Russia working on state-sponsored “cure” as final solution to gay problem

The Russian parliament is working on a state-sponsored “cure” for homosexuality that the Russian government apparently hopes will be a final solution to its ongoing gay problem.

According to Russia Today (a virulently anti-American mouthpiece of the Kremlin), the Russian legislature is working on a measure to provide anonymous government-sponsored “cures” for gay people.

Yes, the Russian government is working on a way to eliminate an entire class of its citizens that it finds morally and politically objectionable.

Can’t you just feel the Olympic spirit?

Russian anti-gay parliamentarian Mikhail Degtyarev. (And I'll ask it again: Do any of these Russian homophobes look straight?)

Russian anti-gay parliamentarian Mikhail Degtyarev. (And I’ll ask it again: Do any of these Russian homophobes look straight?)

The news of Russia’s planned scientific pogrom against gays came from Russian member of parliament Mikhail Degtyarev, who is a Moscow mayoral candidate and expert, apparently, on the “social problem” of menstruation.  Degtyarev explained that the state-sponsored psychologists, psychotherapists and sexologists would help gays “return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens.”

Degtyarev is president of the local fencing association. Among his fencing photos is this beauty in which Degtyarev appears to be preparing to violate Russia's anti-gay propanda law.

Degtyarev is president of the local fencing association. Among his fencing photos is this beauty, in which Degtyarev appears to be moments away from violating Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

With 88% of Russians supporting the country’s draconian new anti-gay law, a law that now threatens Olympic athletes, guests and media, 95 to 99 percent of Russian citizens are hardly what one would call “normal.”

Imagine had a country discussed finding a medical way to rid itself of Jews.  Do you think Coke, Visa and McDonald’s would still be proud sponsors of that country’s propaganda fest?  Fat chance.

One additional note.  Russia’s Degtyarev added that Pride parades (and one assumes holding hands, or wearing rainbow pins) are not really banned under Russia’s new law, provided that the pro-gay act occur late at night, in the dark, with flashlights.  (I’m not joking.  And he actually added “flashlights.”)

It’s going to be awfully hard for New Zealand speedskater Blake Skjellerup to race with his rainbow pin on at night in the dark with a flashlight.  And if he doesn’t, Skjellerup is going to run afoul of Vladimir Putin’s new anti-terror decree that seems to deem gay (and gay-friendly) Olympians like Skjellerup akin to terrorists.

So, gay Olympians apparently now have two choices.

1. They can get cured; or if they refuse to participate in a government-sponsored medical genocide against their own people, they can…

2. Hide during daylight hours and only come out late at night, like vampires (or closeted Russian members of parliament).

Yeah, nothing Nazi about any of that.

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