Gay? Olympic Athlete? Careful in Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Posted: August 2, 2013 in homosexuality, legal / law
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It’s been in the news quite a bit the last week or month, that Russia has passed a law against “gay propaganda.” As in any advocacy, any outreach, any PDA … you face fines at the very least. That could pose a problem for the Winter Olympic Games which are to be held in 2014 in Sochi (in Russia).

What came out last week was that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) had received assurances from “the highest level” of government that anyone affiliated with the Olympics – athlete, coach, press, spectators – would be free from persecution. Then, the people who had been the prime advocates for the law, came out and said “nope.” Well, not quite “nope,” but they very vehemently stated that the law is in full effect and would not be selectively applied or selectively not applied. This has sparked numerous protests including a movement to boycott Russian vodka.

Hence the WND snippet linking to an ABC article, “‘Gay’ Athletes Face Prosecution at 2014 Olympics.” The snippet basically says what I said above but without quite as much background.

Now, let’s pretend that instead of gays, it was Christians that this law was aimed against. With that little imagination in play, let’s look at the WND commenters. (This is why I started this blog — so that people could see the kind of bigotry and hatred that’s out there.)

Of 50 comments, the top-rated right now is from “crowleycr” with 10 up and 0 down votes: “my advice would be not to disobey laws in foreign countries you are a guest in. If that is a problem, stay home and enjoy yourselves.” Think they would say this if it was a ban on Christian propaganda?

Or what about the third-highest-rated comment based on Disqus’s rating scheme. It’s by “wearyconservative1946” with 13 up and 2 down votes: “I always knew there was SOMETHING redeemable about Russia. Looks like you’re about the last hold out for any form of decency and morality left in a fallen world of sin and perversion.”

Now, I don’t know how exactly the law will be enforced. Or what kind of activity or display would be considered tipping an arresting officer over the edge. I’ll admit one or two WND people raise a decent point. “Lady Di” writes some horrificly bigoted things, but she also states: “These gay athetes just need to go and compete in the physical competitions and nothing more.”

I kinda see that point. But at the same time, I have a shirt that has a bunch of DNA strands and they’re in rainbow colors. The shirt says, “Awesome Is in My DNA.” Would that get me fined? If so, then I have an issue here. Granted, I have an issue with the broader law which, if in the US, would clearly be unconstitutional. But, at the same time, you’re there for the Olympics, and granted there’s a lot of sex that goes on among the athletes at the Olympics (over 70,000 condoms were used at the 2012 Olympics in London among athletes), but none of that is public. If you’re reading this, what do you think?

Before I start to agree too much with WND people, here’s a comment from “ernestomattaponi” to round things out: “I think we should ban air from homos. You can get HIV from breathing their used air.”

I think we should ban the internet and public discourse from most WND readers and contributors. You can get stupid from reading or listening to what they say.

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Comments
  1. I disagree that “Lady Di” had anything close to a point that gay athletes should compete and nothing more. If my partner won a gold medal, I know *I* would want to give them a hug and a kiss, right then and there, regardless of their gender, without fear of imprisonment.

    Part of me really hopes the Russian authorities DO try to make systematic arrests beloved athletes who happen to be gay, and then get hammered my the international community for it. But I know that people who will suffer are the athletes and their loved ones.

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