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Mon Mar 3, 2014, 12:50 PM

Will American Religious Right Groups Go Ahead With Their Kremlin Summit?

As President Obama and world leaders debate whether to go ahead with this year’s planned G-8 meeting in Sochi after Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine, American Religious Right leaders are facing a diplomatic dilemma of their own. In September, social conservative leaders from around the globe, including representatives of several major American Religious Right groups are planning to hold the annual World Congress of Families gathering at the Kremlin. The gathering is supported by political leaders in Russian Orthodox Church and will include a joint session with the Russian parliament.

American social conservatives have rallied – with varying levels of enthusiasm – to support Russian President Vladimir Putin as his government has passed a series of anti-gay laws and joined with the church to take up other “family values” issues. These activists, in praising Russia’s renewed push on issues such as gay rights, have largely chosen to ignore the role that social issues are playing in Putin's larger plans.

Issues such as gay rights, abortion rights, and population growth aren't a side project for Putin – they're closely entwined with his tightening grip on power and what Julia Ioffe calls his “appetite for expansion.” For instance, as Buzzfeed's Lester Feder has reported extensively, Russia and its allies in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe have riled up anti-gay sentiment as part of a larger agenda of fomenting distrust of the EU and the West. Putin’s anti-gay crackdown has also been useful in promoting nationalist sentiment within Russia and to provide a useful scapegoat as he tightens his grip on power.

The American Right has found Putin's Russia to be an ally of convenience as they work to build an international movement opposing gay rights, choice, and religious pluralism. But how far are they willing to take the relationship?

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/will-american-religious-right-groups-go-ahead-their-kremlin-summit

Our religious right probably supports Russian takeover in Crimea. If Ukraine is going to become more closely associated with the socialist, humanist, gay-loving pro-choice Europe, our fundamentalists should be happy that at least one of Ukraine's provinces will be under the tight conservative control of their buddy, Vladimir.

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theHandpuppet Mar 2014 #1
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theHandpuppet Mar 2014 #6
EC Mar 2014 #3
pampango Mar 2014 #5
okaawhatever Mar 2014 #4

Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 01:10 PM

1. Partners in the "World Congress of Families"

http://worldcongress.org/sponsors.htm

Home site: http://worldcongress.org/

From what I've read on their site, they'll feel right at home.

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Response to theHandpuppet (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 01:48 PM

2. Eeek

I clicked. My eyes! A list of assholes & fake "foundations." The hate is palpable.

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Response to xfundy (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:38 PM

6. And no doubt, all tax-exempt

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:12 PM

3. maybe we'll get lucky and they'll

just stay there, since it seems their ideal way to live.

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Response to EC (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:17 PM

5. Maybe they can be given Russian passports like many in Crimea and ex-Berkut might get. Everyone wins

The religious right gets to live in a country that lives by the rules they cherish and Russia gets enthusiastic new citizens.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:16 PM

4. Take Ted Cruz with you. nt

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