Well, if we've learned anything in the past week or so, it's when it comes to passing anti gay laws, the Russians are pussies.
Indeed, in the grand scheme of things, after listening to Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, the Arizona legislature, and some slick Washington lobbyist named, Jack Burkman it would be reasonable to consider the Russian law forbidding,"gay propaganda," no big deal at all.
The republican rubes in Arizona passed SB1062 last week, which says any business owner in the state can, based on his or her faith, deny services to anyone they want. In other words you don't have to sell a pizza to a gay person if you believe homosexuality is a sin. The reaction to the law was swift and didn't just come from the LGBT community. Both of Arizona's U.S. senators urged Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill. In addition various Arizona Chambers of Commerce have come out against it, as have corporate giants, American Airlines, Marriott, and Apple. Even the 2015 Super Bowl host committee has urged Brewer to reject the measure.
The governor has been in Washington, giving the president the finger and hasn't done anything yet, but sources close to her say she will, "probably veto it." It is amazing how tolerant big business conservatives get when profit margins and a tourism industry are on the line.
In the District of Columbia, Jack Burkman--apparently outraged the openly gay Michael Sam will be drafted by some pro team--hit upon a bright idea. FOX Sports is reporting Burkman is composing a bill he hopes some social conservative will champion which would ban gay players from the NFL. According to FOX, Burkman told an interviewer from thehill.com that, "We are losing our decency as a nation."
He added, "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That's a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world is this country coming to?"
Burkman claims he has political backing for the bill, but won't name names--sort of a don't ask, don't tell deal at the moment. He also says, "If the NFL has no morals and no values then congress must find values for it." The lobbyist's bio describes him as a former political analyst for FOX News and notes he was "particularly well known for his work with FOX analyzing the impeachment of Bill Clinton."
An article in Slate is claiming Big Jack is now saying his, "bill" is just a publicity stunt, but might be useful for some candidate to latch onto in order to prove how conservative he or she is. Slate doesn't mention the anti gay rant, which is available on his site, where he urges parents not to let their sons join the boy scouts because they now accept gay members.
Of course all of this pales in comparison to the gruesome news out of Uganda. Yesterday, President Museveni signed off on legislation which criminalizes homosexuality to the extent you could get life in the slammer if you're a, "serial offender." This was the toned down version of the law. In its original form the maximum sentence was death.
After signing the bill into law, Museveni told the press, "Homosexuals are disgusting. What sort of people are they?" He assured everyone homosexuality was "learned" and therefore could be, "unlearned." He has also claimed there weren't any homosexuals in Uganda until westerners taught some of the locals how to become that way.
So where did this evil crank come up with all his crazed nonsense?
Here is one hint. A pro LGBT Ugandan group is suing Scott Lively in U.S. federal court. They allege the Massachusetts based evangelical lawyer and head of the organization, Defense of the Family International, consulted with Ugandan lawmakers on the legislation and contributed to its passage. Lively and cohort, Peter LaBarbera, head of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, lectured extensively about the "gay threat" in Russia prior to the crack down there. They have also made tours of Africa roiling up the masses and local governments. Although they certainly can't take credit for it all, at this point, homosexuality is illegal in 38 nations on the continent.
Yes, apparently, Lively and LaBarbera are of the mind, if you can't beat them at home, then kill them abroad.
It would seem, every now and then, Fred Phelps and the rest of the drooling yahoos at Westboro Baptist Church do win.
The word shameful doesn't even begin to describe this awful bullshit.
sic vita est