The Post v. Putin: Whose Side Are You On?

tug of warThe culture war has gone global.

And the divisions are not only between, but within nations.

“Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law,” wailed Jay Leno. “I mean, this seems like Germany. Let’s round up the Jews. Let’s round up the gays. … I mean, it starts like that.”

Leno was speaking of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Obama eagerly agreed:

“I have no patience for countries that treat gays or lesbians … in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them. … Nobody is more offended than me by some of the antigay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”

Leno and Obama were referring to a new Russian law prohibiting “homosexual propaganda.” Moscow is also warning foreigners, including visitors to the winter Olympics in Sochi, that propagandizing for gay rights can get them two weeks in detention. No kiss-ins allowed.

“Medieval,” howled The Washington Post. “Mr. Putin’s war” on gays and lesbians is “part and parcel of his lapse into xenophobia, religious chauvinism and general intolerance.”

Monday’s New York Times has a front-page story — “Gays in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From the West” — featuring photos of roughed-up protesters.

Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights — or we may just boycott your Sochi games.

What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.

Only yesterday, homosexual sodomy, which Thomas Jefferson said should be treated like rape, was outlawed in many states and same-sex marriage was regarded as an absurdity.

Was that America we grew up in really like Nazi Germany?

In the Catholic schools this writer attended, pornography — let alone homosexual propaganda — would get one expelled.

Was this really just like Kristallnacht?

As Father Regis Scanlon writes in Crisis Magazine, in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” an “objective disorder.” That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral remains Catholic teaching.

Thus, if we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?

We can no longer even agree on what is good and evil.

When Pope Francis said, “Who am I to judge?” he was saying that a sexual orientation is something over which an individual may have no control, dating to birth or infancy. Hence homosexuals ought not to be condemned, but welcomed into the community.

As for homosexual propaganda and acts, that is another matter.

What, one wonders, is the view of those Evangelical Christians who sustain the Republican Party on homosexual propaganda in the public square? Do they agree with the Post? Or do they agree with Putin?

When the Socialist regime of Francois Hollande enacted a law endorsing same-sex marriage, a million Frenchmen marched in protest in Paris. Is America on Hollande’s side, or the side of the protesters?

When the ultra-Orthodox haredim of Jerusalem denounce the annual gay pride parade in the Holy City, whose side is America on?

The Post weeps for the “young women of the persecuted rock band Pussy Riot,” who engaged in half-naked obscene acts on the high altar of Moscow’s most sacred cathedral.

Had these women crayoned swastikas on the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., would the Post have been so sympathetic?

Putin suggested the ladies try the same stunt in Mecca.

In our late Mideast wars, America has fought for secularist democracy. Yet Christians have suffered horribly, with the murder of priests, the burning of churches, terrorism and wholesale flight.

According to LifeSiteNews, Putin, meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders, urged the world to come together to stop these violent persecutions.

“Especially in the Middle East and North Africa … the rights of religious minorities are infringed, especially Christians and Orthodox Christians. … This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire international community.”

Urging America and the West to join with Russia in saving Syria’s Christians, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said their expulsion from Syria would be a “catastrophe” for civilization.

Has Obama ever spoken out so forcefully for international action to save Christians? Has The New York Times ever exhibited a fraction of the concern for persecuted Christians it daily exhibits for harassed homosexuals?

What did the Post mean by “religious chauvinism”?

Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.

“The adoption of Christianity,” declared Putin, “became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped turn it into one of the largest world powers.”

Anyone ever heard anything like that from the Post, the Times or Barack Hussein Obama?

 

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Pat Buchanan

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Patrick Buchanan is a conservative political commentator and syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?.

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  • BillinJax

    The secular progressive liberals want us to have empathy for and be TOLERANT of every human frailty except of course when a human is at the most vulnerable time of its life: in the womb. This is were their tolerance for humanity ends and selfish desire begins and that willful blindness is the shadow of darkness under which evil has taken hold of those who have accepted its lethal logic.

  • andrea gregorio

    Russia will be forced to change course. It is simply a matter of time. Human progress is inexorable as History has taught us. Better to defined by what you are for, than what you are against.

  • Lee

    Catholics should be aware of our Mother Mary’s request at Fatima,which is recognized by the Church. World-wide reparation to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, the conversion of sinners throughout the world and the conversion of Russia and world peace. Are we to believe that Putin is going to start supporting the growth of religious freedom in Russia? It will be ironic, if America disconnects with the most needy(Christians) throughout the world, by denying them their God given rights and Russia begins. We are having our own kind of religious freedom fight right here in the U.S.A. Say the Rosary, which was the prayer that the Mother of God gave us at Fatima.

  • MjMcC

    Interesting points, Mr. Buchanan. I will continue to pray the rosary for an increase of faith, hope, and charity especially in our nation.

    Andrea Gregorio seems to think that acceptance of homosexual acts is progress. I’m not sure how this is understood as progress. Certainly respect for people with same-sex attractions could be seen as progress. Anything that makes us a little bit more human would be progress. Showing respect to others, civility in our discourse, treating animals with kindness, caring about the future of our planet; all of these would help us be better humans. But acting purely on our attractions/emotions, dismissing our greatest human gift – our reason – is this progress? Or fashioning our laws based on a person’s attractions/emotions instead of logic and reason. This doesn’t look too much like human ‘progress.’

    Just a few thoughts. You may disagree, but at least I trust that you will be courteous in your opinions.

