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Anti-Gay Activist Austin Ruse Claims Human Rights Groups Back Russia

Vladimir is busy supporting the Kremlin’s anti-gay policies, which is not surprising since American conservatives apparently adore Vladimir Putin no end. In one of their latest offerings, brought in Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.

Ruse asserts
in the column he wrote for that Russia’s laws banning “gay propaganda” and proposals to strip children from same-sex couples and banning adoption by Russian same-sex couples and in nations that have same-sex marriage are all part of some noble quest for human rights.

Apparently he hasn’t been informed about the growing crackdown on Catholics and non-Orthodox Christians. At least one Pentacostal church has been torn down in Russia already. Going back to 2002, World Net Daily has actually reported on Catholic priests being harassed in Russia.

Flag_of_Russia.svgRuse wrote that:

“This week more than 100 human rights and other groups from around the world signed a joint statement supporting the new Russian law banning gay propaganda aimed at school children.

The signers are ‘highly concerned about the heavy attacks that the Russian Federation is facing due to its recent Federal Law…that protects innocence and moral formation of children…

The signers cite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that the family is the fundamental unit of society and “is entitled to protection by society and State.”

Vatican City FlagThey assert the new Russian law “protects the innocence of children and the basic rights of their parents recognized in international legislation and treaties.” They also note that the concepts of “sexual orientation and gender identity” are not outlined in the existing binding international treaties and agreements.

What’s more, of the 100-plus groups on the list, “most consider themselves human rights organizations.”

The six US-based groups are all anti-gay groups who have nothing to do with human rights. One of them is the World Congress of Families. As Equality Matters notes, their spokesman said that marriage equality doomed the United States to extinction. WCF has also worked to recriminalize homosexuality.

Another group to sign onto the declaration was Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Ooopsie, and didn’t mention that. This is called conflict of interest. As far as C-FAM’s human rights work, they have tried to block a UN treaty protecting the rights of the disabled, and championing the former Polish government’s attempts to fire teachers for discussing homosexuality.

Ruse’s group apparently sees themselves as part of the ‘human rights’ community because of their promotion of the discredited and extremely damaging ex-gay therapy. Ruse has often cited the discredited works of psychiatrists Paul McHugh and misused Lisa Diamond to back up his claims.

McHugh claims that “sexual orientation is not immutable”, and Lisa Diamond claims that “no scientific or popular consensus … that definitively ‘qualify’ an individual as lesbian, gay or bisexual.”

Sigmund Freud was the first to reject the idea that sexual orientation is not immutable. He refused to engage in any attempt to ‘cure’ lesbians or gays claiming that sexual orientation was set early in life. A century later, the American Psychological Association has affirmed that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and cannot be cured.

Diamond, who is a psychology professor at the University of Utah, has often attacked anti-gay people like Ruse for misappropriating her words none of which say anything “whatsoever about the immutability of sexual orientation itself.”

The problem for Ruse and is while they are busy lauding Russia’s attacks on LGBT people, they are ignoring the slow crackdown on non-Orthodox Christians and people of non-Christian faiths. Bans have gone into place in various towns forbidding Sikhs from worshiping, Catholic priests have been harassed by the Russian federal police, a Pentacostal church was torn down in 2012, and thugs have been given carte blanche to assault and murder anyone who is not an Orthodox Rus.

Unfortunately, it is not all that surprising that Ruse and the other Conservatives are applauding Putin for going after LGBT people while ignoring the Kremlin’s suppression of others.

After all, how did that poem go? “First they came. . .”



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