American Thinker is a horrible, racist, homophobic, anti-woman, right-wing joke of a publication, and I absolutely hate the times when I agree with them (even if it’s just a little bit).
In this article, the author criticizes Obama for his condemnation of Putin over the treatment of LGBT individuals in Russia while keeping mum about the far greater atrocities carried out against homosexuals in the Muslim world. I think there is a sliver of a point here. Just a sliver. The only real takeaway is that we must remember there are other states and theocracies that are magnitudes greater in hostility towards homosexuals. We should remember to stay critical of these players as well.
It’s not hard to understand why Russia, which decriminalized homosexuality in ‘93, presents a different case than, say, Saudi Arabia, which has never had a great record on the subject. Russia’s move presents a setback on human rights where progress was once being made. Russia also plays a more important role in our foreign relations than most of the so-called Muslim countries. Now add in the fact that a vast majority of the world is hostile to homosexuals, and you can see how taking any sort of stand becomes a minefield riddled with hypocrisy and paradox. It’s a complicated world we live in.
But we could solve our complicated problems easier without the interference of ancient mythology.
The Russian Orthodox Church obviously plays a role in this, highlighting yet another example of why religion and politics have no business together in a free, functioning, modern society. I won’t hold my breath for American Thinker to support me on that point—indeed, take a scroll down to the comments section of this article to read the litany of “I stand with Putin” statements from bigoted knuckle draggers who think their freedom to impose Christianity on everyone else is threatened by gay people loving each other.