made babies. Every society should have the right to decide the standard of behaviour permissible in their environment without some Crypto-fascist-pseudo-liberal cultural imperialist know-it-all dictating on moral issues to them. Recently the left leaning press, the BBC aka Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation and left wing blogs of the chatterati gave saturation coverage to David Cameron haranguing African leaders, telling them that they should legitimize homosexuality or else the west might have to cut off aid.

The lefties loved it, "That'll teach those homophobic bastards Dave, they congratulated the Prime Minister. Unfortunately it taught nobody anything but played into the hands of anti-gays in Africa and the world over. It was exactly what Africans needed to hear in order to sit up and assert their rights and independence and to cosy up to China which has no reservations about sub Saharan African gay hatred. Many African leaders have since taken any opportunity to tell Cameron where to stick his aid if it comes with such strings attached. No wonder many Western Media are reluctant to publish the reaction of African leaders and Heads of States. That says so much for people who trumpet freedom of expression.

Returning to the St. Petersburg proposition, nothing shows that the majority of the population is against it, protests have only come from the gay community. So, if democracy means anything, well, the people have spoken and they are happy to go with their elected representatives.

While the gay lobby in Britain, the USA, western Europe, Australia and Canada scream that gay people are being used as scapegoats they forget in Russia, where society is still largely homophobic and in most of the rest of the world male homosexuality is regarded as abhorrent. The left have no sense of humour of course and so fail to appreciate the irony in that homophobia is most rampant in those societies, Islamic nation, sub Saharan Africa, China, the macho societies of South America, that they are always telling us we must be more tolerant of in the name of multiculturalism.

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