Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Katrin was right...I can imagine you are totally against gay people being offended and ridiculed and it really bugs me how you do not see that religious people as well as others deserve protection.

No, I'm not against gay people being offended. I'm against gay people being ridiculed in a country and a culture that has a history of pogroms against gay people or where hate crimes against gay people is commonplace. Just as I'm opposed to ridiculing members of a religion in a country and a culture that has a history of pogroms against members of that religion or where members of that religion are frequently victims of racist crime.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Russia is not an endangered, repressed faith.

If they'd pulled their stunt in a Russian Orthodox church in Rome, then it would have been a different story. But they didn't, so it isn't.

If this distinction is too difficult for you to grasp, then I suggest you need some remedial training in basic anthropology. Here's a hint: An anti-whatever slogan accompanied by a current prevalence of hate crimes or a cultural history of pogroms against whatever is a threat. An anti-whatever slogan accompanied by a contemporary and historical irrational social deference to whatever is not.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Sep 1st, 2012 at 05:11:12 AM EST
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