The Voice of Russia (VOR) is the Russian Federation’s state-owned international propaganda machine designed to improve Russia’s image around the world. On Friday, the VOR published an article defending President Vladimir Putin‘s war on gay people by quoting an American hate group leader as an “expert” on homosexuality. The VOR report, which focuses on the anti-gay laws and the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, also states homosexuality is “a matter of choice and human will,” which every major, credible medical association deems false.
The Voice of Russia article, “Russia not homophobic, it’s homorealistic – expert,” states that the propaganda radio network interviewed the infamous Bryan Fischer, a notorious spokesperson for the American Family Association. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which identifies, monitors, and tracks over a thousand hate groups, lists the American Family Association on its page of active anti-gay hate groups.
“VOR also spoke with Bryan Fischer, head of the American Family Association, who has a different view on the situation,” the Voice of Russia reports:
“Russia is not being homophobic, it’s homorealistic – the Russian government is trying to take the issue into consideration and establish public policy to contribute to public health, as this lifestyle is not be promoted, endorsed or granted special legal protection”, the expert said, warning of high health risks linked to this lifestyle.
He cites the Center for Disease Control that has monitored the HIV epidemic since 1987 and determined that 61% of HIV-positive males had sexual contacts with other males.
“Homosexual behavior is just as risky as drug abuse,” Fischer said.
” I think the Russian government is right to be concerned with propaganda on teenagers who are at the age of struggling through sexual identity issue and we should help to channel these urges in productive behavior. Heterosexuality is God’s design. Policies that encourage young people to think this are good ideas.”
Though same-sex marriages are becoming common all across the world, it doesn’t mean that this idea is popular and everybody supports it, Fischer said.
“Homosexual behavior damages the body and soul. We love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth.”
As for Fry’s contentious comparisons, the expert found paralleles between race, which is immutable, and homosexuality, which is a matter of choice and human will, invalid.
Bryan Fischer and the American Family Association advocate for homosexuality to be criminalized, and says gay people “are Nazis.” Fischer is an AIDS denialist, believes allowing children to be raised by same-sex couples is child abuse and endorses the kidnapping of those children.
Last month, Fischer warned of a “concerted effort” to “remove Christians” from the U.S. military and swap them with “hyper-masculine homosexuals,” saying the “main threat to religious liberty is homosexual agenda.”
In May, Fischer claimed that “homosexuality in the end is going to be responsible for the collapse of the Western economy.”
Putin’s propaganda machine is in full force defending his controversial anti-gay laws. Recently, the head of RTR, his state-owned news network, said the hearts of gay people are “unsuitable” for life.
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