June 13, 2013.
According to The Independent, Russia is set to pass a strict anti-gay law that could see foreigners deported for “sexual propoganda.”
I don’t think most people want to really discuss this issue. It is a generic issue—important in the glbt community due to “Christianists” from America going to African nations, etc, and telling them that homosexuality, etc., is bad and how they need to follow our example—America is what all other nations should become. It is the excuse given for the radical Islamists attacking America: that we have come into “their” part of the world and tried to not only convert them to Christianity but to western ways, etc.
In the opposite direction, we do not want Muslims, or any other group, coming to America—which means they acknowledge is the best place to live—and then try to change it to fit the place they ran away from, Sharia law being only one example.
It reminds me of what I was told about Arizona and that part of the nation. Years ago, many people with medical problems were told by their physicians that they could breathe and feel better if they went to a dry area, such as Arizona. So many moved there and immediately started trying to make it like the place they came from, planting the very plants that they were told to get away from, etc.
So while we take offense at Russia rejecting our people who come there and try to tell them what to do, we should take care of our own problems and stop trying to run the rest of the world. It is arrogance, extreme, to think that other people/nations need us to tell them how to think and act.
This may not seem “right” when we think about the black civil rights movement in America. There were people, influential, in the south that were never going to end slavery so people from other areas had to come and enforce the law and shame the “Christians” who were racists. Such people were attacked as outsiders, but that was nonsense—they were Americans.
(Although of course my relatives lied and called anyone attempting to end racial injustice an “outsider,” and that included other southerners born and raised here.)