Russia has become a dangerous place for dissent. Its ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, has accomplished what Republicans in America only dream of: he's built an electoral majority by appealing to the most religious and conservative elements of society, including by courting the alliance of the Russian Orthodox Church. With his victories, he's becoming increasingly autocratic, dispensing with even the pretense of democracy.
Besides his notorious sidestepping of term-limit laws, he's presided over show-trial prosecutions of political opponents and reformers on flimsy or trumped-up charges. He's brought down the wrath of the state against artists who mock religion. He's looked the other way as crusading journalists have been brutally beaten and murdered, and his government may have been directly involved in at least one such killing. In the classic tactic of dictators everywhere, he's diverting attention from his own authoritarianism by painting a marginalized minority as a powerful and sinister enemy corrupting society from within. In this case, the invented enemy is Russia's LGBT community.
via Adam Lee's article at www.alternet.org
Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the American Family Association (AFA): Russia's anti-gay law doesn't go far enough.
Linda Harvey, founder of Mission: America: Christians should pray for the Russian laws to continue; "they are protecting kids."
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute: plans to travel there to meet with government officials to offer his support.
And this profoundly disappointing stance from the International Olympic Committee: "the IOC announced that all protests and political statements by athletes ould be forbidden at the [2014 winter] Olympics [in Russia], thus making it clear whose side it's on."
Also by Adam Lee, "American Fundamentalists Applaud Russian Eliminationism."