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  1. jpeckjr
    September 4, 2013

    I accept their point that Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova, as sovereign nations, have the international right to pass whatever laws they wish. Other nations, also sovereign, have the international right to object, communicate those objections, and take actions to support their objections.

    That’s rational, reasonable me speaking.

    My emotional reaction: well, if you like what they’re doing, maybe you should move there, really show your support! If you don’t like freedom-loving America, then move to Russia. That’s what right-wingers used to say to liberals during the Communist era.

  2. jerry
    September 4, 2013

    They should unite under a single banner…BIGOTS UNITED.

  3. Priya Lynn
    September 4, 2013

    “Six American conservative groups have signed on: the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute…”.

    How incredibly hypocritcal of them.

    Its also ironic to see all these Americans who no doubt have at many times pointed to the American right to free speech as proof that the United States is morally superior to all other nations now take a position opposing the right to free speech.

  4. Ben in Oakland
    September 4, 2013

    Nearly 50 years ago, I wrote a 40 page paper for my junior high history class about the dangers of a two party system, especially one divided by a left right ideological divide. Since the majority of the students wrote 10 pages papers, my teacher and the principal were suitably impressed.

    The point of my paper was a simple one: after a certain point, the further left or right the parties go, the less their differences matter, and the more the differences look like similarities.

    It appears I had the voice of prophecy even then, as the far right drops its knickers for Putin.

  5. Timothy Kincaid
    September 4, 2013

    Often times I argue that, no, not all conservatives hate you. Not all Christians hate you. Not all Republicans hate you.

    But, just in case you are wondering… yes, these people really do hate you and wish you harm.

  6. Timothy Kincaid
    September 4, 2013

    Its also ironic to see all these Americans who no doubt have at many times pointed to the American right to free speech as proof that the United States is morally superior to all other nations now take a position opposing the right to free speech.

    yes!

  7. JohnAGJ
    September 4, 2013

    I had never heard of the Catholic group mentioned above so looked them up online (see: http://c-fam.org/). Here are some things I found interesting that BTB might want to explore further:

    1) Listed on their Staff page is Wendy Wright, formerly of Concerned Woman for America, as “Vice President for Government Relations and Communications”.

    2) Their Board of Directors includes Monsignor Anthony Frontiero of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. I’ve never heard of the Monsignor before, but this Pontifical Council “is a part of the Roman Curia dedicated to ‘action-oriented studies’ for the international promotion of justice, peace, and human rights from the perspective of the Roman Catholic Church.” (Wikipedia).

    3) Their Board of Directors also includes John O’Sullivan of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. According to his Wikipedia bio, O’Sullivan is “a British conservative political commentator and journalist and currently vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty”. Bear in mind that RFE/RL is “a broadcaster funded by the U.S. Congress” (Wikipedia), so YOUR tax dollars pays this man’s salary.

    4) Their Board of Patrons includes some minor royals of deposed Houses, but also 1 Brit: Lord Nicholas Windsor “the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, a great-grandson of King George V of the United Kingdom. He is a first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II”. (Wikipedia)

  8. JohnAGJ
    September 4, 2013

    A quick perusal of two more:

    1) Population Research Institute is another Catholic group, with quite a number of Christendom College Alumni among it’s Staff: http://www.pop.org/content/meet-our-staff-0

    Christendom College is a very traditional school in Front Royal, VA.

    2) His Servants has most of the usual suspects of “ex-gay” groups on its Links page: http://www.hisservants.net/links.htm

  9. Neil
    September 4, 2013

    Of course, free speech rights against LGBT people are fully protected while anti-LGBT violence is officially ignored.

    In a nutshell. It’s a position that confesses a lack of courage of conviction. The anti-gay movement haven’t faith their arguments can withstand an open contest of ideas and swoon at the prospect of a political environment in which the opposition can be banned by force of criminal law.

    The organisations taking part in this coalition couldn’t have stated more clearly their opposition to a 1st Amendment right to free speech.

  10. Fritz Keppler
    September 5, 2013

    Now I’m understanding why they call them Red States.

  11. kokas
    September 5, 2013

    Am I the only one who thinks this could actually work in our favor? The American far-right supports gay persecution and the’re the same people who thought Russia should’ve been bombed during the Cold War!! This is something that could actually make them see that the gay community and the Russians have more in common than they think! Ok, maybe it’s just wishful thinking and will never happen (sigh).

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