Russians Don't Want to Be Like Decadent USA; AFTAH Interviews Dave Smith
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86 percent of Russians support bill prohibiting "gay" propaganda aimed at youth; the negative lesson of American decadence
Folks, I'm afraid that the lessons that the United States of America has to teach the world on homosexuality these days are mostly negative: Avoid our mistakes. Don't become like us. Don't foster the promotion of radical sexual and gender agendas to your young people. Don't allow your government schools to become 'pro-homosexuality zones' for impressionable students. Don't treat unhealthly sexual perversions and gender confusion as a "civil right" or "human right," etc. [see adjoining photos]
Who can blame Russians for looking at the U.S. Homosexual Lobby's "Overhauling of Straight America"(to quote the article and book by homosexual marketing strategists Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen) and saying, "No thanks!" – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
The following is a release by the World Congress of Families. [Read Brian Camenker's account of the Russian bill HERE.]
June 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
World Congress of Families Provides a Pro-Family Perspective on Russian Bill Prohibiting on Homosexual Propaganda to Minors
Today [June 11], the Russian Duma gave final approval to a bill prohibiting propaganda on "non-traditional sexual relationships" aimed at the young. The bill awaits action by the upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament (the Council of Federation) and signature by the President, but these are considered formalities.
The European Union pressured the Russian government not to approve the bill, which would prohibit homosexual propaganda that encourages promiscuous sexual behavior among minors.
In January, the Duma, initially approved the bill by a vote of 388-to-1 with one abstention. A survey by The Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion showed 86% of the Russian people support the measure.
Still, Eurocrats and the European anti-family left are making threatening noises. Germany's self-identified, gay foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, has warned that enactment of the law would "complicate the relationship between Russia and Europe." EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, a socialist, is also warning Moscow not to enact the measure.
The law was proposed by the Novosibirsk Oblast regional legislature. Dmitry Sablin of the United Russia Party, a strong supporter of the law, offers an historical perspective: "Russia is a country thousands of years old, founded on its own traditional values, the protection of which is even dearer to me than oil and gas."
World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs wondered why the West can enact laws promoting homosexuality and special rights for LGBT groups while penalizing dissent, but Russia can't prohibit homosexual propaganda targeted at vulnerable youth who should be protected from adult pressure to engage in unhealthy sexual behaviors?
Jacobs noted, "In Washington State, a florist is being sued by the attorney general for refusing to provide flowers for a 'same-sex marriage' ceremony. So-called hate crime laws are being used to punish dissent. Allowing homosexuals to serve openly in our armed forces was pushed through a lame-duck Congress. Now the Pentagon is saying that silence isn't an option – that service members will be forced to affirm homosexual behavior."
"A number of states have passed laws prohibiting minors who want to avoid homosexual behaviors from seeking reparative therapy," Jacobs added. In her speech at World Congress of Families VII in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013, Dr. Miriam Grossman discussed bans against reparative therapy as another example of the "political correct" speech that promotes harmful sexual behavior and activities to our youth.
Jacobs asked, "Why is the Russian law protecting youth from unhealthy and unwanted adult influences called a civil rights violation by some, but not a law that bans the voluntary counseling of youth who are seeking to make healthier life choices?"
The WCF Managing Director also noted the increased health risks from encouraging promiscuous homosexual behavior among susceptible youth. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, men who have sex with men (MSM) represent 2% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 61% of new AIDS cases in 2009. According to the CDC, other sexually-transmitted diseases are also prevalent among practicing homosexuals, as is depression, and suicide.
A measure similar to the Russian bill is pending in the Ukraine. On May 6, Pavel Parfentiev, WCF Ambassador to European Institutions, participated in a roundtable discussion in the Ukrainian Parliament. The forum adopted a resolution which declared: "Attacks on the family, including propaganda aimed at diminishing family or marriage between a man and a woman and traditional family values, should be regarded as a threat to society."
The roundtable also endorsed the Memorandum for the Venice Commission, drafted by Russian and Ukrainian NGOs (including the Family and Demography Foundation), showing that the proposed laws prohibiting homosexual propaganda aimed at youth are fully compatible with international human rights norms.
Partners and pro-family groups in more than 80 countries work with the World Congress of Families in its vital work, defending the natural family and the sanctity of human life. WCF Partners in Russia include the Family and Demography Foundation, the Sanctity of Motherhood Program, and St. Basil the Great Foundation.
This week, the World Congress of Families is holding a WCF Caribbean regional conference – "Building A Culture of Life and A Civilization of Love" in Trinidad, June 14-15. Click here for more information on Building A Culture of Life and A Civilization of Love, June 14-15 in Trinidad, http://wcfcaribbean2013.org/.
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Dave Smith of Ilinois Family Institute led the grassroots campaign to stop a homosexual "marriage" bill in Illinois. The bill was stalled despite Democrats possessing super-majority control of both House and Senate.
This is Part One of our interview with David Smith [click HERE to listen], Executive Director of Illinois Family Institute, which led the grassroots, pro-family coaltion effort to stall a homosexual "marriage" bill, SB 10, in Illinois. (Proponents of the bill, lacking the votes, did not call it for a vote by May 31, the last day of the legislative session. However, SB 10, which passed the Senate, remains alive to be called when legislators are back in session, through the lame-duck session in January 2015.) This interview was recorded June 6, 2012. Smith tells AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera and co-host John Kirkwood that the key to victory was the diverse grassroots opposition to the bill, especially the strong opposition from Black and Latino Christians. He describes how half the Black legislators in Springfield (all Democrats) ultimately declined to back the homosexual "marriage" bill, and calls its failure to pass in an Illinois General Assembly with Democratic super-majorities in both House and Senate a "miracle." Smith also notes the well-funded lobby campaign on behalf of the same-sex "marriage" bill — including dozens of paid lobbyists – which far surpassed (monetarily speaking) that of pro-family advocates for natural, man-woman marriage. He said that the ability of grassroots citizens to stop SB 10 "marriage" in deep-blue, Democratic-dominated Illinois shows that "gay" activists and pundits are wrong in asserting that the national triumph of homosexuality-based "marriage" is "inevitable."
Stephen Graham, a Mormon, says his Church is wrong to embrace open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts of America.
This is Part Two of our interview with Stephen Graham [click HERE to listen], founder and president of the Utah-based Standard of Liberty. It was recorded May 25, 2013. Graham, a Mormon, criticizes his Church's stance on the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) embrace of openly homosexual boys as members. A montage of audio is played from the BSA's May 24 press conference announcing passage of the pro-homosexual change — in which Scout executives acclaim the historic shift as advancing the goal of serving more kids in Scouting.Graham tells how after the decision, his adult son has resigned from his longtime affiliation with a local Scout troop (as assistant Scoutmaster) over the policy change. He reads from an e-mail his son received from his bishop (with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) — using spiritual language to urge Graham's son to reconsider his decision. Stephen Graham laments the pro-homosexual drift of LDS authorities, but asserts that most Mormons will follow their Church's new, more "gay"-affirming direction – because LDS members generally bow to their leaders' decisions. Nevertheless, he says that adhering to principle – in this case not affirming a deviant sexual identity to boys — will lead some, like him, to reject the LDS' pronouncements in this area.
TO LISTEN TO PART ONE...of our Stephen Graham interview, click HERE.
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Russians Don't Want to Be Like Decadent USA; AFTAH Interviews Dave Smith
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