I've been reading up on the current East-West standoff brewing in Russia over their recent unanimously passed legislation outlawing, basically, LGBT propaganda. Before I comment, I want to note that I'm not supporting or opposing the legislation - I don't even know the strict summary of it. And I also condemn any idiots who take it upon themselves to physically assault people for just about any reason short of 'threatening their lives / family with harm'. What I want to focus on here is a few facts going unreported in the conversation about Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law.
Claim: Russia's anti-LGBT law is entirely religiously motivated.
I mean, it seems reasonable - right? After all, as we've been told repeatedly in the West, all arguments against same-sex sexual relations and same-sex marriage are religious arguments, and thus have no place in the law based on that fact.
There's two problems with that. First is the fact that Russian polls are reporting 88% support for Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. But unless things have changed radically, around a third of Russia is either non-religious, atheist, or undecided. That would mean that, if these numbers are accurate, then it's certain that substantial numbers of the irreligious in Russia are supporting the anti-LGBT propaganda law. This is hardly being reported in any news article I've so far come across - they mention the orthodox, they mention religious objections, but atheist/'secular' support for the law isn't spoken of at all. Rather like how the previous APA position on same-sex attraction has gone down the memory hole, and now it's always been the opinion of the religious, and the religious alone, that same-sex attraction is disordered.
Further evidence comes in the form of the vote itself. Again, you'll read reports talking about these laws passing unanimously in the Duma - 434-0. What you won't hear about is the current Duma makeup. 49.5% United Russia, 19.2% Communist Party, 13.2% A Just Russia, 11.7% LDPR.
That means the far-left and the far-right in Russia came together to support this bill. Once again, unless the Communists are now hotbeds of religious fervor, apparently the situation is a little more complicated.
There's more going on here that's worth talking about, but I wanted to get these particular facts out. They're hardly being mentioned anywhere, and they put the entire situation in Russia in a very different light than what others are intentionally trying to present.