Six Conservative American Organizations Sign On To Support Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

Jim Burroway

September 4th, 2013

Six American organizations have joined an international coalition in a statement supporting Russia’s so-called “anti-propaganda” law which prohibits persons and organizations from expressing their free speech rights for LGBT people. Of course, free speech rights against LGBT people are fully protected while anti-LGBT violence is officially ignored.

Six American conservative groups have signed on: the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, GrassTopsUSA, His Servants, Linda Harvey’s Mission America, Population Research Institute, and the World Congress of Families, which will hold its next Congress in Moscow in 2014. The statement repeats Russia’s propaganda that the legislation is only meant to “protect (the) innocence and moral formation of children“: (PDF: 68KB/4 pages):

The signing entities below are highly concerned about the heavy attacks that the Russian Federation is facing due to its recent Federal Law of June 29, 2013 No. 135-FZ “On Amendments to Article 5 of the Federal Law On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development …” that protects innocence and moral formation of children by prohibiting propaganda of “non-traditional sexual relationships” among them.

We affirm that the natural family created through the marriage of a man and a woman is the foundation of any human society and is entitled to protection by society and the State as stated in the international Human Rights norms, including Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 16 (3)). Any harmful initiative for the natural family is destructive for the society as a whole. We also affirm that the children need special protection due to their innocence and immaturity.

We acknowledge that the Russian law protects the innocence of children and the basic rights of their parents recognized in the international legislation and treaties. With its new law Russia is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated “values” aggressively imposed in many modern societies. We also note that the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not outlined in the existing binding international treaties and agreements.

We thus call for respect of the sovereignty of the Russian people and we invite all organizations and people who feel responsible for the protection of the innocence of children and their rights, the natural family and parental rights to stand up for Russia, as well as for Ukraine and Moldova suffering the same pressure due to similar laws.


September 4th, 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.


September 4th, 2013

They should unite under a single banner…BIGOTS UNITED.

Priya Lynn

September 4th, 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.

Ben in Oakland

September 4th, 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.

Timothy Kincaid

September 4th, 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.

Timothy Kincaid

September 4th, 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.



September 4th, 2013

I had never heard of the Catholic group mentioned above so looked them up online (see: 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)


September 4th, 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:

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:


September 4th, 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.

Fritz Keppler

September 5th, 2013

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


September 5th, 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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