Strange bedfellows

What’s a hyper-patriot Christian Dominionist doing praising KGB Col. Putin?

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association – who heads an organization that owns 200 radio stations, and whose anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu, and anti-labor views make him an acceptable guest at “conservative” gatherings – has words of praise for Russian tyrant (and former KGB colonel) Vladimir Putin’s move to suppress public debate over same-sex relationships.

It’s true: they hate us for our freedom.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

13 thoughts on “Strange bedfellows”

  1. Russia has a demographic problem with highly sub-replacement TFR.

    This may be their attempt at combating that problem with a “natalist” agenda.

    Admirers of the trajectory of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and Western Europe proudly proclaim that the increased visibility that came via depictions in popular culture played a role in raising awareness and acceptance of homosexuality. To gay rights and gay marriage advocates, this is an unalloyed good. To those who hold the belief that a healthy country is one that has a growing population, this role for popular culture is negative and not positive.

    None of the aforementioned points means that this policy is acceptable.

    1. Actually, Russia’s population has basically stabilized. Fertility rates have recovered since the 90’s and are close to replacement level. When immigration is included, as it is of course for the U.S. and European nations, Russia is currently experiencing a modest population growth. So, if it’s population is 143.4 million today, it will be 100,000 to 200,000 more by the end of the year. Of course, the Western media is still stuck on the Russia is dying meme despite the fact that a. other former Soviet republics like Ukraine and the Baltic states are doing much worse demographically and b. major European nations like Germany are suffering from collapses in fertility.

    1. Has anyone used the 60s line “If you like Russia so much why don’t you go live there?” with these schmucks? Oh, that’s right, they don’t appear anyplace they might face questions from other than true believers.

  2. I think the American right-wingers wouldn’t like it much in Russia but not because of any questions from non-true believers. If it’s one thing that Russia’s got plenty of right now, it’s got to be true believing, right-wing Christians. Maybe something of a denominational conflict, of course, since the brand of Christianity there is strictly Russian Orthodox—no evangelicals or Baptists of any stripe are welcome.

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