  • Jonwards

    [Right on, Pat, re your good insights. Here's a little thing I ran across on the web.]

    The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up !

    Islam, part of the Living River of History, affected even the 2012 US election!
    The “headwaters” of this River was Adam, according to Judaism, Christianity, Islam etc.

    In the OT (Deut. 28), “tributaries” wanting to join the River will be
    blessed while “distributaries” who want to flow away from it will be
    cursed. Those wishing to totally separate from the fresh Living River
    will end up as polluted, dying “oxbow lakes.”
    In the OT we see
    Israelites repeatedly flowing away from God, then repenting and
    returning to Him; we also see heathen “oxbow lakes” creating their own
    “gods” and being allowed by God to plunder and kill the erring
    Israelites.
    Then, at the right time, the Living River took on new life with the arrival of the Promised One who offers “living water.”

    In the 7th century Islam, drawing from both OT and NT, chose to be a
    distributary away from this River. Many scholars have viewed it as the
    final Antichrist: note “scourge” (Isa. 28), “Assyrian” (Mic. 5),
    “Euphrates” (Rev. 9) etc.
    God will allow this “scourge” to
    temporarily persecute and even kill apostate Jews (JINOs) and Christians
    (CINOs). Jews, especially in “entertainment,” seem more expert in
    apostasy than Christians since Jews have been at it 2000 years longer
    than Christians have (Google “jewishfaces.com/porn.html”) – but
    Christians apparently want to catch up to the Jews!
    It’s
    apparent that others will join Islam in its end-time inquisition; its
    great oil wealth can captivate many leaders and already we are seeing
    apostate American leaders being bribed into turning against true
    American patriots.
    Those who ignore (or try to dilute or
    destroy) the God-ordained Living River of History will be swept down it
    to an ocean made by their own never-ending tears of agony and despair.

    The good news is that American JINOs & CINOs can overcome the
    “scourge” discussed above. The secret is found by checking out “II
    Chronicles 7:14″ & “John 3:16″ on the web.
    There’s still
    time – and freedom – to Google or MSN “Obama Promotes Public Sex,”
    “Obama a Black-Slavery Avenger?,” “Dangerous Radicals of the Religious
    Right,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Mikey Weinstein, Jesus-Basher,”
    “Christ’s return is NOT imminent,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,”
    “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” and (for dessert)
    “Pretrib Rapture Stealth.”
    In light of Matthew 7:2, if we
    tolerate Christian leaders who lie to us and steal from us, we shouldn’t
    be surprised if God allows us to have political leaders who lie to us
    and steal from us!

    A Kansas Patriot (who won FIRST PLACE over 2200 entrants in a nationwide Americanism essay contest)

  • http://twitter.com/crucifixwearer Matthew Olson

    I agree completely, Mr. Buchanan! Please continue to speak up for traditional, common-sense values.

    I wrote about this whole thing recently: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/catholic-analysis/2013/aug/8/obama-putin-and-coming-world/

  • BillinJax

    A case for Martyrdom
    Anyone who thinks we should set our faith aside in America
    in order to avoid stepping over the line in this current political battle for
    the soul of our country is courting disaster.
    One thing is abundantly clear to any Catholic who understands the faith as shepherded by our Holy Father in Rome and that is the current regime in Washington D.C. under Barack Obama is by far the most anti-Catholic administration in the
    history of our country. The really sad thing is that our bishops had too long
    avoided the fight for fear of being accused of mixing politics and religion,
    and in the case of Obama the dreadful racist label from the media, allowing
    those of weak faith within their flocks who entered the political arena selling
    their souls to party platforms in opposition to our faith and values to
    establish a pattern of Christian capitulation.
    We and our societal standards based on the founders reliance
    on Divine guidance are no longer recognized as a legitimate challenge to the
    status quo separation phrase used to deny them. Our elected officials who were
    put into office to protect our freedoms have chosen to be a ruling class unto
    themselves. Those like Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, Dodd, Sebelius and many others
    show no remorse for pandering to the enemies of Holy Mother Church and
    by default are parts of the problem. The situation has become grave and we,
    with guidance from bishops who now realize just how serious the administration
    is in its effort to remove all obstacles to a full blown secularist society,
    have to get involved in the fight for the soul of America.
    It is time to stop pretending we are powerless to defend
    ourselves from those who have abandoned piety in favor of personal power and
    prestige. If we the laity, the Church Militant, are to be the martyrs for the
    faith standing together against the forces of evil which are consuming our
    nation as it progresses on the administrations path into oblivion then so it
    must be. It has and always must be for true followers of Christ a requirement to
    assist the Spirit of Pentecost within us in bringing forth upon our world the
    will of God to have life more abundant using the power of His Truth to make and
    keep men free. It is our duty, along with the message of hope and change within
    the church of Christ, to open the hearts of men to depend on the creators love
    to guide us to the place he is preparing for us not to succumb to the lure of
    an ever expanding totalitarian Marxist styled government promising to provide
    our every need in order to make us slaves to a godless political system.
    Bill Sr.

  • Richard III

    America most certainly did not look like Nazi Germany when that state existed, but it’s looking more and more like it now, or maybe more like the dying Roman Empire.

  • Zak

    Your points are well taken, Mr. Buchanan. However, I have some difficulty believing in the sincerity of Putin as a Christian when he flirts with many women publicly and puts his wife away quietly.

  • As for me and my house

    Although only God can read hearts, three cheers for Putin for standing up to sexual perversion!

  • I_Kibot

    go go go Putin!!!

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