Where is Our World Going?
by NikitaRazzak on September 13, 2013 - 6:12pm
The article that was posted in the New York Times named “ Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown” on July 21, 2013, was talking about a very controversial topic in our society today, homosexuality. More precisely, it talks about the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, making “Anti-Homosexual” laws. One of them stating that any couple living in a country where gay marriage is permitted is banned from adopting a Russian-born baby. Another absurd law states that anyone who is suspected of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” could be sent to jail for 14 days. That means that even if someone is not homosexual and is accused of being so, they face brutal consequences. It has even gotten to the point where Mr. Putin is thinking about removing children away from their own families if the parents are or are suspected to be homosexual.
Most people say that the reason why the President is so determined to “criminalize homosexuality” is because he says that the Russian birthrate is diminishing, therefore he thinks that the solution is to promote heterosexuality, which will, in his opinion, increase the birthrate. Putin says that homosexuality is also banned because he wants to protect children from pedophiles; ironically, 90% of pedophiles are heterosexual men. Thus, the President’s so-called laws do not really help the society in any way; they create segregation and inequality more than anything.
Many people like Harvey Fierstein, the writer of this article, think that the actual motive behind Putin's numerous discriminatory laws is to get people's attention away from Russia's failing policies and to get all their attention on him, so that he can gain more political power. He is basically discriminating the homosexuals and the bisexuals by trying to get rid of them. That is exactly the same motive that Hitler had in mind during the second World War when he exterminated a terrifying number of the Jewish people. The worst part is that severe violence is being used against these innocent people. In fact, in May a young man living in the city of Volgograd was murdered for being gay. "He was beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock". Nevertheless, the world's population still does not do much about this situation.
In my opinion, this situation is going too far. In this day and age, people should have the right to be who they are, without being pressured or forced to conform to the society's standards. The world has evolved tremendously throughout the years and has become more open-minded but why is it that the Russian population is still close-minded about homosexuality? This is a really big problem not only in Russia but everywhere else in the world, I think that it is time we take drastic measures or else this situation will definitely worsen...