Gay rights activists shout slogans during their authorized rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 29, 2013.  Police detained several gay activists, who were outnumbered by the protesters. Dozens of gay activists had to be protected by police as they gathered for the parade, which proceeded with official approval despite recently passed legislation targeting gays. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Putin is not the gay bogeyman

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Austin Ruse
President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
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      Austin Ruse

      Austin Ruse has headed the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) since shortly after its creation in the summer of 1997. Mr. Ruse has held the title of President since 2000. Ruse has published in First Things, Washington Times, National Review Online, Weekly Standard, Human Events, Touchstone, as well as newspapers around the world. He has a biweekly column in TheCatholicThing.org.

The Russians I have spoken to — from inside and outside of the government — therefore see much of this in the old-fashioned way, as an “American provocation.”

America has a bad reputation around the world, particularly among traditional peoples, for many reasons, not the least is the immorality we push through our popular culture and now through our official activities. When many foreigners meet Americans they expect pimps, prostitutes, and pornographers.

While we should and do deplore laws that allow violence against homosexuals, the bottom line for Russia and elsewhere is that there is no human right to teach school children about sexual practices, neither is there a human right to parade your sexual preferences and practices down public streets. All else is legal.

With all the problems in our country and the world, do we really have a national interest in intervening in this Russian matter?

Austin Ruse is president of C-FAM, a New York and Washington DC-based research institute focusing exclusively on international law and policy. He writes regularly at CrisisMagazine.or and TheCatholicThing.org