2014 Sochi Games Should Stay in Russia Inspite of New Gay Law – by Jamie Gilcig – August 12, 2013

2014 Sochi Games Should Stay in Russia Inspite of New Gay Law – by Jamie Gilcig – August 12, 2013

jg2CFN – Pink Politics are again raging in the headlines.    This time the cause is the 2014 Winter

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Olympic games in Sochi Russia.   Because of new laws (horrible ones too) passed by Mr. Putin and his government in Russia activists like the witty and talented George Takei are suggesting that the Olympics be moved to Vancouver BC for fears of punitive actions and possible attacks not only on Gay athletes, but simply anyone that supports equality.

And attacks do happen to Gays in Russia LINK

 

 

 

 

The Olympic organizers are asking for clarification of the new laws which have not met any challenges in any courts as of yet, but do have some punitive and bizarre language in the translations at least.

In the video above Mr. Takei suggested negative effects on the sponsors and big money associated against the Olympics.   Vodka is now being boycotted by many bars and businesses as well.   The push is on to punish Russia for its new law.

The law, originally titled “the law against homosexual propaganda”  was passed Unanimously, 436-0.

Holding a Gay Pride even, asking for equality, or speaking in defense of gay rights can lead to huge fines (over 30K) and other severe penalties.

Even the artistic soul of Russia, St. Petersburg, passed the law regionally.

While Russia has been a hot mess of a country, fighting off a declining population that has wrestled with the death of its communist rule to the wild and wooly changes since and the retrenchment of its Orthodox Church Homosexuality is not something new to Russia or its history.

Famous Gay Russians

While the gay press are Godwinning themselves by trying to connect the dots between the Nuremburg laws and this bizarre mess of legislation I don’t think moving the games is the solution.  I also think that sometimes we have to think about the head space or thought process of the other side.  Why is it that Russia is coming out with such a Draconian law?    Is the Gay community missing out an opportunity to understand what could be triggering this sort of mentality?  Does being gay make you Superman or Superwoman?  Do you have more rights than the hetero world?   Is it about equality or branding?  Is there a political agenda at foot?

In the tradition of Jesse Owens I think the game, although a bit risky, is to attend the games and challenge the laws.

When the Pussy Riot girls were jailed the world spoke.   This is what Russia is.  This is what the people of this country have chosen.  The Olympic committee chose to have the games in Russia.  While boycotting is a legitimate option it fails to put the question on the biggest platform and in front of the largest microphone in the world at a given moment.

Maybe a new patch of support that athletes can wear?   Maybe some of the openly gay athletes that win can say something.

To me it’s not waving a red flag in a big nasty bull’s face; but communicating the masses.    While moving the games to Vancouver may be a great solution for Canada is it really a great solution to the question?

And if any Athletes or those travelling with the games are charged what better time to challenge the law in an International court system under world scrutiny?

No, I think this time George Takei may be wrong.   Maybe we should be asking what William Shatner would do in this situation?

jg

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57 Responses to "2014 Sochi Games Should Stay in Russia Inspite of New Gay Law – by Jamie Gilcig – August 12, 2013"

  1. jules   August 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    God loves the sinner but hates the sin and wants people to repent and mean it and not repeat the same sins again. God is the only perfect being and no man or woman on the face of the earth is perfect at all whatsoever. Everyone makes mistakes and has to learn from them or pay the consequences.

  2. Richard tremblay   August 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    This is from the same bible that said jesus walks on water, moses split the red river in half, a man filled a boat with 2 every animal species in existence and that from one loaf of bread and one fish he could feed an army of people.
    – you’ll excuse my skepticism..
    – la bible est comme un coffre à outils. TU prends ce dont tu as besoins pour vivre ta vie de façon la plus honorable que tu peux.
    Like you said, we are not perfect and I’m sure upon someones death, god will have his (or her) arms open to him or her regardless of their sexual orientation. VOus pensez comme mon père qui me disait quand j’étais jeune, ne fûme pas de cigarette. Et, il avait une cigarette à la bouche.

  3. jules   August 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Oui Richard c’est ce qu’on appelle la hypocrisie à propos du père qui dit à son fils ou sa fille de ne pas fumer et lui meme a la cigarette dans sa bouche. Sa me fait rappeler de mon mari avec notre fils et notre fils a fait comme son père.

    La Bible est pour tout le monde et les gens interprète la Bible à sa façon qui est faux. Il y a seulement une vrai interpretation et la plupart ne sais pas la vrai interpretation et font peur aux autres et pour eux memes. Moi aussi j’ai pas eu la bonne interpretation et j’ai eu plusieurs interpretations qui était faux.

  4. Hungry for the Truth....   August 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Pastor Tom Newton August 19, 2013 at 6:51 am

    “And it is bad Bible exegesis to only quote part of a verse and then to ignore its context.”

    You’ll have to forgive my ignorance and dyslectic ability. That you perceive my use of a fundamental Christian teaching as a critical explanation or interpretation or as a deliberate attempt to demonstrate paganism is a little overreaching and inherent to your point.

    “You need to do better on your use of the Bible if you are going to quote Scripture as your defense.”

    I do not have any interest in using “The Bible” as my defence. I leave that to those that have come to believe to have been “CHOSEN” to do so. I do not personally have such arrogance and delusions to believe to have Divine Inspiration and hold absolute Truth.

    “I guess you are not so hungry for the Truth after all?”

    I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of purity, tolerance, and equal love for all mankind. And every day I am sorely, grossly, heinously and deeply offended. I am mortified and injured by a thousand different blasphemies against it.

    When the fundamental canons of truth, honesty, compassion and decency are hourly assaulted by pompous prelates, sanctimonious censors and self-appointed moralists that recourse to ancient laws to decimante a message of hopelesness and despair I have to ponder; If Pontius Pilate had asked “Who is Truth?” instead of “What is truth?” he may have found the answer. One of the world’s greatest problems is the impossibility of any person searching for the truth on any subject when they believe they already have it. I believe in evil. It is the property of all those who are certain of Truth.

    I’m appealing to you to reflect on your own culpability for the continued violence against Gays and Lesbians and the high rate of suicide among homosexuals tormented by the intolerance of family members, the church, and the teaching of the belief that God hates them.

    I’m certain you do not wish this upon any family.

  5. Furtz   August 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    @ Richard tremblay. You neglected to mention the talking snake, and the FACT that “God” created the universe and everything in it in six 24-hour days five thousand years ago. Nothing too far-fetched about that, is there?

  6. Furtz   August 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    @ Jules. If I was to tell you that Roman Catholicism is a false religion, and its adherents are idol worshipers and will burn in hell for eternity if they don’t repent, could we still be friends?

  7. silentfrancoamerican   August 26, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    What does who you sleep with have to do with the games? Leave it to you english to start shit and the whole world is supposed to cow to you. When does your entitlement end?

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